2017 Godsil Manhattan V16

Jason Godsil's vision for the Godsil Motorcar company continues with these recently released renderings of the future Manhattan V16 luxury car. Intended as a halo car for the United States, the Godsil will source as many American parts and products as possible, and is also designed to source natural gas, relatively abundant in the United States, for fuel. Natural gas is already available at 1500 fuel stations across the country, and one goal of the Godsil project itself is to draw attention to this fuel source for vehicles.

In the 1920s and into the 1930s, the United States once boasted a long list of prominent luxury car manufacturers like Packard, Pierce Arrow and Duesenberg that competed with the best of the upscale marques from Europe. The Godsil with its Art Deco inspired design is a vision of what those type of manufacturers would be producing today.

The V16 engine has made an appearance only 4 times in a production car. From 1930-1937, Cadillac produced two different V16s for their top of the line Series 452 and Series 90 cars. At about the same time, from 1931 to the end of the company in 1933, the high-end American manufacturer Marmon produced a V16 model. Interestingly, the Cadillac V16 was developed by a former Marmon engineer, James Bohannon. Marmon had been working on the engine since 1927, but Cadillac beat them to market. Yet another American luxury car manufacturer, Peerless, built a single V16 car in 1931, the last car they ever made.

For many decades thereafter, there was no automotive V16s, until in 1991, when the Italian supercar manufacturer Cizeta built 20 cars with V16 engines. Production mostly ceased by 1995. A mention should also be given to the Bugatti Veyron, but their 16-cylinder engine is in a W configuration rather than a V.

Engine development is being done by Stephen Chue, the former president and technical director of Katech, the company behind the engine for the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept.




Price Production Weight
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Engine Aspiration Torque
13 liter V16 natural --
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight
1,000 HP 76.9 HP/Liter --
Top Speed 0-62 mph Range
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Price Production Weight Engine Aspiration Torque
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Power Power/Volume Power/Weight Range 0-62 mph Top Speed
1,000 HP 76.9 HP/Liter -- -- -- --
Imperial Metric