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We're all fidgety waiting for the arrival of the Cadillac CTS coupe, but GM has already axed a potentially popular variant of the two door entry-Caddy. Despite indications that GM's turnaround plan is making headway, resources still need to be allocated carefully, so we're guessing that an alfresco CTS Coupe didn't make a good enough business case to justify the cost to bring it to market. While it certainly cost GM money to make the CTS a two-door, significant investment would have been necessary to engineer and fine-tune the reported retractable hardtop the convertible would have gotten. Convertible buyers are often a little different than hardcore coupe purchasers, opening up another sales niche. GM also misses out on another challenge to BMW, which offers a Skyliner-ized 3-series. If there's enough clamor for a convertible CTS Coupe, GM may eventually commit to it as Cadillac takes aim at BMW with it's awesomeized CTS.

[Source: Inside Line, Photo: Inside Line]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      By the way, this car was DESIGNED a coupe (thus the name CTS Coupe). If it was initially styled to be a convertible, it would have made a better looking one. But the car's entire 'look' is the relationship of the top to the body of the car and how well the designers did their job. A convertible of the CTS? No, hopefully not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd buy it, but I want a V.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No loss, really. The high-cowl, short-windows styling currently in vogue is absolute murder on convertibles' lines, especially with the top down.

      Look at the difference between prev-gen Chrysler Sebring convertibles and the current dumpy "turtleneck" model. The CTS would have looked just as bad topless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      CTC- Catera Touring Coupe

      Ugh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Realty is that the CTS is a 5 Series product and a convertible isn't needed. The CTS Coupe is like a 6 Series. In 2010 2011 when the CTS gets a facelift and the new smaller, true 3 Series fighter is introduced...I would imagine you will see all variants.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like that rendering quite a bit more than the CTS Coupe (which I have seen in person). I don't see why it has to be a hard top though. Look at the Saab 93 'vert.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought the CTS was a 5 series fighter. Is the CTS-V a M5 fighter but the regular CTS is only aiming at the 3 series?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The '09 CTS-V is not a M5 fighter, it is a M(anything) KILLER. Assinated, annihilated, unmercifully put down (taken behind the proverbial woodshed).

        Better suspension, better asthetics, better dimentional package, better (lighter / more power) engine = better car.

        Ssssshhh, go whine elsewhere. The Vee is the better car. The M5 reminds me of my mother-in-law, and even though I love her, I pray that my wife doesn't end up looking exactly like her.

        Unfairly though, the Vee may have had a better driver? Naw, not be possible, European drivers are genetically superior to their fat, lazy, stupid Yank counterparts.

        Can't wait for the ZR-1, to back Li'l bro up, with the ultimate put down.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So GM has no problem funding a G6 convertible but cannot make a case for CTS version? The engineering basics should translate over fairly easily.

      Maybe farm it out to ASC, Bertone, or other as I am sure they could make 5000 per.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Too bad. This is where in the market Cadillac should be building a convertible instead of trying to compete higher-up the market. And it wouldn't hurt that this is one sexy car!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Do you drive around listening to 'Baby Got Back' by Sir Mix-a-lot?

        That is one huge ass for a car. I would like to see a rear rendering to see if the bumper looks like a diaper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hot car, but we have a ton of 'verts to choose from. Make the coupe in regular and extra-strength and create an all-together different 'vertible for folks. GM is doing right by this decision (if this article is even true).
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Despite indications that GM's turnaround plan is making headway..."

      What pray tell, would those indications be?

      GM does not have a turnaround plan unless you mean the roll over and die plan! The fact that they are spending money on this POS CTV to make it an M3/M5 fighter proves their total cluelessness. GM will never beat BMW at their own game, never! Better off scraping any such notions and start building cars people actually want to buy. To the vast majority of people who need a car the CTS time around the ring means nothing at all. It's just another useless GM ego trip and BMW, Audi etc. are just laughing at them as is everyone else bar the GM kool-aid crowd.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know that I posted this earlier, but thought I should again just for you "oby".


        The '09 CTS-V is not a M5 fighter, it is a M(anything) KILLER. Assinated, annihilated, unmercifully put down (taken behind the proverbial woodshed).

        Better suspension, better asthetics, better dimentional package, better (lighter / more power) engine = better car.

        Ssssshhh, go whine elsewhere. The Vee is the better car. The M5 reminds me of my mother-in-law, and even though I love her, I pray that my wife doesn't end up looking exactly like her.

        Unfairly though, the Vee may have had a better driver? Naw, not be possible, European drivers are genetically superior to their fat, lazy, stupid Yank counterparts.

        Can't wait for the ZR-1, to back Li'l bro up, with the ultimate put down.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You sound just like the domestic fanboyz from 1980ish. "Haha, those stupid Japanese imports, silly furrin cars. They will never compete..."

        As for ring times, I agree that most car buyers do not care (BMW buyers included). The vast majority of CTS's produced will get the 3.6L V6 though so who cares?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think anyone is laughing at the CTS... And this coming from a 540i owner.
          • 7 Years Ago
          x2. I'm in the market for a premium car, and have personally test driven all the big players in the segment, and have several friends that own a variety of models in the segment as well.

          I'm talking A4, 3-series, C-Class. Am not considering TL because I don't consider it to truly be in this segment.

          My purchase will be a CTS. And I'm not laughing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I absolutely love it.
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