Great choice! This is one of my all time favorite car chases. The movie itself was a gritty, French Connection inspired police story that was good at the time but feels slow-paced and difficult to understand today. As Roy Scheider cop movies go, Blue Thunder is a lot more fun.
The sound effects engineers make this relatively mild-mannered Pontiac Ventura sound like a beast but it's not very realistic to hear it grabbing gears. The GM X bodies were well regarded as police cars, though. They may not rate the attention that the Mustang 5.0 did years later, but as I recall Police Novas were often at the head of the chase and the first at the scene.