Video: CTS Coupe overview with Cadillac General Manager Bryan Nesbitt
You may not be familiar with General Motors Vice-President of Design for North America Bryan Nesbitt, but you will definitely recognize his work. Namely the PT Cruiser from his time with Daimler Chrysler and the equally retroChevrolet HHR. Aside from throwbacks to early people movers, Nesbitt also had a say in the design of the open air sport compact speedsters, the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky before their untimely demise. However these days the young designer has moved on to more grown up things, like managing the development of Cadillac’s latest BMW 3 Series competitor, the CTS Coupe.
The challenge that GM’s design team set before them was to integrate the art and science of engineering a great rear wheel drive chassis to create a very dynamic and expressive luxury sport coupe complete with styling cues like a low slung roofline, flared arches and hidden door handles to create an extremely sporty design. The Cadillac CTS Coupe is powered by a direct injected 3.6 Liter V6 gas burning engine and is mated to a six speed manual transmission standard with a Driver Shift Control automatic as an option, the combination is good for a total of 304 HP and looks that just won’t quit.