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.
You know what they say that there is nothing like an accident? This is pretty much what happened with the next-generation Cadillac CTS, as people say General Motor “accidentally” dropped an image of the next CTS online, but we don’t believe in accidents. The "accidental" image appeared online, while Cadillac unveiled the ELR winter chassis testing.
In fact, this sounds pretty much like a confirmation of the previous rumors: the new-generation CTS will be unveiled sometime this year and the production will begin at the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in September of 2013.
The second-generation Cadillac CTS will move from the current Sigma platform to GM’s new Alpha platform. Under the hood, we will see a lineup of new engines: the standard model will get a 270-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine borrowed from the ATS and the top version will keep the current 3.6-liter V6 engine. The CTS-V version could use a 6.2-liter V8 engine with an output of more than 556 horsepower.
Ever since Cadillac unveiled the ATS, everyone expected to see the same treatment Caddy applied to the CTS, meaning the addition of more body variations. It looks like what was once simple speculation has just become a sure thing.
In a recent interview at the Detroit Auto Show, Robert Ferguson confirmed that an ATS Coupe is indeed under construction. In fact, selected journalists already saw the first concept version back in 2009. He describes the ATS as a great car and some variations of it are a must.
What we will not see in the lineup is a station wagon and a convertible. How about an ATS-V? No comments here yet, so we still can hope. Ferguson also confirmed that the European market will get a diesel-powered ATS, so there will be an ATS for every taste in the upcoming years.
What we can safely assume about the ATS Coupe is that it will be offered with the same engine lineup as the sedan: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter V-6 with 318 horsepower.
Remember a time when most luxury brands only produced large, luxurious rear-wheel-drive sedans, coupes and SUVs carrying a price tag so huge that most people only dreamt of owning one? Well, that was the past...
Now days, to grab lost market share, most brands have doubled their lineup by announcing less-expensive crossovers and entry-level hatchbacks that aim to introduce the brand to many more customers. BMW, for instance, has updated its entry-level 1-series and are on the verge of doubling its lineup with new models that carry lower price tags. Mercedes-Benz has also started planning quite a few low-cost Models to tackle the competition. And, if reports are to be believed, Cadillac will be boarding that bandwagon soon enough.
As of now, Cadillac doesn’t have any super-luxurious halo model that could rival the big sedans from the Germans. So, expect a new flagship Cadillac in the future that can be perceived as a "pinnacle of American luxury.” Also, a new crossover is in the works, after witnessing the segment grow in popularity among customers looking for practicality in a sexy and sleek package.
Also in the cards is, surprisingly, a Bimmer 1-series rival. After being used to the long and powerful sedans that Cadillac used to make, a small, hatchback bearing the Caddy badge is somewhat weird – almost revives nightmares of the Cimarron and Catera. But, given the fact that the Germans have already plotted such a move, Caddy may also create such a rival to meet increasing demand.
With Cadillac expanding its lineup, it’s clear that its strategy to grab some shares is pretty aggressive and would help strengthening the brand’s image. Stay tuned for more info.
With just a few days before its official debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac photofraphed the production-version Cadillac ELR driving through the mountains of Southern California during development testing. Cadillac was kind enough to offer us this camouflaged image along with the promise that the ELR will "change the way people think about luxury and electrification."
The production-version ELR was previewed in 2011 with the ELR Concept and will likely be offered with the same electric powertrain used in the Chevrolet Volt. However, unlike Volt, the new ELR will offer an increased level of luxury and improved interior comfort. The production version will borrow most of its design elements from the concept version, including the Cadillac’s signature vertical headlights and the vertical LED taillights.
Full details on the production version ELR will be unveiled on January 15th. The model will go on sale as a 2014 model and will be priced at about $70k.
Cadillac CTS-V is a perfect car from factory, so updating it makes absolutely no sense. In fact if you are taking a closer look at the model’s short history you will notice that there is almost no tuner to offer significant changes for the model.
All the changes we have seen were limited to minor exterior updates, new wheels and a few extra ponies under the hood. Today the guys over D2Forged applied the same treatment and improved the look of the CTS-V with a new set of wheels.
We are talking about a new set of wheels in 11 spoke design featuring unique detail fluting and an aggressive, sporty aesthetic. The wheels measure 21×9.5 at the front and 21×11 at the rear, with classic step lip configuration preventing the center from looking too large. The new wheels were combined with titanium brushed center and hi-polished lip finishing and the perfect Caddy wheel is complete!
During this year’s SEMA show, D3 was back in full force again, presenting a new program for the Cadillac ATS, which includes a new body kit. This kit consists of a revised front bumper, side skirts with optional air foils, a new roof spoiler and a rear deck lid spoiler. All these parts were built by D3 itself and comes with OEM mounting points.
On top of all the aesthetic upgrades, D3 also treated the ATS with some mechanical upgrades, including installing an adjustable coil-over suspension system that can be lowered and the spring rate adjusted to the driver’s preference or track. The ATS’ suspension system also received an aftermarket lowering module that consists of two settings — "Street" or "Competition” — to help give it an extra edge in the twist. Finally, the standard air intake was also replaced by a genuine bolt-on D3 air-intake system.
These upgrades may look subtle now, but rest assured, D3 has something in store for all of us. It has built a reputation as one of the best Cadillac tuner in the world.
Pretty high expectations, sure, but D3 has earned it.
Is it safe to say that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe doesn’t get the love it deserves? We certainly think so because if it did get its due recognition, we’d have more aftermarket companies presenting programs for the American sports car.
Thankfully, the fine folks from Geiger Cars are one with us in this thinking. With a penchant for taking American sports cars and adding a nice aftermarket flavor to them, these folks went to work on Cadillac’s pride and joy, the CTS-V Coupe.
In stock form, the CTS-V Coupe is already a beast on four wheels, but thanks to a collaborative mix of a new engine software, camshafts, and a new sports exhaust system, Geiger Cars was able to bring the CTS-V’s output right smack in the middle of supercar territory. 620 horsepower with a new top speed of 218 mph.
Finishing their program for the CTS-V Coupe, Geiger Cars also fitted new front and rear stabilizers, as well as a new set of 19" wheels and high-performance brakes.
So how much is the car going to cost with all the modifications included? This big boy will set customers’ back €125,270, which is about $164,000 based on current exchange rates.
As if it wasn’t already obvious, given GM is about as good at holding its secrets as a tissue is at holding water, the Cadillac ELR has finally been confirmed for production. Production will kick off in late 2013 in the automaker’s Detroit-Hamtramck factory alongside the Chevy Volt, Opel Ampera, and Holden Volt. This will also bring about $35 million in updates to the plant in order to get it ready to handle the extra production and this high-tech extended-range EV.
There are still no exact figures on its driveline, but we all assume it will be based on the Chevy Volt’s platform. GM’s presser does let us know that the ELR will feature a T-shaped lithium-ion battery and will run primarily on electricity. Once the battery becomes discharged, a 4-cylinder engine will kick in to recharge the battery.
We’re all anticipating – maybe more like hoping – that if the ELR uses the Volt’s drivetrain, GM will retune the system to be a little more performance-oriented. Given the sporty look of the concept version of the ELR, it just wouldn’t sit right with us if the ELR takes over 9 seconds to get to 60 mph, like the Volt does.
We’ll keep an eye on the ELR’s progress and relay its official specs to you just as soon as GM leaks – err – releases them.
Okay, let’s start with the not-so-cool stuff… Cadillac’s new CEO, Robert Ferguson, announced recently that Cadillac is considering two new models. The first of the two is a large flagship model to do battle with the likes of the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes S-Class. While that’s all well and good, we want to hear the more exciting side of this pair of potential new models.
For the second model, we need to have a look back at the 2009 model year, which was the final year of the relative flop that was the XLR and XLR-V – Cadillac’s Corvette-based sports car. It was cool looking, but ultimately it was way ahead of its time in Cadillac’s brand overhaul and in its base format was relatively slow (6 seconds to 60 mph).
According to Cadillac’s CEO, an all-new two-seat sports car is “being considered.” With the CTS and CTS-V doing pretty well in the lineup and performance luxury cars becoming more popular, we think this is an awesome idea. Add in the fact that Cadillac’s image has officially been changed to and accepted as a luxury car maker with a little bit of pop under its hood and Cadillac may be sitting on solid gold.
You see, even the XLR-V and its 4.4-liter V-8 could only muster up a 443 horsepower and a 4.6-second sprint to 60 mph, but retailed at nearly $100K. Now with the CTS-V pumping out 556 horsepower, hitting 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, and carrying a $63K base price, a new Caddy roadster could step right in, borrow some components from the CTS-V and make a run at the likes of the Jaguar F-Type and others.
While this is all still speculation, we can’t help but be excited by even the potential of a performance roadster in the Cadillac lineup. Stay tuned!