• Jul 27, 2007
We thought we knew almost everything there was to know about the new 2008 Cadillac CTS, but as these latest spy pics reveal GM still has a few tricks up its sleeve for the upcoming sedan. First up, these fresh-off-the-line production cars feature clear taillights for the first time. Look a little closer and you'll also notice the new 'CTS4' badges denoting that these are the new AWD variants.
According to the guys who photographed the cars, a second little badge was attached just above the CTS label that said 'Direct-Injection', meaning these new AWD versions were equipped with GM's new all-aluminum 3.6L V6 engine. With the direct-injection feature on board, the new V6 will develop up to 300hp.

Full production of the '08 CTS is expected to start by the end of summer with the first cars hitting showrooms by the fourth quarter.

The new taillamps certainly look striking in the picture, but we'll have to wait till we see them in real life to pass our judgement.

[Source: The GM Source]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I always thought the DOT mandated that all taillamps had to have some sort of red reflector?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Look on the bumper. They dont have to be in the tail lights, just some where on the rear of the car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well I think they should clear the 3rd brakelight also but it does look classy in black 8-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seem to remember reading about a year ago that Caddy was going to switch over to red LED's for brake lights & yellow LED's (which are apparently more difficult to manufacture) for back turn signals in the near future and that someone had seen a prototype running around in Michigan with this set-up; suspect this is the final version.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'd just use a crowbar
      • 7 Years Ago
      I so agree with Mulad. I used to think clear lenses were novel, until I almost got hit at a roundabout (rotunda) because I drove ahead, thinking that the other guy was going straight ahead, as his turn signal didn't appear to be on -- but it was!

      Clear lenses are no good when the sun is shining on it, it waters down any coloured light behind it. I prefer red and amber lenses -- they are more sun-proof and safer. Clear lenses are only great for places where it's perennially gray and overcast, or rainy.

      Besides, taillights used to be part of the design of a car and how you identify them from afar -- why hide them?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The photo shows the taillights for export models. It's exactly the same way on the current STS - red taillights for the U.S. versions, clear for the export. This is not really news.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So this car is covered in badges? Kinda takes away from a nice looking car. I understand Direct injection is a big deal now, but in 10 years, those badges will look as ridiculous as all the other 80's and 90's cars that have "Fuel Injection" and "ABS" all over them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet those new "light pipes" look sweet against the clear background. And I don't see how they are less visible. LED's are pretty bright last time I checked, and are MUCH more visible especially when the sun is directly on them compared to an incandescant assembly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe Caddy was trying to do this so it wouldn't seem as obvious that the taillights were a different color, but the clear lights look HORRIBLE on a silverish car. Now, on a dark blue or red, these might look OK, but otherwise, I will stick w/ red.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The SRX sold in Shanghai, China already has taillights like this, and they look great. Apparently it has them in Europe too.

      http://www.cadillaceurope.com/index.aspx?FilterId=2093&ChapterId=8031&ContentId=21204

      To those above who say you don't have to have red in the taillight in the US, only somewhere on the rear... this isn't true. It is true in Europe, but in the US the car must reflect red from the rear and also reflect red at the rear from the side (corner reflectors). Because of this, the taillights are usually mounted right at the corners and have red reflectors to the back and side. If you made the taillights clear, you'd have to put red reflectors on back and side. Cars haven't had separate rear corner reflectors since the mid 80s.

      Also to the people above: rear fog lamps are legal in the US. My Audi has them, and plenty of other cars do too. US regulations even allow you to have two rear fog lamps, which is strictly prohibited in Europe, as two rear fog lamps just look like your brakes are on.

      Another tip: never turn on your rear fog lamps. Thanks, it's appreciated. You just look like dopes. If you can afford a European car you probably should be smart enough to figure out how to operate it properly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The clear tail lights have been in production for several years. But they only show up on the export units. The tail light have two rows of LCD light on eyellow and one red.
      TyTy
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the new CTS, but I think the light on the trunk and the rear fog lights should be clear as well. Do u guys think so also?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @TyTy
        I was thinking the same thing. What's the point of clear taillights when the huge center brake light is still red? Also, i thought they looked a bit off in the photo, but they look awesome on the black car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      NIce taillights I wonder if they fit any other cars.
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