2013 Chevy Caprice Police Car Updates: RPO Central15
The 2013 Chevy Caprice PPV — or Police Patrol Vehicle — receives just one rather humorous update for the new model year: a pair of new rear door panel inserts that does away with pockets and fabric… because the criminals riding in the back shouldn’t need those convenience features anyway… right?
Here are the official RPO updates:
- (FCP) New rear door interior panels (eliminated door pockets and fabric) on 1SB equipment group only
- Cloth front and Cloth rear seat RPO code changes from AAW to ADX on 1SB equipment group only
- Cloth front and Vinyl rear seat RPO code changes from AEH to ACC
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I hope that this year they sort out the importing/shipping issues that were rumoured last year. This is too good of a car to be tarnished by availability/long delivery. This is the 1st year that the Vic isn’t going to be offered right, so makes me wonder if now we’ll see what the police departments go to for new vehicles this year.
Every department I showed the car to hates the console shifter. Put it on the column. Others hate the RWD, since we have snow – some have finally accepted the Impala.
I guess I can say that depending who you ask, you may get different answers. While I am a big column shifter fan, it seems as if the Dodge Chargers are as common for police cars and don’t offer column shifter as an option. I read somewhere that police officers were trained with RWD setup, which supposedly makes RWD favorable. Though with the snow, I do understand. I am a fan of Impalas.
One of the best snow cars I’ve ever driven was my wife’s RWD BMW with limited slip rearend.
If the Aussies can’t build them in the numbers needed, them what?
Morph the Camaro’s looks to this type of car, and nobody could make enough of them.
“Caprice” is a bad name for a police vehicle.
Definition of Caprice:
a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one’s mind or the weather.
a tendency to change one’s mind without apparent or adequate motive; whimsicality;
Not unlike an autocratic police state, of which the Caprice would fit in nicely!
Column shifter? they belong on relics from the past, not a modern sedan. Chevrolet has got it right with car, in many, many ways.
Column shifter? they belong on relics from the past, not a modern sedan. Chevrolet has got it right with this car, in many, many ways.
most Police Departments puts in their own floor console, therefore making it easier to store or mount laptop, radio and other police equipment without the floor shifter in the way. Don’t get me wrong Dodge Chargers are common police cars with floor shifter. I believe for the most part, it is easier to purchase vehicles for police use without anything between the front seats.
Why do you guys keep stating that Dodge Charger Police Vehicles have a shifter on the floor? The Police Pkg Dodge Charger has a column mounted shifter. If you see a Charger with the shifter on the floor it is a civilian model. The Caprice PPV has the shifter on the ground, but Havis Shields make a console with the area notched out so it not really a biggie. It is the only sedan that is bigger than the Crown Vic offered. The new Ford Interceptor Sedan is drasticly smaller and so is the Dodge Charger..Actually the Impala has more interior room than New Ford Sedan & Dodge Charger and is 5k Cheaper.
All Dodge Carger police cars have the column shifter in them. RWD is the only way to go for law enforcement unless you work in a large city. Then, and only then can I understand wanting AWD or FWD. On the highways and county roads, anything but RWD will get you killed. The Caprice does need a column shifter because space is extremely limited for our equipment and the extra space is a must. My department has Tahoes, Cro. Vic., Caprice and Chargers. There will probably never be another police car as solid and reliable at the Cro. Vic. The only complain on them is they are slow slow slow. Chargers are cheaply made and expensive to keep running. Caprice is a good car all around except it needs column shifter and a deeper trunk. We will be buying nearly all Tahoes from now on. The Tahoes have impressive performance for a large SUV but need faster acceleration. If the 6.0 in the Caprice was placed in the Tahoe, it would by far be the best police vehicle on the market.
I’m glad your city, not mine, is paying for the gas for those things. 😎
I drive a 2013 caprice, our department has 13 now and more on order. It is by far a better vehicle then the charger and in most cases better then the crown vic. I am over 6 foot and I have more leg room and head room then in the vic. I can’t even get in and out of the dodge with out hitting my knees on the dash or the wheel. The caprice with the RWD is the way to go. The low profile with the drive train handles better then the ford and the dodge. I have driven them all and many a mile at that. The caprice is the way to go. But I do agree that if they could get the caprice interior into the Camaro body with the same performance package it would sell. but not as a Police Package. (4 Door) Camanooooooo. It’s bad even with a (4 Door) Charger. but the Camaro would be UGLY. The floor shifter just takes a little getting use to. (I have turned the windshield wipers on a time or two.) but the way ours are set up the shifter is not in the way at all.