1992 Chevrolet Caprice

1992 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
The 1992 Chevrolet Caprice Classic featured
small improvements but sold poorly.

After its 1991 redesign that gave it more rounded styling, the Chevrolet Caprice entered 1992 with only minor changes, though it added a larger V-8 option for its station wagon model. Four-door sedans returned in base, Classic, and sporty LTZ trim, the last being introduced during the 1992 model year.

Though "sporty" and "Caprice" would seem to be mutually exclusive terms, the LTZ package's stiffer suspension, heavy-duty brakes, limited-slip axle, and 235/70VR15 Goodyear Eagle GA tires improved road manners to the point that the LTZ garnered a first-place finish in Motor Trend's annual Car of the Year competition.

Sadly missing from the LTZ's equipment list was the new 180-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 that was added as an option for 1992 -- but only for station wagons. Others had to make do with the 170-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 that had been around for years.

All Caprices received a new speedometer that read to 100 mph (formerly it stopped at 80), standard tilt wheel, transmission shift interlock (requiring that the brake pedal be applied before shifting into Drive), and a low- oil sensor.

Inexplicably, Caprice production took a nosedive in 1992, falling from about 217,000 to less than 117,000. Thus began a slide that would later spell doom for the big cruiser, one of the last of the old-time rear-drive body-on-frame behemoths of yore.

1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
The 1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon was
feeling its age, despite new styling.

1992 Chevrolet Caprice Facts

Model

Weight range (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

Caprice

3,907-4,354

$17,300-$19,300

116,779

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