Sometimes I forget that the government needs vehicles too. I was quickly reminded when I was offered a 2018 Police spec Tahoe to review. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive a police pursuit vehicle, continue reading.
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe PPV has a 5.3L v8 and six speed automatic transmission. Contrary to popular belief, there is no “Police Chip” for performance. The PPV is just as fast as any other Tahoe civilians can buy. The transmission isn’t anything special either, although it does have a towing mode which is helpful.
The PPV comes with a handful of features not offered in the regular Tahoe. First of all being the red button to the left of the steering wheel. Once pressed, you can remove the keys while keeping the car running. The reason for this is when an officer exits the vehicle, they can keep the car running for the dash cam, lights, radio, etc. But then if you go to hit the gas, the car will shut off so it can’t be stolen by a suspect or anyone else. The PPV also gets a red light in the headliner for night missions. Last notable difference is that the PPV is just straight up beefier than the regular Tahoe. The PPV has added skid plates, heavy duty bumpers, and rubberized floor mats.
Driving a purpose built police vehicle is strange. It wasn’t that comfortable, it wasn’t that fast, but it will last thousands of hours on the job. I learned that police vehicles aren’t that glamorous, but that’s okay.