Ford has dominated the police vehicle market for years now thanks to the popularity of the Police Interceptor Utility and Ford F-150 Police Responder. The newest version of the latter – which just launched last spring – also happens to be faster than its predecessor and its rivals, while the Police Interceptor Utility is the fastest police vehicle in America, period. Now, however, the F-150 Police Responder has a new rival from a very familiar foe – the 2023 Chevy Silverado PPV, according to GM Authority.
The 2023 Chevy Silverado PPV is GM’s very first pursuit-rated version of the full-size pickup, joining the Tahoe PPV in the automaker’s law enforcement offerings. Available in crew-cab, short-bed, four-wheel drive configuration, the Silverado PPV shares quite a few of its underpinnings with the Tahoe PPV, including six-piston Brembo brake front calipers with 16-inch rotors, the same 20-inch black steel wheels, and 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain speed-rated tires.
The Silverado PPV is powered by GM’s 5.3L V8, which is outfitted with a standard heavy-duty engine air filter and produces 355 horsepower that flows to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Max towing capacity comes in at 9,300 pounds, with a turning radius of 46.9 feet. To enhance its off-road capability, the Silverado PPV comes standard with the same Rancho shocks included with the Z71 package, a locking rear differential, and a skid plate. A 2-inch suspension lift is also available as an option for departments that need a little extra ground clearance.
The Silverado PPV comes ready to uptfit with five upfitter switches, auxiliary wiring circuits for a horn and siren, a Surveillance Mode circuit for lighting control, an optional front center seat delete, and LED or halogen spot lamps. Inside the cabin, the police pickup comes standard with remote keyless entry, push to start, a column shifter, and heavy-duty vinyl flooring and rear seats, while power cloth seats are available as an option.
GM offers a bevy of additional options for the Silverado PPV as well, including an upfitter switch bank with three 30-amp and two 20-amp circuits, a hard tri-fold tonneau cover, multi-flex tailgate, and safety features including Protected Idle, Adaptive Cruise Control,
Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert.
“We are constantly having conversations with customers and evaluating how we can better meet their needs,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “Our 25 years of engineering Tahoe police pursuit vehicles coupled with Chevrolet’s 100 years of truck success, puts us in a great position to deliver a truly capable Silverado PPV for our customers.”