Police Shootout: Ford Crown Victoria, Chevy Caprice Go Off-Road on Roadkill

No one ever wants to be chased by a fleet of cop cars, but if you found yourself in that position, which vehicle would you least want to have in pursuit? It’s an age-old question (one we asked last year in our cop car shootout): Which law enforcement vehicle is best when it comes to chasing down bad guys? To find out, Hot Rod’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan buy a pair of retired Ford Crown Victoria and Chevy Caprice full-size sedans and do what they do best on this week’s Roadkill.

Chevrolet Caprice 9C1 cop car dirt racing 300x187 imageFor the purposes of this episode, the Roadkill crew bought two examples of what they call the best used cop cars currently on the market: the 1994-1996 Chevy Caprice 9C1, and 2003-2011 Ford Crown Victoria P71. The Chevy is rated at 260 hp (though Freiburger believes it makes more) from its 350-CID LT1 V-8, while the Crown Vic’s 4.6-liter V-8 is rated at 250 hp. To start things off, the team takes the two former squad cars to an enormous parking lot in Arcadia, Calif. for some very unscientific testing. The tests include drag racing, pulling Rockfords, plowing through a pyramid of trash cans, and drifting until someone blows a tire.

They head out to the desert to fulfill Finnegan’s lifelong dream of building a dirt track on his parents’ undeveloped, middle-of-nowhere property. The two hosts eventually find the 2.4-acre plot of land and drive the cop cars around to carve out the track. Both vehicles end up getting stuck in the process, but eventually the course is ready to host an American full-size sedan throw-down. Watch the full episode below to find out which cop car comes out on top.

By Alex Nishimoto

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