Holden Caprice V

2016 Holden Caprice V to get a major facelift and a bigger V8

July 27, 2015

The Holden Caprice V is set to receive its final series of updates in mid-September to give it the legs to complete its tenure in 2017.

CarAdvice reports that the Holden Caprice is set to discontinue the LPG V6 engine previously offered, as a cost cutting measure. The new Caprice will now feature a single V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The L98 6.0 litre V8 engine that produces 260 kW (348.66 hp) and 517 Nm of torque offered in the current car will be replaced with the modern L99 6.2 litre V8 that will produce 304 kW (407.67 hp) at 5,900 rpm, this is the same engine that is also used to power the Chevrolet SS in the U.S. The L99 engine will also be used in the new 2016 VF Holden Commodore SS Series II which is expected to launch around the same time as the 2016 Caprice.

The new L99 engine also offers the E85 flex fuel compatibility and active fuel management which shuts off up to four cylinders under low engine loads to aid fuel economy. The L99 also features a camshaft phasing technology, whereby the angle of the camshaft can be rotated forward or backward. Thanks to these measures, its fuel economy of 11.7 Litres per 100 kilometres, will see an improvement.

The styling on the Caprice has remained largely unchanged since its launch back in 2006 with it getting a new interior and a mild upgrade on its exterior in 2013. For 2016, the changes would be more significant, states CarAdvice, and could involve new grille, lights and bumpers.

[Source – CarAdvice]

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