The Sixteen sedan unveiled back in 2003 is one of the most popular vehicle concepts of Cadillac. It will again take center stage at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance that will feature some of the best from the American car manufacturer.
In case you are not familiar with the Cadillac concept, Sixteen actually got its name from the V-16 under its hood. This unique powerplant has a displacement of 13.6 liters and has an output of 1,000 horses and a torque of 1,000 lb-ft. That sounds like a Bugatti Veyron rival, right?
The 16 cylinders of the engine will all just fire when the it is on full throttle. This concept car actually previewed the cylinder deactivation technologies of General Motors. During normal driving, the car only uses 12 of the cylinders.
During its time of unveiling, we heard that the Sixteen almost got a nod to go on production. Although it did not hit the pipeline, the vehicle influenced the brand’s product planning and the flavors of its offerings. And if you noticed, even the latest models of Cadillac shows a bit of a resemblance to the Sixteen.
The Sixteen was the ultimate design expression of the brand during its release and an attempt to reinstate the brand as a leader in terms of car technology and design.
The Sixteen will not be produced but something similar to it may become Cadillac’s flagship sedan. There are rumors that the big bosses have given the go for the development of a sedan that will rival the likes of the S-Class of Mercedes-Benz and the 7-Series of BMW.