Each new generation of Chevrolet Corvette leads to its share of rumors about the possibility of a variant in the Cadillac range. After all, the Corvette is the pinnacle of sportiness at GM, it’s almost natural that Cadillac, the pinnacle of luxury, gets its own version. We know all the disaster that the Cadillac XLR in the 2000s, but would the new Corvette C8 finally be the right recipe? It seems at least one designer at GM thinks so.
At all times, at least since 1953, when the very first debut of the Chevrolet Corvette, luxury car enthusiasts have dreamed of a version Cadillac of the Corvette. This idea is completely legitimate considering the fact that the Corvette usurps the prestige of performance from Cadillac.
Cadillac finally gave in in 2004 with the launch of the Corvette C5-based XLR. Unfortunately, while this incarnation of Art & Science design was absolutely spectacular, it was one of the worst Cadillacs ever due to its poor reliability. Indeed, the XLR offered a retractable hardtop that worked almost half the time, and the on-board electronics were equally hit or miss. Thus, a high performance version V, the XLR, remained a failure.
Here we are in 2022 and suddenly the Instagram page generalmotorsdesign presents us without fanfare or trumpet a sketch of the front part of a sports car which clearly adopts a motorization in the rear central position.
The red car incorporates the latest styling cues from Cadillac with its small all-LED headlight clusters as well as the vertical teardrops that have defined the design for several years. The front grille takes a new approach and is limited to a deep framing with no internal mesh. Finally, the hood and fenders are well sculpted, which suggests sporty and dynamic features to the rest of the body.
This isn’t the first time Cadillac has toyed with the idea of a mid-rear sports car. In 2002, the Ciel concept caused a sensation with its avant-garde design, its scissor doors, but above all its impressive engine. Cadillac had created from scratch a 7.5-liter V12 Northstar XV12 with an output of 750 horsepower.
The idea of having a Cadillac based on a Corvette still seems like a great idea. Leaving aside the XLR fiasco, a Cadillac built on the foundations of the Corvette would allow this division of GM to be creative and flirt with prestigious brands and their sports cars. Come on GM, don’t let the skeletons in your closet continue to haunt you, the C8 is too good not to be exploited more.