What if Cadillac Built a Halo Supercar Based on the 2020 Corvette C8?07/24/2019
A halo supercar for the Cadillac brand has been rumored on and off for years now. As far as we know, no such car exists in Caddy’s current product plans. But now that the long-awaited C8 2020 Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed, we couldn’t help but wonder what a Cadillac based on those same mid-engine bones might look like. These renderings should give you a pretty good idea.
As you can see, Cadillac’s mid-engine sports car goes in a very different styling direction from the Corvette. Our fantasy Cadillac halo sports car draws inspiration from Caddy’s upcoming electric SUV as well as the 2002 Cadillac Cien concept, the brand’s first vision of a mid-engine supercar. The C8’s mixed-material chassis, which combines aluminum and carbon fiber around a rigid center tunnel, would allow for some amount of design differentiation if Chevy wanted to share it with other brands and help amortize the cost of the mid-engine car’s development.
Cadillac could stuff its twin-turbo 4.2-liter Blackwing V-8 into its supercar, but since the engineering has already been done to fit the LT2, we think sharing powertrains is the more likely option. The 2020 Corvette’s naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 makes 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, and comes mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle developed with Tremec. And while you’d think mounting an electric motor on the front axle would help further Cadillac’s electrification goals, brand chief Steve Carlisle has said future Cadillac models will either be all-electric or all-combustion—nothing in between. GM is positioning Cadillac as its lead electric brand, so having a gas-burning supercar for a flagship might not be the best look. But who knows? A mid-engine sports car could be just what the troubled luxury marque needs.
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