Cadillac is dusting off its beloved Sixteen concept that it showed ten years ago, and transporting it from the GM Heritage Center to the Amelia Island for the Concours d’Elegance taking place March 8-10.
The Sixteen’s engine, a running 13.6-liter V16 (!) puts itself in a Bugatti Veyron-rivaling class of power, pushing 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque. To conserve fuel, however, all 16 cylinders would only fire under wide open throttle. Otherwise, *only* twelve of the Sixteen’s sixteen cylinders would be activated, thereby previewing the Active Fuel Management technology currently found in several of GM’s engines such as the new LT1 small-block V8.
The GM Authority Take
Such a machine. Sadly, also one that will remain in concept form. Because while we expect Cadillac to launch a full-sized flaghship, there’s a snowball’s chance in hell it will be packing a V16 under the hood.
Also, there’s no word yet on this, but it would be quite a sight to see the Sixteen next to the elegant Ciel concept, and perhaps event the mighty Cien supercar concept.