2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Imagine a Cadillac and you're about as likely to conjure up images of big, rear-drive landyachts of yesteryear as you are to picture the automaker's considerably tauter products of today. But Cadillac has long been rumored to be pondering a return to its classic formula with a new flagship sedan, and those rumors are rounding the mill once again.

This time, word has it that Cadillac is developing a new rear-drive luxury sedan to slot in above the upcoming front-drive XTS in pursuit of territory currently dominated by the likes of the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and Lexus LS. If and when it does materialize, sources place its launch around 2014. Power would more likely come in the form of a V8 than the 13.6-liter V-16 engine of the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept pictured above (though that would no doubt be incredibly awesome), but a hybrid variant could follow.

The new model would be built on a new platform reportedly dubbed 'Omega', but while the architecture would be developed uniquely for the big sedan, a further extension is being muted as a possibility to take on the likes of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Bentley Mulsanne and the Maybach. Far-fetched? Probably. But intriguing nonetheless.

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[Source: Car and Driver]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Sixteen is just as beautiful as it was 8 years ago. Same goes for the Cien which is my all time favorite supercar design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that Cadillac really should have something like this. It has to be good though, a real S-class competitor, not a lengthened STS. If Cadillac offers a V8 in it, it'll be a small block Chevy, since GM killed all their other V8s including the Northstar. It's not "being muted", it's "being mooted".
      Ian Lee
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having a large segment sedan is critical for Cadillac to succeed globally and maintain/grow its position in China. While Buick and Cadillac hold firm ground there now, Chinese consumers are highly status oriented and size/prestige really matter. In order to be considered among the world's foremost luxury brands they need vehicles at the high end that embody ultimate status. I think this is a must for Cadillac in markets like China and Russia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      im really anxious to see if Cadillac can pull off that second car.. its about time they returned to form!
      • 4 Years Ago
      With gas approching $5.00 a gallon why not? The dream is getting farther distant for us middle and lower class working people. The rich can afford it even more now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Indeed...what a joke the auto industry is.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 4 Years Ago
        That means very little to someone who can afford a new Cadillac. It's also worth noting that gas has been skyrocketing for the better part of a decade and that has not had the drastic affect on the market that some might expect. With that said, what's another 50 cents?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to say it, but I hope this "far-fetched" rumor is true. If GM is really serious about a true RWD flagship sedan & is considering something that would effectively compete with RR, Bentley, and Maybach, that's the initial thinking they have to use. Create something that could compete with the ultra-luxury vehicles, then scale back the design to meet or exceed competition with the 7-series, LS, S-classe, etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM needs more rear wheel drive sedans period.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they can really step up quality (more than) quite a few notches, then the V16 could compete on the Rolls and Bentley level. A tuned LS engine would suffice for power in the A8/7-series/S-Class/LS/Equus level (and would make it cheaper, the extra money would go to the extra posh desired in this class). Right now, Cadillac is on a different level than Lincoln (with the CTS mostly, the MKZ hybrid is amazing with 41(!) mpg). Step up your game, Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rednecks are gonna be happy
      John S
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only if they call it Fleetwood Brougham.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John S
        Agreed. I just hope certain people don't call it a Bro-Ham.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John S
        I miss my Brougham, it was a great car. It would also be nice if they could bring back the 75 series, with the jump seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not a law yet, it's still being proposed and lobbied, so the above posters are correct on that point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh boy. Where did you hear that nonsense?? No mass-market car company is exempt and when M-B gets dinged with gas guzzler fines, it gets passed down to consumers. So what you said isn't a "Big Problem" its a nonexistent one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're not exempt...they just take the hit in the form of fines that they laugh off year after year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't know where you got that idea - CAFE applies to all manufacturers who sell cars in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BMW has been one of the historically biggest CAFE-fine payers in recent history. They just bake that cost into the price of the cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So they build the XTS (on a FWD platform) and then say they want a large RWD Caddy. Numb Nutz in charge at GM. Save the FWD Caddy for Buick, and take the LWB Holden/Caprice Classic (120" WB) and make a large RWD Caddy!! You say you want one thing, build another, and then water your brand with your short term sales focus and poor long term product planning. Shoot, even Hyundai has beat you to the punch!
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