Because 12 cylinder engines are for the plebs.
This of course, is the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen Concept. The most impressive car that Cadillac never built. The early 2000's brought about a sort of Renaissance to Cadillac with their “Arts and Science” design language, giving birth to the CTS and the non-badge engineered Escalade.
Full of the latest technology and amenities, the Cadillac Sixteen could have put Cadillac back on top of the luxury car world. The car’s name, of course, was in reference to it’s V16 engine, paying tribute to the legendary Cadillac’s of the 1930's. Using the GM LS v8's blueprints, Cadillac built a V16 from scratch. This was no “weld two V8's together and see what happens” project. The result was an astonishing 1000hp and 1000lb-ft of torque.
Furthermore, the engine featured cylinder deactivation technology to help return a pretty decent fuel economy of about 16 mpg. It could power the car on 4 or 8 cylinders depending on the driver’s needs. Not too shabby for a 1000 horsepower, 5000lb car.
The Cadillac crest on the front was encrusted with crystal. The clock on the dash rivaled some of the top wrist watches in the world. Bob Lutz was involved. This Cadillac was basically the car God would drive. But, when the bean-counters make the decisions, we get things like the XTS instead. Thanks guys.
This is the 1:18 version of the car manufactured by Ricko (queue a Jobjoris comment). At well over a foot long, this model doesn’t even fit on my shelves that I built to display my collection. It’s also one of only a few “boxless discount” auctions I’ve been burned on. See how I cropped out the right headlight? That’s because the upper lens is missing from the car. The auction only had one photograph and the angle didn’t reveal this flaw. I won the auction for only $50 though, and the seller even gave me a partial refund after I called him out on it. Some may have returned the car, but I just had to have one of these in my collection.
The model features four opening doors, an opening butterfly hood, a detailed trunk, and a glass panel roof. Sure, I could have pulled out my Kyosho FD RX-7 again for Wildcard day, but this really was the only option since we came up with the idea for Engine Week and was the first car I took out to shoot photos.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed our second themed week this year. I’m going to tally up the stars from every post and the winners from each scale and category will be honored early next week. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement our next themed event too, taking place in May (or should I say ///May...).