"To all who have these kind of comments, they may fit the civillian version of these cars. But if you've ever driven the cop model, you'd think different.
First, besides being an A&P, I am also a certified master auto technician. Second, I've worked on these things, and I owned a 90 Caprice 9C1, so I may know what I'm talking about.
The 9C1 package is the police version of it, it includes heavy duty brakes, suspension,
140 amp alternater, silicone coolant hoses, engine/ transmission oil coolers, heavy duty 700R4 transmission with revised valve body calibration, (this trans was no different, except for mounting, as the one in the Corvette) and optional was the venerable 5.7 liter small block Chevy.
The handling on these cars was excellent for a car this size, in fact the later versions, 94-96, felt tighter than the Impala SS
of the same years thanks to extra body mounts that the SS
never came with. These cars outhandle, outbrake and outaccelerate my Honda Accord that's for sure. The only thing the Honda does better is pass gas stations. 94-96's with the LT
-1, had top speeds in excess of 140mph, and got there relatively quickly.
Think about this, a police department would operate these vehicles 24 hours a day 365 days a year, only down for scheduled maintenance, I put reliabilty of these cars on par with my Accord. I know people who work in police dept. garages, and they say they wish Chevy never stopped making the Caprice, Even the cops who drive them prefer them to the Crown Vics they have now.
You are so right. People who say its garbage dont base it on any facts or anything else. epitome of 1/4 mile? BS
I have just dropped a *big* amount of money for a special Lingenfelter outfit which is almost impossibly hard to get for a 96 SS
now. I had in mind to sell the car but I cant part with it...and now since ive dropped a sizeable amount into it theres no way.
Chevrolet Impala SS
Lingenfelter Outfit stats: Engine -383 Tranny - AutoOD HP
- 425@5000 Torque - 467@3500 4.7 1/4 -firstname.lastname@example.org
If my memory serves me right 12.9 is a standard 03' SVT Cobra 1/4...And if you think this car cannot outhandle a IS300, or a Prelude your in for a rude awakening. And the fact that now I have 425 horses and 467 pounds of torque to tap into when I wish to spank someone feels great. Nothing like the power of a LT1 coming out of dual flowmasters...not a fart cannon with a 2 foot diameter.
"Those Camaros are pretty fast, there is no getting away from one of those."
There are both Camaro and Mustang police outfits. No, you wont get away in your Prelude VTEC...