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While the CTS-V Sedan and Coupe are great cars, the Cadillac brand is still in need of a true flagship model and nothing is off-limits – including a rear-drive mid-engine exotic.
One proposal reportedly under consideration is for something along the lines of the Cien concept (above) which was first unveiled almost a decade ago at the Detroit Auto Show in 2002. The two-seater would use an all-new platform and one possibility is that it would share a mid-engine architecture with a rumored C8 Corvette. Pricing for the exotic would need to be above $150,000 in order to be feasible, considering the small volume of sales.
This proposal is, however, unlikely and fits in with a list of other proposals that include a Mercedes CLS-styled 4-door coupe, a Mercedes CL imitating luxury coupe and a near-limousine-size luxury sedan.
The more likely direction Cadillac will take is to further develop a flagship sedan that would sit above the upcoming XTS, which is set to replace both the STS and DTS in the near future.
[Source: Car & Driver]
Abarth’s rumored mid-engine sports car will apparently use the KTM X-Bow as a starting point, replacing the X-Bow’s Volkswagen mill with a Fiat Multi-Air engine good for 180 horsepower.
The terms of the deal would see Abarth purchase the rolling chassis from KTM and install their own engines. It’s not yet known if the Abarth would retain the radical styling of the X-Bow or if it will retain actual bodywork. Naturally, the car will be extremely limited production, and have a sticker price of roughly $80,000 when it debuts in 2013.
[Source: Road and Track]