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#691 of 3636 2006 Police Impala
Oct 06, 2005 (10:55 am)
Results of 0-60 times for 2006 Police cars (smooth top police vehicles) tested at Michigan Police testing grounds a few weeks ago.
2006 Police Dodge Charger 5.7 ..........0-60 6.52 seconds
" " Dodge Magnum 5.7 0-60 6.55 seconds
Dodge Charger 3.5 0-60 N/A
" Chevrolet Impala 3.9 0-60 8.83 seconds
" Ford CV 4.6 0-60 8.93 seconds
The Police Impala lowered its 0-60 times by 4/10s of a second from the 3.8 2005 model. 9.24 seconds.....
The new Dodge Charger & Magnum had impressive stops from 60-0.....(deceleration) beating the rest of the competition in braking. Dodge Charger 5.7 ungoverned top speed was 150mph......the Impala (ungoverned) 142 mph. Not sure what their governed top speed will be. A governed/or ungoverned top speed over 129 mph will require very expensive tires that have much stronger side walls to handle the speed.
The 00-05 Smooth roof Police Impalas had a governed top speed of 126 mph.....but with roof lights and spotlights attached 113-116 mph was their top end. Many police officers complain of being out run by Neons and Corollas when chasing with a Police Impala.
The rest of the results of these tests will become available at the end of October.
Fuel mileage, road course speed......0-100mph. etc.
Oct 06, 2005 (12:30 pm)
beat out the rest of the V8's with fuel economy. That could be one of its strongest selling points.
Why does chevy not choose to offer the V8 impala for police duty alongside the v6???
I just don't get it.
#693 of 3636 where's the ABS?
Oct 06, 2005 (4:49 pm)
Looked at 2 LS's. No ABS. Not impressed with Goodyear Integrity tires, a step down from the Eagle GA's. They need to get some new colors, too. I'll wait a year til they get the bugs out and get an 07.
#694 of 3636 Revision or New?
Oct 06, 2005 (5:06 pm)
Is the 06 a revision or a new Impala?
#695 of 3636 Re: Revision or New? [imidazol97]
Oct 06, 2005 (5:15 pm)
From what I can see the "06 is totally new. One of our daughters has an '05, and about the only things in common between her car and our '06 LTZ is the bowtie badge, and the Onstar. Both are quite good cars, but the styling on the '06 is far better...IMO. The old 3.8 engine has been one of the best engines to come out of Detroit...insofar as reliability, etc. Hopefully, this 3.9 will carry on that tradition.
#696 of 3636 Re: Revision or New? [deminin]
Oct 06, 2005 (5:37 pm)
"Once again, GM playing "catch up" not "trailblazer" (ironic since they make one of those ). And in the end, it's a revision for 2006, not a redesign. The Ford Explorer got as many or more updates than the Impala this year, but we won't be getting one of those for the long-term fleet either."
editor_karl, "Karl's Daily Log Book" #2085, 6 Oct 2005 8:10 pm
This link is to a discussion about which cars Edmunds should do a long term test on. The editor called the car a redesign --not new.
#697 of 3636 Re: 2006 Police Impala [charts2]
Oct 06, 2005 (6:31 pm)
This 06 Impala with the 3.9L performs horribly. It beats the 3.8L by only 0.4 sec.
A 05 3.0L Honda Accord which has the same hp as the 06 Impala with the 3.9L can kick its ass. The Accord goes to 60 in 7.0 sec and sure the Police Version probably weighs more but still that's a lot of time difference.
GM should dump the 4 speed transmission because it is hurting the performance as Charts has shown.
If I replace my 01 Impala 3.8L I would definitely not get the 3.9L. Only V8 for me.
#698 of 3636 Re: Revision or New? [imidazol97]
Oct 06, 2005 (6:33 pm)
06 is not all new, it sits on the same platform. Interior and exterior + engines are new though!
Oct 06, 2005 (8:42 pm)
will replace the 4 speed, i think within the next year, probably latest by 2008, they are using the new transmission co developped with ford, on the new Tahoe and Yukon.
you are absolutley right, the 4 speed hurts performance. It is a bulletproof transmission, though. That is more than anyone can say of honda.
The honda bieng faster is also due to its smaller size and weight. It is in a different class of car.
#700 of 3636 Re: They [exalteddragon1]
Oct 07, 2005 (2:45 am)
I heard that Honda has found a way to improve the reliability of their transmission failure prone trucks and cars: they're putting a spare transmission in the trunk. Can't get better than the ingenuity of those foreign companies at building reliable cars, right!