A new team member arrives in the law enforcement fleet: Meet the 2023 Chevy Silverado Police Pursuit Vehicle, the first-ever Silverado called into service. The base pickup is a crew cab with a short bed sporting the Z71 package, which adds performance shocks, a locking rear differential and a skid plate. Other upgrades appropriate for patrolling the streets are also making their way onto the police truck.
Under the hood, the Silverado PPV houses a 5.3-liter V8 producing 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque routed to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Upgraded parts include a heavy-duty air cleaner to optimize engine performance and six-piston Brembo brake calipers with 16-inch rotors up front. It rolls on 20-inch steel wheels wrapped in speed-rated Goodyear all-terrain tires. For a quick refresher, this pickup has a turning radius of 46.9 feet and can tow up to 9,300 pounds.
For urgent riding demands over rough terrain, a two-inch raised suspension is available that provides 11.35 inches of ground clearance and an approach angle of 25.0 degrees. Recognizing that police trucks will be outfitted with aftermarket law enforcement parts, Chevrolet offers several options to accommodate specialized equipment.
They include auxiliary wiring, a monitor mode circuit, LED headlamps and a front center seat delete. In addition, the headlights and taillights are equipped with standard turn signals to help reduce installation costs on the road.
As for the interior, there are optional power-adjustable cloth seats and both heavy-duty vinyl flooring and rear seats. Keyless entry, engine start/stop and a column shifter are standard, and with 129.8 cubic feet there are plenty of ways to configure the storage space. The automaker adds a 220-amp alternator and two 120-volt outlets at no extra cost. For emergency equipment, a bank of switches with 30 amp and 20 amp circuits is also available.
Chevrolet offers a dipped, waterproof three-pronged tonneau cover to better protect towed items, and there’s also the optional multi-flex tailgate for easier access. Additionally, the Chevy Silverado PPV comes standard with a suite of safety features, including lane-keep assist with departure warning, forward collision warning, and emergency braking.
As most of you might remember, before the Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle was introduced in 1997, the choice of law enforcement wheels were the Impala and Caprice. The newest PPV hits the road in the United States and Canada starting in late summer.