With word braking out that the 2012 BMW 550d may see a triple turbocharged diesel mill good for 318 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, enthusiasts could see one of the best combinations of power, performance and fuel economy to date. And being that this is a GM enthusiast site (the best GM enthusiast site,) it calls to question if Cadillac will enter the fray in the same territory. As it turns out, that could very well be the case.
“We absolutely mean it when we say we aim to compete with the best of the best without compromises. And if that means making the right powertrain choices, then those are the choices we will have to make,” stated Cadillac marketing VP Don Butler to Automotive News regarding the possibilities of an oil burner offering in the fleet of the Wreath and Crest.
As of this moment, we can’t think of any diesel engines in GM’s arsenal aside from its 2.0-liter application in the Chevrolet Cruze outside of the U.S. which produces 266 pound-feet of torque and 161 horsepower. It would be a plausible application for the upcoming Cadillac ATS, but The General would need to aim higher if it plans to adorn larger Caddys with oil burners, if you ask us.
Source: Automotive News