It looks like Cadillac is preparing to say "Good Bye" to the current-generation CTS in a very nice way: with two special editions based on the CTS Coupe and V-Series models. First there will be a CTS-V Coupe Silver Frost Edition limited to just 100 units and the second a Stealth Blue edition. Both new editions will arrive in March.
As their name suggest, the two new special editions will be pretty much about the exterior colors, with no updates under the hood. The Silver Frost edition will also get a new set of high-polished or satin-graphite wheels combined with brake caliper in yellow or red. On the interior the only updates will be limited to a suede-covered steering wheel and shift knob.
The Stealth Blue will get a dark finish grille, plus a new set of wheels painted in satin and combined with silver calipers. On the interior it will add Recaro performance seats.
Hit the jump to read more about the Cadillac CTS-V Silver Frost and Stealth Blue Limited Edition.
The most obvious difference on the new CTS-V Silver Frost Edition will be of course its exterior paint. Cadillac engineers used a special method when applying this color: they used a "30-gloss" clear coat to the paint, as opposed to the "80-gloss" found in standard paint finishes. As a result, this special Silver Frost paint will be matte, but will also emit a low "sparkle" when certain lights reflect off it.
The second special edition - the Stealth Blue CTS - brings no major update, just the blue-grey paint finish. It can be built on CTS coupe, V coupe and sedan models.
Both models will be offered with satin graphite wheels or high polished for the Silver Frost edition.
Silver Frost CTS-V exterior features:
- Yellow or red Brembo brake calipers
- High polished or satin graphite wheels
- Suede-covered steering wheel and shift knob
Stealth Blue CTS exterior features:
- Satin graphite wheels with silver calipers
- Dark finish grille
- Recaro performance seats
The updates offered on the interior by the two special editions are quite limited. The Silver Frost edition adds only a suede-covered steering wheel and shift knob, while the Stealth Blue will add an optional "Twilight Blue" leather interior package, plus standard Recaro seats.
Silver Frost CTS-V interior features:
- Suede-covered steering wheel and shift knob
Stealth Blue CTS interior features:
No changes were made under the hood. Depending on the models they are based on, the new editions will come with either a 318-horsepower 3.6-liter direct-injection engine or a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine delivering 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque.
The two special editions will arrive at dealers next month and prices will be announced then.
Considering these two new special editions can be combined with both sedan and coupe, standard and CTS-V versions, the list of competitors can get pretty big, but we will stick to the most interesting ones.
Audi RS 5
Choosing between the CTS-V Coupe and the RS5 can be pretty difficult: the RS5 is one of the most elegant sports coupes on the market, but at the same time the new CTS-V proved itself a very serious competitor on the market. The RS5 is powered by a 4.2 FSI V8 engine that delivers a total of 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque - an output that puts it way behind the CTS-V.
When it comes to finances, the CTS-V is again the winner: $64,515 vs. $ 69,795 for the RS5. Still, you should expect a different price for the new special edition.
The BMW M3 again has a huge disadvantage to the CTS-V, as it uses a V8 engine with an output of only 414 horsepower. The current M3 Coupe has one big advantage: its $60,100 price tag is a little bit cheaper than both of the above models.
It’s cool that Cadillac decided to bring the CTS-V back to our attention; still we are not very sure that a special color makes much of a special edition. We guess we will find out if it really worth when the company announces the final prices.
The two new colors look good
Can be combined with any model
Upgrades also offered on the interior
No changes under the hood
May be unnecessarily expensive
A pair of new performance-inspired, limited-edition models featuring custom paint will join the Cadillac CTS Coupe and V-Series product lines this year.
The Silver Frost Edition will be a special run of 100 CTS-V Coupes featuring a special low-gloss matte paint finish.
The Stealth Blue Edition is a vibrant new color in a more traditional metallic finish and will appear on the CTS Coupe and the high-performance CTS-V in Coupe, Sedan and Wagon body styles.
“Some color hues, such as blues, greys and reds easily identify with performance and velocity,” said Michelle Killen, lead creative designer for exterior paints. “Both Stealth Blue and Silver Frost are very expressive but still true to the luxury and exclusivity that a Cadillac represents, which were driving factors in the creation of the color.”
The Silver Frost matte paint will be on collector-edition vehicles available through select Cadillac dealers across the country beginning in March.
In addition to the 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine delivering 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque, the Silver Frost CTS-V will offer optional features such as:
Yellow or red Brembo brake calipers
High polished or satin graphite wheels
Suede-covered steering wheel and shift knob
The desired finish on the Silver Frost CTS-V coupe was achieved by applying a “30-gloss” clear coat to the paint, as opposed to the “80-gloss” found in standard paint finishes. The paint will still emit a low “sparkle” when certain lights reflect off it, but the finish will be distinctly “matte.”
The paint texture will also be noticeably different to the touch as the finish will be slightly less smooth. This is a desirable trait for fans of matte paint finishes. The paint is engineered to be as durable as normal paint but requires special attention for cleaning. The vehicle should be hand washed only.
“We’ve spent a significant amount of time developing these colors so that owners don’t have to deviate too much from their normal maintenance routines yet still have a distinct and dramatic finish to their performance vehicle,” Killen said.
The Stealth Blue will have a limited production run starting in March and will be available on the CTS coupe and all CTS-V models. CTS coupe, V coupe and sedan models will also offer an optional “Twilight Blue” leather interior package to go with the blue-grey exterior paint finish.
Stealth Blue CTS models can also be equipped with multiple performance-inspired details such as:
Satin graphite wheels with silver calipers
Dark finish grille
Recaro performance seats
A full list of options and combinations will be available at Cadillac.com and customers will have the ability to order the Stealth Blue option through dealers.