Cadillac Sixteen 3D Video from the General Motors Heritage Center

Start the video, then click on the 3D button in the menu bar to select 3D or 2D format. You can also select resolution up to 720p HD

It never went into production but it seems to me that the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept was an important factor in Cadillac’s revival. With a V16 engine and 1000HP, the Sixteen would get attention at any auto show, but the Sixteen’s elegant expression of the “art & science” design theme first introduced with the Evoq concept in 1999 boldly established that styling language in the public’s mind. In the years since, the Sixteen has continued to be mentioned whenever the topic of a flagship Cadillac comes up. When I visited the Heritage Center I started out shooting video of the Motorama cars and when I noticed the Sixteen over by the Cadillacs, I had a “but of course” moment (one of many that day). In this 3D video, you can really see how sharp the front fender creases are and how light plays off the extended flanks of the car.

The Sixteen is a functional automobile, not a static pushmobile. Top Gear’s James May got a chance to drive the Sixteen at Goodwood while it was on the European car show circuit and termed it “fabulous”. GM’s Powertrain High Performance Vehicle Group developed the V16 from the LSx V8 architecture, and used the latest computer design and manufacturing technology available circa 2002 to make a single engine. All the components of the XV16 are the first prototypes. Special Projects Inc. of Plymouth, Michigan fabricated and assembled the chassis, exterior and interior of the Sixteen. GM reportedly spent $2 million developing and building the Sixteen, but actually since it costs about a million dollars to build a more run of the mill concept car, that’s not too extravagant. Here’s a 2D time-lapse video of the Sixteen’s assembly. You can see the full size model that they used for reference in the foreground under a cover.

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