The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the only car of its kind available today, and Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu says there may never be another one like it again.
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The Cadillac Escalade-V has a V-8, but it could’ve had two.
Escalade-V Product Manager David Schiavone has revealed an interesting tidbit from the development of the high-performance SUV.
The Escalade-V is powered by a 682 horsepower supercharged V-8 that is the most powerful the brand has ever offered, but Schiavonne said they almost put something very different under the hood.
The 682 hp Cadillac Escalade-V is the brand’s most powerful model. (Cadillac)
“At one point we even talked about a 16-cylinder Escalade,” Schiavone told GM Authority.
The Escalade-V has a starting price of $149,990. (Cadillac)
Cadillac has not built a vehicle with that kind of engine since the aptly named Cadillac V-16 that was made from 1930 to 1940, and few cars have ever been built with such a powerplant.
This 1933 Cadillac V-16 was owned by Al Jolson. (ehughes/iStock)
The only 16-cylinder engine on sale today is used in the $3 million Bugatti Chiron, but its cylinders are technically arranged in a more compact “W” formation.
The Cadillac Sixteen concept debuted at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Cadillac has toyed with the idea of bringing back a V-16 before and even unveiled a concept car called the “Sixteen” in 2003, but with the automaker on its way to going all-electric by 2030, it is never going to happen.
If it ever did, it would surely cost much more than the Escalade-V, which is already the most expensive Cadillac ever offered and has a starting price of $149,990.
Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor covering the car industry and racing @foxnewsautos