There are some mighty big changes afoot at Cadillac. The luxury brand is ramping up its all-electric vehicle lineup with a slew of new models, starting with the Cadillac Lyriq crossover, while the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq halo sedan promises a bonanza of cutting-edge tech features. Critically, however, we think there’s still one glaring hole in Cadillac’s lineup – a mid-engine Cadillac sports car based on the Corvette C8.
From the off, we should mention that the concept of a mid-engine Cadillac sports car based on the Corvette C8 is not exactly new – far from it, in fact. The idea has been floated by various vehicle artists, and GM Authority has explored the idea on numerous occasions. As it just so happens, GM Authority was rendering mid-engine Cadillac sports car concepts even before the release of the Corvette C8.
Most recently, however, we rendered up a mid-engine Cadillac concept with C8 underpinnings and shared the concept with an opinion post that declared GM needs to share the C8 Corvette’s Y2 architecture with Cadillac. Now, we’re back at it to explore that concept further.
For starters, the front fascia is similar to that of the new Lyriq EV. The fascia incorporates what is technically an “EV grille,” so we made the intakes larger around the edges for improved brake cooling. These also play double duty as the front aero curtain, while we added a new center intake below the grille for better overall aero management.
The side profile is highly aggressive, and presents “hidden” door handles. The side air intakes around the door line are treated differently between the front and rear angles of the rendering in order to provide a better idea of what’s possible.
Then we have the rear end, which incorporates the latest Cadillac design language, including vertical and horizontal lighting elements. Note the aggressive diffuser and center-mounted dual exhaust treatment.
Finally, monochromatic Cadillac logos are used throughout, another modern touch for the mid-engine Cadillac sports car.
Granted, the new Cadillac Blackwing sedans are impressive in and of themselves with regard to performance capabilities. However, a full-blown mid-engine Cadillac sports car is simply a necessity in order to boost the brand’s image, and, like we’ve said before, the Corvette platform is simply too good to waste.