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 |  Jul 13 2010, 12:15 PM

Chevrolet‘s fleet-only Caprice will likely be sold to the General Public after a tide of interest forced General Motors to re-consider their plans to restrict sales to fleets.

The Caprice is essentially a stretched version of the Pontiac G8, a rear-drive, V8 powered large sedan based off the much-lauded, Australian market Holden Commodore. The G8 was beloved by enthusiasts but tepidly received by the public. The G8 lasted only two model years before the Pontiac brand was killed by General Motors.

According to a report from Carenvy.ca, a “very reliable source” confirmed that the car will be sold in dealerships, but gave no details as to trim levels or how the vehicle would be positioned. After contact Car Envy’s Peter Dushenski, we’re inclined to believe the information as true. The new Caprice nameplate has a ton of cachet among a few demographics, as boomers remember the car from their youth, and young people associate the car with hip-hop music, lowriders and “donks”. The prospect of a Corvette derived small-block V8 is also enticing.

General Motors also revealed their first pictures of the “Detective Package” Caprice, which should give some major clues as to how the civilian version will look if it comes to market. A Caprice sold to the public will likely have an upgraded interior compared to the G8 and the workhorse versions, and don’t be surprised to see a V6 version as well.

[Source: Carenvy.ca]

  • Bill

    Looks like a great way to take a good looking G8 and make it Chevrolet boring! Especially when you compare it to the HSV E2 series where you can really see the cars upscale potential.

  • bob

    new impala SS will follow…

  • Lee henderson

    I like it. I want it. In a few years when I start having kids it is looking like I will be getting one because ford is not making a REAL car to take the place of my 2010 Mustang GT. 6.2 426hp please XD

  • matt

    2011 Chevy Caprice: 2010 impala on steroids. not impressed.i expect more from you GM! when i heard the caprice was making a comeback i was excited… way to let me down. Chevy needs to get its ass in gear if they want to beat out the design of the taurus based police interceptor. it is a way more intimidating looking police car.

  • dave

    Look @ the Holden Caprice, if u really want to see this vehicle.

  • Hank

    Another ugly spaceship-looking trendmobile. The Caprice design of the 90′s was awsome, and the 9C1 Police package on a 90′s Caprice would blow this peice of shit away.

    I suppose the new 2011 Crown Vic will also look like this, a cramped, cheap death trap with low ground clearance and an ugly body design.

  • Abraham

    Actually the next Impala SS (the bad ass 2014), will be the Tesla S (sedan). The body at least minus the front fasica and wheels of course

  • Emily McKiernan

    I came home from the hospital in 1989, in a blue chevy caprice wagon! This is amazing the car is coming back! I want to buy one! But I have no money! Hopefully they will hold onto this car until I am finacialy able to buy a car!

  • ADAM

    I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A CHILD GROWING UP IN NYC IN THE 1980′S, MY FATHER WAS DRIVING THE 1977 CHEVROLET CAPRICE CLASSIC. AT FIRST HE USED IT TO DRIVE AS A TAXI DRIVER FOR A TAXI SERVICE COMAPNY THAT NO LONGER EXISTS. THE CAPRICE CLASSIC WAS CONSIDERED A WORKING CLASS DRIVER’S VERSION OF CADILLAC. HE HAD IT FOR ABOUT 8 YEARS. I LOVED THE CAR EVEN THOUGH IT DID NOT HAVE THE POWER WINDOWS, POWER LOCKS, AND POWER SEATS.
    I’M SO HAPPY THAT CHEVROLET IS REINTRODUCING THE CAPRICE IN 2011. IN THE MEANTIME, I WANT TO BUY THE OLDER CAPRICE MODELS LIKE THE 1996 MODEL (WHICH WAS THE FINAL YEAR GM PRODUCED THE CHEVROLET CAPRICE CLASSIC). LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CAPRICE BEING SOLD TO THE PUBLIC ONCE AGAIN!!! GM WILL BE 1 IN THE U.S. AND THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN. KEEP ON INNOVATING, GM. :)

  • matthew

    caprice is a american icon i own one an it is a beast

  • Joe

    This picture is horrible but I really like the way the new caprice looks sitting on some 20″ or higher and dropped will look clean the g8 is one of the best looking cars GM has came out with and this one will be too the 90 caprice are horrible looking no body style a bland lookin car I own a 1976 glass house which is one of the nicer looking caprices and I love it and I would love to own one of these new caprices

  • Robert Jude

    I have a 96 Chevy Impala SS with 425,000 miles on it, Yea I put two transmissions in it, engine leaks but doesn’t burn oil, rear is original. Replaced the fuel pump twice, radiator twice, AC compressor once, Tires suck, it rips tires up every 40,000 miles, Wore out the cheap leather seats. Rides the Highway like no other. Reliable as a Swiss watch, Built like a tank. A-frame makes it a very safe car. I drive it 80 miles to work daily. I’ll buy one of these 2011’s and retire my SS if they make it available.

  • roy

    well it’s about time,why don’t they make an SS!

  • Jason

    Absolute Junk!!! Pontiac always looked better than Chevys for the most part.
    Trans Am WS6 vs Z28 SS??
    Formula Firebird vs IROC??
    Why did they kill Pontiac again??
    Oh yeah right, cuz Chevy outsells Pontiac with slightly cheaper price due to boring mainstream cookie cutter design.
    Remember Ford Taurus in the 90s?? Ugly!!
    Fords used to be the most boring, ugly cars and now It seems Chevy hired their boring design team from the 90s!!!

  • Gabriel

    Why did GM even discontinue the Caprices and the other B-bodys after 1996 anyways?? The B-bodies were hella popular it makes no sense!!!

  • james

    So you guys are getting,Holdens best moove you ever made

  • John

    Drive train is great but just like the recent Pontiac GTO it is lacking in body design. Aggressive retro styling is desperately needed here.

  • David Hall

    I sell Police cars for a living. I loved and miss the LT1 Caprices from 96 back. I have driven the 2011 Caprice Cop Car and have finally received the first one in my inventory. As a hot rodder from the 60s I’ll say this….The new Caprice is one awesome car. It is fast, highly manuverable, stops on a dime, etc. The styling on the cop car may be bland. Trim packages, wheeels, some zoot factor will cover bland nicely. Those of us in the cop car business have been waiting for this car for 15 years. My guess is we enthusiasts will not wait 15 years for Caprice LTs, LTZs, SSs. Thanks

  • WhatChevy?

    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2010/08/chargerpolicehighresopt.jpg
    now thats a cop car. 370hp Hemi or maybe a 480hp SRT8?

  • jackson

    hey i have new life aFTER FORD DROPPED ITS LARGE REAR WHELL DRIVE I WAS CONSIDERING A FOREIGN MAKE BUT I CAN MAKE MY MERC MARQUI LAST UNTIL THESE ARE IN THE SHOWROOM

  • Floyd Osborn

    The boys at Ford had better pull their heads out of their butts and join the real world. The folks driving the Crown Vics and Merc Grand Marques are not going to downgrade to a tin can with a maytag motor.They will go for the Caprice.

  • brandon lofton

    i would love to see the caprice back i have had several and regret selling mine. if i could find a clean 96 model i would buy it in a heart beat no questions asked. i think if they did bring them back it would need to be with the image and style of the 96/ model large sedan look and feel to even get the same love and respect that caprice has had in the past. time will tell

  • henry bias

    my prayers have been answered, i have wanted a caprice since i was 12 and i finally own 1. its a 1991 round body, and i will definitly buy the new one as soon as gm comes to their senses and realize that their customer base is the urban community. put them in the show room tommorrow and they will not be there long enough for the dealer to do inventory!!!! bank on it

  • erin

    this car is stoopid ugly would’nt catch me ridin’ in that

  • Allen

    young people associate the car with hip-hop music, lowriders and “donks”? Unimaginably ignorant comment.

  • Bring It

    Where I work has 4 of the new Caprices. They are a very fine, comfortable, attractive car. The trunk is huge. The engine massive and uber powerful. The only this Chevy can do to screw this up is NOT sell it to the public. Bring on a V6 for standard and the Caprice SS with the 6L. I am not even a Chevy fan but I would say I’d buy one. If you have not see one I suggest you hold your opinion. It may just get changed like mine was.

  • jake

    I have 1000 miles on mine and so far the tire pressure monitor is already bad. the dash lid fell off. the trunk release doesn’t work and even under the easiest driving conditions the car can’t manage more than 18 mpg. The only good thing I can say about this car is that when people start wrecking them it will put some good buildable engines on the market. Hope the civi version is better than the crap they are selling to us police. I was so excited about my new ls based patrol unit as I own a ls powered vette.

  • jake

    Oh and it looks like somebody stuck a straw in the tailpipe of an Impala and blew it up.

  • Rob

    I have a 2006 Impala LS. These pictures of the 2011 Caprice look very similar. Because of this my question is, wil the new Caprice be actually the same as the Impala? ( Which shares the A 4 transmission with Buick!)

  • joser

    im 21 i had a 88 chevy caprice i had a 96 chevy caprice an now i have a 69 chevy caprice i thought i would be more impressed with the NEW 2011 caprice but nothing is a good as the previous caprices..they should have stopped at the 96 model…not impressed at all!!!

  • Dick Hulse

    I hace owned many new Buicks, Cadilacs & Chev Caprice. I currently have a 1994 Caprice Classic Wagon and will keep it until they come out with a new wagon. It’s the best riding car I have ever owned, it’s comfortable, get’s reasonable mileage and have had no problems with it.

  • Danb

    Being a police officer I get to drive the new caprice daily. It is awesome. I have a ton to tell GM, truthfully both good and bad but by far more good. All my coworkers agree we would buy a civilian model if one is made. The suspension and transmission is incredible. First, the tranny in sport mode really holds the proper rpm in corners and keeps tourqe strong for quick take off. Suspension is firm, sports car firm, maybe to firm for some but so damn fun in the curves, best handling sedan ever. One more thing, incredible traction/stibility control system. Here is what we need on the civ model: all wheel drive option, supercharger option, heads up display, paddle shifters, throatier exhaust note, and more aggressive rear styling. That would be an incredible 4 door sports car/family sedan/commuter and track car. Ford Dodge and Subaru would crap their pants.

  • USCG

    in kuwait the caprice is out and looks good.

  • Shawn Fuller

    GM has had some great cars over the years, but is seems like they
    Drop the ball in areas that would make a potential success fail.
    If they Have gone through the effort of designing the new Caprice, why not
    Make it available to the public?

  • Matthew E

    Due to massive public outcry in the US for the Caprice to be sold to the public, GM is in serious talk’s about producing various civilian models, So you may all be in luck.. Even better, If the interest is high enough, May end up seeing them produced both in Australia and in the US.

  • guest

    i would buy one hands down if it were to be on sale for civilians. COME ON GM!

  • Prouddad2007

    i currently own a 2011 caprice detective package as a civilian. all i can say is Im in love with it. i have the 6.0 engine and it hauls butt. fastest i have been in it is 130 and it felt like i was only doing 70. still waiting to get to top speed.

  • joel

    interested in a 77 caprice classic?

  • Nick fortyniner

    got mines earlier this year

  • Nick fortyniner

    caprice ss has been in saudi arabia for over a decade