First Cadillac V16 in 62 years was a 90-degree 13.6 liter 830cid all aluminum pushrod engine with 16-8-4 cylinder deactivation. Body was aluminum; sigma based chassis was aluminum and steel.
Styling featured an impossibly rakish A-pillar that would never make it to production. Automatic had only four speeds. Instant karma: The first Cadillac V16 debuted just three months after the 1929 stock market crash.
It was a beautifully designed show toy and recalled Caddy’s powertrain past, but hardly relevant in 2003. As Cadillac has filled some gaps upward from the CTS, is it now time for Caddy to try to take on Bentley, Rolls Royce with a 16-cylinder flagship?