Cadillac Surprises Us With a CTS Coupe Concept

By Chris Haak

01.15.2008

The day after I mused about a lack of surprises at the auto show in my article about the Audi R8 V12 TDI, GM managed to keep a concept vehicle introduction under wraps until the vehicle rolled onto the stage. That vehicle was the Cadillac CTS Coupe concept.

Clearly taking a page from the styling that was implemented to critical and consumer acclaim in the 2008 CTS sedan, but adding a far more aggressive rear end treatment, shortened trunk, and sloped backlight, the CTS Coupe stayed close enough to its roots so that everyone knew what it was, yet also clearly moved the the needle further.

The car looked great in person. Its styling appears to be more polarizing than the sedan’s. Nearly all of the negative comments I heard about the car concern its rear end treatment, which in terms of proportion appears to be closer to the look of a hatchback rather than a traditional Cadillac shape. My first impression of the car was that the rear backlight was too aggressive and the trunklid was too short, but I understand why they needed to do something different with it rather than making a two door version of the CTS sedan, which would have required very little creativity.

Inside, the concept builds upon the CTS sedan’s interior components, but with different, more exotic materials and a 2+2 layout rather than the traditional 2+3 layout of the sedan. The seats are covered with suede-like microfiber material with yellow ochre-colored inserts and yellow ochre trim throughout the rest of the interior.

The CTS Coupe is powered by GM’s 3.6 liter V6 but is capable of handling the 2.9 liter V6 turbodiesel that will be fitted to the CTS sedan for international customers. The diesel will deliver approximately 250 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It hasn’t been confirmed as a future engine choice in the US, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it at some point.

GM made no commitment to whether the CTS Coupe will see production, but insiders have speculated that the car will see production, and the production version will look very similar to this concept.

You can view GM’s full press release about the Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept here.

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Author: Chris Haak

Chris is Autosavant's Managing Editor. He has a lifelong love of everything automotive, having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A married father of two sons, Chris is also in the process of indoctrinating them into the world of cars and trucks.

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5 Comments

  1. For the rear, it looks more a fastback then a hatchback.

    Mjd4277, a poster on Allpar forums, mentionned then from certain angles, the rear ¼ of the car reminds him the 1968-70 AMC AMX Still, this Cadillac is a real rebel who’s “Born to be wild” to be “Bad to the Bone” on the “Highway to hell” compared to the “comformism” of the BMW and I lovin’it 🙂

    Now I have an excellent reason to NOT buy a BMW and this CTS coupe give me the reason 😉

  2. Thanks for the clarification between fastback versus hatchback. I have modified the article to say “fastback” instead.

    He’s right, I do see similarities in basic shape between the AMX and CTS Coupe’s rear end treatment.

    Thanks for the comment, Stéphane.

  3. Me likee lots.

  4. I was at the show and I’ve gotta tell you, the interior of this car is delicious.

    I love the way it looks inside and out and I hope Cadillac decides to offer it as a production model ASAP.

  5. I’m first in line if Cadillac decides to sell this coupe. It is a wonderful looking car. Cadillac is truly, truly back.

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