As it's December and April Fools' Day is still months away, we aren't entirely sure what to make of the website for the latest piece of automotive vaporware. From a company called Godsil Motorsports, it promises a sixteen-cylinder, natural-gas-powered luxury car called Manhattan V16.

The concept sounds fine and dandy, but a number of details have us scratching our collective head. The company's founder, Jason Godsil, seems to run a legitimate parts business called Exotica Motorsport out of Washington, but there's perilously little actual information about the car.

We have a hard time believing that Godsil is qualified to build a sixteen-cylinder engine at all, largely because there hasn't been a successful V16 in the better part of a century. Heck, it took the full might of the Volkswagen Group to bring the Bugatti Veyron and its W16 to fruition. Meanwhile, the sole image of the proposed car is a wispy drawing (which we've posted above) that makes the average industry teaser seem like a detail-laden buffet of information.

With the mercurial nature of boutique supercar makers in general, the roughness of Godsil's website, and the lack of detail, you can put us down as "highly skeptical." But don't take our word for it; hop over to the Godsil Motorsports page and then come back and let us know what you think.


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      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe they are in Portland, Oregon, not in Washington State. SCC North America is in Washington State. Both specialize in high end cars marketed towards kings in the middle east and Jay Leno.
      Smoking_dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      in the past V16 were not uncommon, so why could they not make it. it is no sorcery. vw hat difficulties because of the w16 design and the extreme power output that churned gearboxes to pieces and because it is a bugatti with weedub perfection.
        artandcolour2010
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        V16s have been built, but they've always been uncommon. The only historic ones I can think of were both built by GM's Cadillac. They built an OHV V16 from '30-'37 and a flathead V16 from '38-40. I believe they built less than 4,000 total in 10 years, some years selling as few as 30 or so.
      fish4free
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog! Please we are all information overloaded in 21st century, and please, for the love of G-d, at least take the time and critically discern that this project is NOT only vaporware but also cobbled together by barely pubescent 20 something lacking any track record other than, " a lot of experience dealing with language, shipping and cultural issues."
      Philip Kozakieiwcz
      • 1 Year Ago
      "We have a hard time believing that Godsil is qualified to build a sixteen-cylinder engine at all, largely because there hasn't been a successful V16 in the better part of a century." well, somebody must not know about the Cadillac Sixteen from 2003, which had a true V16 engine engineered and built from scratch. mind you, the V(W)eyron does not have an actual W16, it is basically just a paired 4 liter VW W8 (like for example found in the very limited VW Passat W8 / series B5 type 3B), which in turn is not a true W architecture engine, but rather a twin bank VR. should anything come of this story, it sure would be mindblowing, and i'd sure greet and love to see it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz
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      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      From the very little we can see, the long hood, short cabin and sharply rising window line behind the door, it could be my Lincoln V12 GT from last year: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-su6GmQKTTxc/UD0FUVtgWxI/AAAAAAAAHDQ/w_N7Xt52PpA/s1600/LincolnMKGT_2014.jpg
      Big Rocket
      • 1 Year Ago
      Forget the Godsil Manhattan. Mine is better, sneak peak below. Now taking prepurchase deposit. ____________________________ / | \ ____________/________________|______________\ / ______ | / ______ \ / / \ | / / \ \ \____| * |_|______________/_____| * |____/ \_______/ \_______/
      avatar-ds
      • 1 Year Ago
      An engine to run specifically on CNG? It's like saying we are going to sell hot dogs that can only be served with mustard, but never with ketchup. Standard Otto engines run happily on CNG just as well as petrol with just trivial add-on equipment and no modification to the engine itself. Only problem CNG for cars is hard to come by even in top producing countries.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      thejaredhuang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another vote for vaporware
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