• Feb 27, 2009
"Blue skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face!" Why the singing? Despite the recent stoppage of further development on high performance vehicles, it looks like the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe might make it out of the barn before the doors are shut.

While we would have settled for the uninterrupted arrival of the CTS Coupe, the fact that a mule has been spied running around with V-Series markings is all the more exciting. Perhaps the all-conquering V-Series of the two door CTS was already too far underway to scrap, or perhaps the badging on the mule is just a reminder of quashed dreams. Thanks for the tip, Walt.

[Source: Autoweek Photo: Chris Doane/Priddy]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      with the tesla, fisker karma, SSC and so many other EVs in the market. GM should try to make a performance hybrind/EV sports coupe. even the name CTS-V is inline with that. When will GM wake up and make greener cars (im not talking about freakin E85 consuming ones.) If they think the Volt is gonna be some mysterious savior, they are sadly mistaken.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "When will GM wake up and make greener cars.... If they think the Volt is gonna be some mysterious savior, they are sadly mistaken."

        You just contradicted yourself in that paragraph.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most buyers, myself included, could care less how green their vehicles are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmmmmm.....559Hp rwd in a coupe......sounds good to me.



      A car from Cad i can finally like. =)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think JDMlover has changed. He made a positive comment about the Hyundai Equus the other day. It's amazing (and so is this car)!
        BTW, I think the reason it is called the CTS Coupe is because Cadillac seems to have dropped the name for which "CTS" is an acronym and the name CTS seems to have a lot more brand equity at this point than the potential "CTC" (though the latter is of course more logical based on the old branding).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I tried... my nutz almost froze off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But you still have to hold your breath until the "Wizard of Auto Baffoonary" SeaUrchin has his say.
        • 5 Years Ago
        JDMLover said something positive about an American product? Somebody check the temperature in hell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great job GM. Strikes at the heart of BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not going to be "corrected." Its their car, Cadillac can call it whatever they want. And its going to be called CTS-V coupe. CTS has been established as a strong brand name, they don't want to dillute it by adding another "name." Plus this lets them count all the CTS variants in as one when it comes time to tally sales numbers, like their competitors do with "E-class" "3-series" etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool! Can't wait to test drive one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So you think that a low volume, over $100K Fisker or Tesla is wonderful, but GM's $40K practical 4-door Volt is not going to save the world, and that GM should wake up...hmmm. Maybe you should have a cup of java yourself, as the Volt may not save the world, but it will move in a positive direction on a lager mass than Tesla or Fisker combined ever will. As for Caddy building a hot coupe EV... GM already released a concept coupe called Converj, and is planning to do build just that. Before your rant, have some knowledge of what your talking about.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks APEX, I was about to get him. You beat me to it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would've liked sharper roof lines near the back, and a real trunk look. Still shaping up to be an amazing car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well I hate to rain on this parade...but just because development is still funded today does NOT mean that it will be tomorrow...or next week...or next quarter.


      If it made it this far,then perhaps maybe possibly (lol), there's a chance to get to production, that is a lot of sunk cost, but that $ is gone no matter what...these days the axe can fall anywhere, at anytime, on anyone...

      I'm sure production costs v. forecast sales (razor thin at this point) will be the final factor in deciding it's fate.

      So keep your fingers crossed...that I win the lottery and can buy one of these!
      • 5 Years Ago
      C'mon GM, just a little bit more... bring this baby to market! I'll be standing at my local Caddy dealer at opening time, check in hand. Help me help you. Make it happen!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      For a volume producer such as GM, this is the worst time to be spending our money to develop high end cars. Get back to basics GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They have had the R&D done on this car probably years ago, even the V version. I am guessing the end of performance editions stopped with any new development. It's very close to production, so that tells you its been in the hopper for some time. The CTS is one of the best and most successful modern American cars, and personally I think this is the one car they need to keep the V brand alive because it does compete and surpass European rivals.

        As for the other cars mentioned, even though they are high volume will the people buy them? I don't see much faith in the basic American car right now outside of a few models. They don't compete with Japan, and now Korea. At least with the CTS you know there is demand because the car is proven.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. Right now they should be working on updates to the Cruze and Malibu. Spend money on volume money makers and incremental updates. Speeding new high volume products to market would make more sense than this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Randy, news may not have reached your neck of the woods yet, but GM recently disbanded the wonder elves that brought us goodies such as these.

        Other than suspension dynamics, there shouldn't be much else to "develop".

        On the good news side, GM is not getting rid of the aforementioned elves, they'll still be in the company's employ.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You guys, is it not obvious that most of the development work has already been done ??? The worst decsion of all would be to do 98 % of the engineering and then NOT release it.

        GM made the right call on this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Serge, people call it the CTS-V because that IS the name of the car. No matter what you THINK it should be called, it is the CTS coupe. They built this V along with other pre-production models 2 weeks ago in Lansing. It is the real deal V, not just badges.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm...

        CTS = Catera Touring Sedan
        CTS Coupe = Cater Touring Sedan Coupe ???

        STS = Seville Touring Sedan
        ETC = ElDorado Touring Coupe

        CTC = Catera Touring Coupe

        People like you must be behind the auto industry's switch to stupid alpha-numeric names...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm...

        CTS = Catera Touring Sedan
        CTS Coupe = Cater Touring Sedan Coupe ???

        STS = Seville Touring Sedan
        ETC = ElDorado Touring Coupe

        CTC = Catera Touring Coupe

        People like must have came up with the stupid alpha-numeric naming schemes that are being used by 99% of auto manufacturers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        According to Cadillac, CTS stands for C-segment Touring Sedan. Deciding to brand the coupe as CTS coupe is a break from that, but it makes sense from a marketing standpoint, and its their car. You'll get it over it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I REALLY hope this car makes it to production. It's a TERRIBLE thing that the V-Series is gone.. What a disappointment.

      Sal Collaziano
      http://www.cadillacforums.com
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