2015-MY Mich. Police Vehicle Testing Results Released

October 27, 2014

Photo of Tahoe PPV courtesy of MSP.
Photo of Tahoe PPV courtesy of MSP.

The Michigan State Police has released preliminary results of its performance tests of 2015-MY patrol vehicles in a field with an increasing number of SUVs for law enforcement agencies.

The Michigan State Police's Precision Driving Unit evaluated 10 sedans and four SUVs during September testing that included high-speed performance (acceleration and top speed), braking, and driving dynamics. The unit also evaluated seven motorcycles.

This year, the unit tested several new four-wheel models, including the four-wheel-drive pursuit-rated Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and refreshed Dodge Charger Pursuit (four models).

State troopers tested the AWD 3.7L Ford Police Interceptor sedan; V-6 Chevrolet Caprice PPV; V-6 Charger Pursuit; FWD 3.5L Ford P.I. sedan; Chevrolet Impala Limited; AWD V-8 Charger Pursuit; AWD EcoBoost Ford P.I. sedan; V-8 Caprice PPV; AWD EcoBoost Ford P.I. Utility; V-8 Charger Pursuit; RWD Tahoe PPV; AWD 3.7L Ford P.I. Utility; V-6 Charger Pursuit; and 4WD Tahoe PPV.

Among the sedans in the V-8 and turbocharged category, the top-speed crown was shared by the AWD turbo P.I. sedan and the AWD Charger with a 3.08 axle ratio. Both vehicles reached 149 mph. It was followed by the Charger with a 2.62 axle ratio (148 mph) and 6.0L Caprice PPV (147 mph).

The turbo P.I. sedan again recorded the fastest 0-60 mph increment (5.85 seconds) followed by the Caprice PPV (6.17), 3.08 axle-ratio Charger (6.31) and 2.62 axle-ratio Charger (6.38). The turbo P.I. also recorded the fastest 0-100 mph time at 14.19 seconds followed by the Caprice PPV (14.69), 2.62 axle ratio Charger (15.48), and 3.08 axle-ratio Charger (15.63).

Among the V-6 sedans, the Chevrolet Impala achieved the top speed of 150 mph, followed by the 3.6L Caprice PPV (147 mph), both axle-ratio Chargers (141 mph), and both no-turbo P.I. sedans (132 mph). The Impala reached 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds, while the Caprice PPV reached 0-100 mph in 19.41 seconds.

The utility vehicle category saw a new entry with the 4WD Tahoe PPV. Among the four entries, the rear-wheel Tahoe reached a top speed of 139 mph. The turbo P.I. Utility reached 0-60 mph in 6.55 seconds and reached 0-100 mph in 16.13 seconds.

In brake testing, the V-6 AWD Charger with the 3.08 axle ratio stopped from 60-0 mph in 124.8 feet. It was followed by the V-8 Charger with the 2.62 axle ratio (125.1) and V-8 Caprice (126.8). Among utility vehicles, the turbo AWD P.I. Utility was the top braking vehicle at 132.5 feet.

In driving dynamics testing, the V-8 AWD Charger with the 3.08 axle ratio recorded the fastest 2-mile lap time at 1 minute, 34 seconds (1:34.80). In the utility category, the AWD turbo P.I. Utility led the way at 1 minute, 37 seconds (1:37.42). The 4WD Tahoe PPV didn't complete the testing and is being re-tested.

By Paul Clinton

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2015-MY Mich. Police Motorcycle Test Results Released

Michigan 2014 Patrol Vehicle Testing Results Released

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