Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cadillac's Flagship Coupe—XTC V12

The XTS V12 luxury coupe, with a high-torque, ultra-quiet V12 featuring 450 hp. Click images to enlarge.

C H O P S — Cadillac could really use a flagship model to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW's 7-Series, Audi's A8 and similar über luxury machines. Cadillac has recently shown a large sedan called the XTS Platinum, but it's front-wheel drive and will replace their medium-sized cars, the STS and DTS. There have been rumors of a larger rear wheel drive car being developed, but it's quite far down the pipeline if it really exists at all. 

I've used a photo of the XTS Platinum concept sedan to create this larger pillarless coupe model, the XTC. That longer hood would now house a bespoke V12 in two states of tune: a "normal" rating of 450 hp, and a V-Series sport model with twin superchargers and 600 hp. The V-Series would take on Mercedes AMG division, and take the CTS-V's stellar performance image even further. The interiors would feature beautiful matte- or gloss-finished woods with V-Series featuring either polished carbon-fiber or piano-black lacquer trim.

My naming choice might be a bit confusing, as this large coupe would be placed above the front-wheel drive XTS sedan, but I just couldn't resist the XTC moniker—I'm sure the owners will be in ecstasy behind the wheel, lol.

The ultra-high performance model, the XTC V-Series, featuring a twin-supercharged V12 with 600 hp.

B T W : 
For those of you that aren't quite sure what I do to create my cars, this is the photo I began with. I use copyright-free publicity shots of cars, and then manipulate them in Photoshop to create the cars I wish were available today. You'll notice that besides having 4-doors versus 2-doors, the hood of the real car is much shorter than mine. That's because the XTS sedan has a V6 front wheel drive drivetrain, versus my V12 rear- or all-wheel drive platform. I've also changed the roofline/C pillar and many other details to make my coupe all casey/artandcolour.


  1. I like the George Clooney Lake Como mansion from the top pick along with the ultra luxury version more so than the sportier version in pic 2. I kind of find that one a little humorous in a Casey kind of way, lol.

  2. thanks, Woody. Yes, the V-Series amused me quite a bit creating it! I'm not sure if that's Clooney's house or not, but it's definitely Lake Como-esque! I would love to see that part of Italy one of these days.

  3. I love this, both versions!

    I know you've been out of the loop a bit recently, what with hospitals and no electricity, but the ultra luxury sedan was pretty much confirmed for 2013, possibly as a 2014 model. So they're on the right track -- XTC is fun, but to me it's an Eldorado! WAsn't there an Eldorado ETC -- European Touring Coupe?

    Paul, NYC

  4. I toyed with going with Eldorado for this, it's totally an Eldo! But I thought I'd keep it "modern" with three letters, lol. Can't wait to see what they have in mind for a true flagship. The rear wheel drive ATS looks like it's going to be quite good looking, too, with a good long hood and proper steering wheel to front wheel proportions.

  5. Somehow I could see Cimicasa The Great saying "That's one sexy mofo" and me totally agreeing.

  6. I haven't thought about Cimicasa the Great in years, lol. You're right, he'd love these two!

  7. These are fantastic, Casey! I love them.

    I tried to make a Photoshop Towncar out of the XTS, but got stumped right where you succeeded brilliantly- extending the area aft of the front wheel. The logo fills that area beautifully !

    The V-12 coupe is wonderful.I'd love to see that in production named , what else? The Fleetwood V-12 Coupe !

    Great work as always!

    Oh, by the by-yesterday at random, I picked up a Collectable Automobile. Lo and behold, there was your letter . I found myself hoping they would hire you to do their "What If' section . Your cars would have a depth of detail and believability theirs often do not.

    I'll keep hoping!


  8. Thanks, Andy. That would be fun, although I don't need anymore deadlines in my life, lol. Thanks for the kind words!

  9. Beautiful work A&C.. just like the old days when we were at AWCC. I am looking forward to the XTS to hit Caddy dealers, as I am probably going to be trading my '09 CTS-V in for it when it hits its second model year. IF a coupe is in the works then I would most certainly get that instead. Anyway... keep up teh awesome chops.. your old MOFO... Cmicasa the Great XvX ;)

  10. Cmicasa: GREAT to hear from you! Gosh, it's been, what, 5-6 years since AWCC? Thanks for stopping by! I have a few other Cadillacs too, maybe on my other blog. Check out this link, there are chops and some Cadillac art and some photographs I've shot of classic Caddys:
    I still really like what I did with the CTS wagon:
    and a new Seville:

    again, great to see you and thanks!

  11. I look at this beauty as a Bentley Continental competitor. Probably needs AWD to use all that horsepower.

  12. Thanks, Steve. It would really be great to have an American competitor for the Bentley Continental!

  13. You are a genius. I just stumbled across your page while trying to locate pictures of Town Cars and Sedenca Da Villes that are currently on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum. I am enjoying your site as much as the museum. If I had the money, I'd be commissioning you to build me some of your cars! Terry

    1. aw, thank you! I hope you keep checking out the blog. I also have a Facebook page, look for casey/artandcolour, and a Pinterest page for cars, link at the top right of the blog. Hope you enjoy 'em all! -casey