The new Vauxhall Vectra is ready for police service and forces up and down the country are starting to take delivery of demonstrator models for a six-month evaluation period.
The police-specification Vectra shares its interior, transmission and 147PS 2.2 litre engine with the SRi.
There is uprated suspension, brakes and electrics, plus a specialised console which allows police to fit specific radio, light and siren switchgear. There are xenon headlights and a reinforced external roof structure carries a light bar.
A 1.8 litre petrol engine version, with an option for LPG dualfuel power, will also be available to police forces, along with a powerful 2.2 diesel engined model. A 3.2 litre V6 version will also be available.
All Vectra police cars are built to Home Office specification, including electro-magnetic compatibility standards designed to prevent external signals from interfering with the cars’ communications equipment.
"Vectra has entered this market at a very important time, as budgets force police to be even more conscious of whole-life costs, an area in which Vauxhall excels," says Brian Tavener, managing director of Special Vehicle Operation, which prepares all of Vauxhall’s police and emergency vehicles.
"Our reputation with the outgoing Vectra makes us confident that Vectra is the right product at the right time."Published 10 July 2002