The Chevrolet Caprice might be second to the Toyota FT-86 in the sheer volume of rumors surrounding when and where it will go on sale. The rear-drive, 6.0L V8 powered Caprice is currently sold only to fleet customers, but the “detective’s cars” sold as unmarked units look suspiciously like civilian-ready full size sedans.
Chevrolet announced that their Impala, set to be redesigned in 2014, would be replaced on the NASCAR circuit by an all-new model that would also be sold in showrooms. Chevrolet said they’ll unveil the new model later this year, with a 2013 debut in showrooms. The Impala is out, and it would be too early for Chevrolet to produce the Code concept, and the “Gen Y” positioning would be all wrong for NASCAR.
The Caprice makes a lot of sense; rear-drive, V8, great nameplate (even though the Caprice was never in the upper echelon of the muscle car hierarchy) and already approved for sale here in the USA. But the specter of rising gas prices, CAFE regulations and Murphy’s Law makes me wonder whether this is all too good to be true, and if a small-block V8 powered performance sedan is really what GM wants to launch in this kind of economic and political climate.