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New Patrol Cars Hitting Streets

September 25, 2006 by Cpl Edward Koczan

You may be seeing new vehicles patrolling your neighborhoods soon. This year the SBPD purchased 25 new 2006 Chevrolet Impala 9C1 patrol package vehicles to update and replace older vehicles, including older Impalas and Dodge Intrepids from 2000-2002.

The Impala was substantially redesigned for 2006. New is a 3.9-liter V6 engine, replacing the venerable 3.8. The new engine uses variable valve timing and a variable-length intake manifold to help produce 240 hp, 40 more than last year's 3.8.

The new vehicles are also being equipped with new computers by Dell, replacing Panasonic Toughbooks which have been the mainstay of the computer system since MDTs were first installed in the vehicles.

In addition, all marked patrol cars feature in car audio/video recording systems, GPS/Vehicle location systems and car alarms.

Some quick 2006 Chevy Impala 9C1 & 9C3 Specs:
Brakes: 4-wheel Anti-lock Disc Brakes with Police Calibration and Heavy Duty Front Brake Pads Engine: 3900 Series SFI V6 with High Speed Fuel Cut-Off. Includes Wide Open Throttle Air Conditioning Cut Off. (When Overhead Lights, Spotlights, Radio Antennas, Sirens, and Other Emergency Equipment are Installed, Overall Performance May Be Somewhat Lower.) Suspension: 4-Wheel Independent, Firm Ride and Handling with Increased Ride Height Springs, Heavy Duty Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
Transmission: Heavy-Duty 4T65E 4-Speed Automatic, (Traction Control is Not Available on Police Package). Electronically-Controlled Transmission Provides Protection Against Over-Revving the Engine in Low Gear and a Mechanical Low Gear Blockout is Not Required. If a Driver Manually Selects LOW Gear and Fails to Manually Upshift to HIGH gear, the Powertrain Control Module Automatically Protects the Drivetrain.
Wheels: 16 x 6.5 Heavy-Duty Steel

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