For the record, we haven’t heard of Cadillac making a new sports car based on the Chevrolet Corvette. There were no clues, no suggestions, nor were there any rumors circulating. But you know what? We’re glad someone at the General Motors Design studio at least thought about it.
The vibrant red caddy you see here is from GM Design on Instagram, and if you immediately saw the Corvette hue in its form, you’re not the only one. The thought immediately popped into our minds, and judging by some of the comments on the social post, others picked up on the same vibe. From the design of the front fascia with its angles and vents to the wide rear fender, it looks ready to fight with the Audi R8 for supremacy in the luxury mid-engine scene.
Or is it? The longer we look at this direct view, the more we consider perspective. The widebody design certainly makes the hood look short, as seen on mid-engine cars. But depending on your perspective, the hood could be longer, representing a front-engined vehicle with a slightly shorter deck. The presence of hood ventilation also supports the theory that the Caddy coupe is front-engined. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. The car looks absolutely ruthless, be it front-engined, mid-engined, or completely engineless for the sake of an electric motor. It would be cool if Cadillac built it.
Cadillac performance fans know that building a luxury coupe with Corvette DNA is not unheard of. The XLR debuted for the 2004 model year, utilizing the bones of a Corvette C6 mated to a Cadillac Northstar V8 engine. It offers automatic or manual transmission, and in the supercharged XLR-V specification, produces 443 horsepower (330 kilowatts). However, production did not last long. The last XLR was launched in 2009, with more than 15,400 under construction.
There’s no reason to believe a new Corvette-based Cadillac is coming, but the luxury division does have a sleek mid-engine in the works. It’s a one seater, and you definitely won’t be able to drive it on the road because it’s a full-fledged race car. Cadillac is working on a new GTP race car that will enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year. Little is known about this car, other than packing a hybrid powertrain. The teaser announcement from February offers a glimpse of the front, where we see the angular vents not entirely different from the vents in this sketch.