Artist Oscar Vargas, who likes to imagine upcoming production cars based on classic vehicles, has diverted slightly from his normal practice by rendering an image of a Cadillac sports car based on the Chevrolet Corvette C8 and displaying it on an Instagram post.
Vargas has stayed close to the general design of the mid-engine Corvette, but has added several Cadillac-style features. The sharp, V-shaped headlights, for example, resemble those of the CT6 sedan, while the lower side intakes have polished edges interrupted by Cadillac’s V-Series badge.
The imaginary Cadillac sports car differs most obviously from the Corvette at the front end, where the shape continues to extend forward below the edge of the hood, culminating in a very prominent front splitter. Chevrolet‘s designers made the hood edge the furthest forward part of the car, and drew back everything that appears below it.
Vargas has rendered his Cadillac sports car in five different exterior colors, but all of them feature the same polished seven-spoke wheels.
Even before the C8 Corvette went on sale in 2020, there was speculation that a Cadillac sports car based on it might enter production, perhaps using the XLR nameplate. In fact, back in 2015, when a mid-engine GM model was known to be in the planning stages, but there was no confirmation that it would be the next Corvette, GM Authority reported on a serious suggestion that it might actually be a Cadillac.
By 2017, we were certain that it would not be, and time has shown that we were correct. No mid-engine Cadillac sports car has been officially announced or even hinted at.
GM’s luxury brand has in fact built a mid-engine car. The 2002 Cadillac Cien concept had a 7.5-liter V12 engine, rated at 750 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, mounted ahead of the rear wheels. The torque figure is sometimes quoted as being 650 pound-feet, but Cadillac itself said 450. However, no such car has ever entered production, and all Cadillacs since then have had their engines mounted resolutely ahead of the driver. The Oscar Vargas rendering is as close as anyone has got to creating a post-Cien mid-engine Cadillac sports car.
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