The Caprice will be available in both Royale trim and a sportier SS model (pictured)Enlarge Photo
While America still misses out on the long-wheelbase Statesman and Caprice
built on the Zeta platform by GM’s Holden subsidiary, the Middle East is the latest in a growing field of global markets to receive the Aussie built sedan. The upmarket Caprice will go on sale in the Middle East later this year in either Royale or sportier SS trim, and is available exclusively with a 6.0L V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
Compared with the outgoing model, the new Caprice has been upgraded with a higher 360hp (268kW) output and a number of improvements to its transmission for better launch performance and smoothness. Peak output stands at 360hp (268kW) at 5,700rpm and 391lb-ft (530Nm) of torque @ 4,400rpm.
Unique features of the SS include HID headlamps, a remote-controlled cooling feature, and 18in alloys. Standard features across both the SS and Royale include chrome interior accents, electronic stability control, Bluetooth connectivity, and 16in brake discs with aluminum calipers.
A 3.6L V6 engine, meanwhile, is available for the LS and LTZ Statesman models, and is rated at 240hp (179kW) at 6,000rpm and 243lb-ft (330Nm) of torque at 2,600rpm. These models are only available with a four speed automatic transmission.