DETROIT, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The AutoWeek March 26th issue reveals
General Motors Holden division is well on the way to creating a new V12-
powered Cadillac flagship.
In its cover story AutoWeek divulges that GM's Australian brand Holden
is developing the hardware for an opulent V12-engined supersedan that draws
its design inspiration from the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept car, a car
that would return the high-line GM division as The Standard of the World.
The story is written by Greg Kable, with reporting by Julian Rendell.
AutoWeek reports that the distinctively styled, rear-wheel-drive model
is positioned at the top of the range, with a list of high-end features
never before offered on a Cadillac, including the latest in crash avoidance
and safety technology. The car, dubbed Cadillac Twelve, would compete with
Mercedes-Benz S Class, the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8, among others.
AutoWeek sources say the V12-powered flagship essentially mates two of
the firm's 60-degree 3.6-liter V6 engines on a common crankshaft. The V12
will feature direct injection, cylinder deactivation and a state-of-the-art
automatic gearbox to ensure competitive levels of power and economy.
GM global product vice president Bob Lutz, a longtime proponent of a
luxury grand touring sedan for Cadillac, confirms development of the V12.
All that remains is whether Lutz can convince GM's bean counters to put the
Cadillac into production.
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