Cadillac Sixteen and its champion, Bob Lutz, together again
November 7, 2012
by Roger Hart
Looking back on Bob Lutz' decade-long career as vice chairman of General Motors, there are a couple vehicles to which he will forever be linked.
The Pontiac Solstice, which made it from napkin sketch to concept car to production, and the Cadillac Sixteen concept, which made a big splash at the 2003 Detroit show but was never produced. Autoweek editors named the Sixteen Best In Show for 2003. Certainly, elements of the dream car made it into later production Cadillacs, but a production version of the ultra-luxury, high-horsepower Sixteen died in the bean counter's cubicle.
But the concept car lives on, and 10 years later, it's still a working concept. The 13.6-liter aluminum V16 under that long, center spine hood really works, pumping out 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque.
Lutz and the Sixteen were reunited for a day at the recent Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance. Lutz was honorary chairman of the event, and the Sixteen's entrance to the show field was a surprise to Lutz.
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