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Re: Impala SS Warning
In a message dated Mon, 8 Jul 1996 16:56:53 -0400, email@example.com (Duff,
>I thought I read a review of the new Caprice Classic in Crap & Drivel
>(tm) a while back that said they were favored by police departments for
>their size, until someone tried a high speed pursuit, and the thing did
>a fair imitation of a Frisbee. After which they governed them to a
>little over 100mph. Not sure what they did to the Impala, but they do
>share body styles.
>Ian Duff, New Bedford, MA, USA
>1990 Coupe Quattro 20v
Hi again Ian,
Just to let you know, the Caprice *can* do 137mph in stock police form (circa
1992-93), which is the *old* version of the 5.7 liter (as I understand).
Apparently, the current 5.7 liter block puts out 260 hp!
Our troopers (NJ) claim to be able to take the car to 162 mph, which is
potentially possible, but when they don't modify their brakes, tires,
suspensions, it's *highly* dangerous!! Unfortunately, they don't realize
this, and a trooper lost his life in a motorcycle pursuit recently...
My Caprice can do 110 mph plus, but as I have the 85 mph speedometer (even
though it's a heavy-duty package), one only can guess from how far down the
guage the needle goes!
The one car to watch out for is the police-equipped Taurus (non-bubble),
which, at 130mph, starts to lift off!! Just to let all you S4/S6's out there
know! (if you have your governing wire removed, *and* Z rated tires
Sorry for the non-Audi content!
1986 Chevy Caprice, 4.3 liter V6