When it comes to high-performance vehicles, Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors, has a long list of iconic nameplates to turn to. And now that Caddy has its own go-fast models, such as the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing sedans, the potential for sharing among GM’s various brands is undeniable. For example – what would happen if Caddy built a sports car using Chevy Corvette bones?
Incidentally, that’s what Cadillac did roughly two decades ago with the XLR. Introduced at the 2003 North American International Show (aka Detroit Auto Show) as a two-door roadster and flagship model of the luxury marque, the Cadillac XLR is based on the same Y-platform as the sixth-generation Corvette, and was even produced alongside the Vette. at the Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.
Luxurious, sporty and stylish, the Cadillac XLR did not live long, with a production run of only six years from 2003 to 2009, falling victim to the global financial crisis and GM’s subsequent bankruptcy.
That said, the Corvette-based Cadillac idea still exists, and a digital artist has taken the idea back to the ’70s with this Vette-based DeVille Roadster concept.
“Petrol is still cheap, and Cadillacs are still Cadillacs,” wrote rendering artist Abimelec Arrelano. “This [rendering] obviously based on C3 [Corvette]in fact it shares the doors, the windshield, and the interior.
Even so, there’s still a little bit unique about this Corvette-based Cadillac roadster. The front end is extended in a similar manner to the Eldorado, while the fenders feature classic Corvette fins and pleats. The back is also reshaped.
“In 1970 Cadillac had a 500, 8.2L / 500 cubic inch V8 producing 400 horsepower and, ready, 550 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm,” wrote the artist. “I think that’s enough to move this Corvette sister.”
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