The 1994 Cadillac DeVille Concours was powered by a 270-horsepower twincam Northstar 4.6-liter V-8.

1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and Sedan de Ville Concourse

The 1994 Cadillac lineup was highlighted by a redesigned 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and a sportier 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours version, the latter replacing the DeVille Touring Sedan.

This was the final element of a three-year Cadillac makeover that had welcomed a popular redesign of the Seville and Eldorado for 1992 and introduction of the impressive Northstar V-8 for 1993.

All DeVilles were now sedans; the Coupe de Ville was retired, the shelving of its evocative name signaling the end of another era in American motoring. The Sixty Special also was dropped.

The main difference between the 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours was motive power. The 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville used the 200-horsepower pushrod 4.9-liter V-8. The 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours used the 270-horsepower twincam Northstar 4.6-liter V-8.

Both the 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours looked like slightly smaller versions of the 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood, so few might have guessed they were built on a new K-Special version of the Cadillac Seville platform.

A 209.7-inch overall length combined with a 113.8-inch wheelbase to increase passenger and parcel space on the1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours versus previous models. Styling had bit more "crease in the pants" than Fleetwood, but was conservatively handsome.

For mainstream luxury cars, the 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours were a pleasant surprise: smooth, quiet, and fully equipped. The 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours proved a virtual hot rod; Consumer Guide clocked a test example in a swift 6.8 seconds 0-60 mph.

The standard traction control and Road Sensing Suspension of the 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours struck a happy balance between Euro-style handling and American-style ride. As ever, 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville aimed at older, less-energetic drivers, but was hardly the barge the Fleetwood was.

Both the 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours drank fair amounts of premium gas, but that still didn't concern most Cadillac buyers. Amazingly, DeVille's base price remained unchanged for 1994 at $32,990; the 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours started at a reasonable $36,950.

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