What a week it has been. With both the 2011 New York International Auto Show and Auto Shanghai just a few weeks away, General Motors has been gradually trickling out its plans of what it has in store for the awaiting masses over the past few days, with today being no different. But instead of another concept car, or a teaser photo of what’s to come, General Motors has instead decided to display a pre-production version of its first modern twelve-cylinder engine during both shows.
Essentially, the V12 engine — coded A111 — is a pair of 3.0L LF1 V6 engines conjoined at the crankshaft, according to those involved. This construction is similar to the type of engine in the Bugatti Veyron, albeit with six instead of eight-cylinder engines. Sources would not disclose if the engine will feature any forced induction, but did say that it will produce something “north of 650 horsepower.”
Could this be the engine that will power the oft-rumored Cadillac flagship vehicle currently in the works? With V12 offerings seen in such cars as the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, it’s definitely something that we can see.
Hey, if we told you 3 years ago that Cadillac would offer a 556-horsepower station wagon, you would have scoffed.
Update: April Fool’s!