The early returns are in, and four General Motors concepts on the auto-show circuit stand out as production hopefuls, according to Mark Hogan, group vice president.
"We thought reaction to the Cadillac Sixteen would be strong, but we didn't expect it to be so overwhelming. Now we have to figure out a way to build it," Hogan said in an interview at the Chicago Auto Show.
The Sixteen is noteworthy for a variety of reasons, one being the dramatic styling - the best work of chief designer Wayne Cherry - but that's far from the only reason, he made clear.
The Sixteen is a full-size luxury sedan powered by a 1,000hp v16 engine that boasts 0-60mph acceleration in about 4 seconds. But the most important feature is the reason Sixteen was built: to showcase displacement on demand, which automatically shuts off cylinders not needed when cruising down the interstate so the 1,000hp sedan becomes a 4 cylinder, 20mph economy car.
"It's possible to do a production version of the v16, but maybe we wouldn't do it with 1,000hp," Hogan noted. Insiders say a slightly smaller version powered by a v12 would be appropriate, with a handful of v16 offerings in the $250,000 to $300,000 range an intriguing possibility...
OK, I'll settle for the V-12 but I'd really like the V-16! It's nice to hear that they're at least paying lip service to public interest...Wouldn't it be nice to see this thing go into production?
There's no such thing as too much......Oh! Never mind! LOL!
I would think that after the first time they have probably worked the bugs out of it.....The other thing I'll add to this is that the technology has improved greatly since the last go round with the idea. I felt at the time that they were premature in trying that and I was proven right!
I think their technology should used elsewhere than in trying to improve the fuel economy on a car like the 16. If you have 300K to spend on a car like the 16, fuel economy is probably of no concern. Also for that amount of money there had better not be any bugs in it.
A $300000 economy car?!?!?
Build it with a V16 or don't build it at all. People aren't excited because you might build a big car with a V12 that looks kind of like this show car. People are excited because it has a huge sixteen-cylinder engine.
A big Cadillac with the XV12? That's your next loaded DeVille/Fleetwood. Don't confuse that with the Sixteen.