At the center of Cadillac’s Concept Car Class display at the 18th annual Amelia Concours d'Elegance is its 2003 "Sixteen." About 10 years ago, the amazing opulence of Cadillac's "Sixteen" Concept Car raised excitement across the worldwide auto industry as it was presented at the North American International Auto Show. Cadillac's "Sixteen" Concept Car takes conceptual elements from the iconic Cadillac V-16s of the 1930s.
This concept car generates an output of 1000hp from its 13.6 liter V-16 engine. It weighs 5000 pounds and measures 19 feet long while at the same time, it makes an engineering and design statement.
The Sixteen is the product of a very advanced automotive engineering and design that makes use of a few of the features that only serve to mess up a few concept cars. During normal motoring, 12 of its 16 cylinders are shut down by the Active Fuel Management system on the "Displacement on Demand" V-16. But when driving becomes more spirited, eight cylinders are closed down. It’s only at full throttle that all 16 cylinders are fired up and offer 1000hp and 1000 lb/ft of torque. Because of the four-wheel steering, the Cadillac Sixteen concept car gets through actual driving situations.
The Sixteen is included in Cadillac's "Art and Science" design theme. It was very nearly approved for production. This model had been very influential on Cadillac’s product plans. The newest lineup of Cadillac models was designed using the spirit of the Sixteen's concept and execution.
Wayne Cherry, the retired Vice President of GM Design who led the Sixteen design project, said that the company wanted to create a “super luxury flagship.” Cherry added that the Sixteen needed to have presence as they wanted it to be the ultimate expression of Cadillac as well as to make Cadillac a global leader in design and technology once again. It also serves to be a reminder of Cadillac’s heritage.