Cadillac Allanté car range and history
|Vehicle technical details|
|Production:||1987 to 1993|
|Assembly plants:||Canavese, Italy,Detroit, Michigan|
|Body and chassis|
|Chassis/body:||Steel GM V-body|
|Engine and Powertrain|
|Engine location:||Transverse front-engine|
|Engine power:||127-220 kW|
|Transmission:||F-7 4-speed automatic|
|Weights and Dimensions|
The Cadillac Allanté is a Cadillac launched luxury class convertible and was offered from spring 1987 to summer 1993.
Originally developed under the codename "Callisto" Allanté Cadillac . Chassis and engine were initially straight from the Cadillac Eldorado , other components shared the Allanté with the Buick Reatta , the Buick Riviera and the Oldsmobile Toronado .
The comlete floor pan originated at the Cadillac factory in Detroit and went by air freight to Pininfarina to Turin, where the bodywork was mounted; The semi-finished cars were then shipped by Lufthansa Cargo back to the US, where the final assembly took place. The press spoke of the "longest assembly line in the world".
The Allanté cost $ 54,000 at its premiere with a removable aluminum hardtop, making it by far the most expensive model in the Cadillac range. Due to the high price created by Allanté only about 21,000 copies By 1989 price was $57,183 and near $60k at end of production.
The Allanté was conceived as a 2 + 2 seater convertible. The convertible was initially powered by the company's own 4.1-liter V8 (type HT-4100) with electronic fuel injection, which made 125 kW (170 hp) at a speed of 4300 rpm. Front and rear wheels were guided over strut axles, disc brakes all around included as standard.
With the model year 1989, a new 4.5-liter V8 was used (type HT 4500), which made 149 kW at the same speed and 366 Nm at 3200 revolutions / min. In addition, the Allanté received a speed-dependent suspension control system, which was named "Speed Dependent Damping Control" or SD²C for short and made the suspension harder from a speed of 40 km / h and, in a second stage, from 60 km / h. The tightest attitude also helped start the car up to a speed of 8km / h. Also new was the speed-dependent power steering.
In addition, the Allanté until its end of production in the summer of 1993, only a few changes. However, the Roadster received in the spring of 1992, the brand new Cadillac Northstar V8 with two overhead camshafts and 4.6 liter displacement. Otherwise, this engine produced 213 kW, for use in the Allanté Cadillac gave the power with 220 kW at a speed of 5600 / min and the maximum torque with 393 Nm at 4400 / min. At the same time they built a new multi-link rear suspension, which from the models Cadillac Seville and Eldorado came and improved the road situation.
Another innovation was the "Road Sensing Suspension", an electronically controlled active shock absorber control. Also new were improved disc brakes, a lowered front spoiler and the elimination of the wind deflector behind the A-pillars.By 1993 The removable aluminum hardtop was now a option and LCD digital instrument panel replaced the analog gauges.