Friday, January 7, 2011

Cadillac considering mid-engine sports car?

General Motors' Cadillac brand was said to be working on a new flagship, rear-wheel drive sedan to take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series, but a new report suggest GM could be taking the project in an entirely new direction.
While an S-Class rivaling sedan is still on the table, Cadillac is considering a few other options, including a Maybach-like highway cruiser, a four-door coupe not unlike the Mercedes CLS, a large coupe that would take on the Mercedes CL and, perhaps most interesting, a mid-engine sports car.
According to Car and Driver, GM execs are still high on the idea of a mid-engine sports car for Cadillac. The division first toyed with the idea with the Cien concept.
A production version of the CIen would give Cadillac an answer for the Mercedes SLS and Audi R8, but would require the development of a unique – and expensive – mid-engine platform. However, rumors of a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette have been floating around for years, which could help spread out some of the development costs.
But even with some platform sharing, the Cadillac model would still command a price of at least $150,000. No decision on the project has been made, but one is expected by mid year.

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