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(from General Motors
Press Release) Having earned critical acclaim, industry
awards and brisk sales, Cadillac CTS has moved into the vanguard of
contemporary design. In doing so, Cadillac designers faced the
question of what to do next. Their answer celebrates that design
legacy with the exhilarating Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept, which
premiered at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.
The CTS Coupe takes Cadillacs acclaimed Art and Science design
language and adds more of both. More expressive, more technical and
very personal, the CTS Coupe extends the dramatic design of its
sedan predecessor with all-new sculpted bodywork aft of the front
The CTS Coupe Concept is a dramatic design statement, said Ed
Welburn, VP, GM Global Design. We did not create it as the result
of sifting through reams of market data, nor is its shape trimmed to
suit the input collected at a consumer clinic it is emotion on
four wheels and the very essence of what defines Cadillac today.
The CTS Coupe Concept has a classic 2+2 interior layout, highlighted
by black leather and microfiber trim that is complemented by yellow
ochre-colored seat inserts and leather stitching. It is designed to
accommodate a range of engines for the global luxury market,
including Cadillacs popular 3.6L Direct Injection V-6, as well as a
new 2.9L turbo-diesel currently in development.
This Coupe Concept is a natural extension of our design language,
and of the CTS itself, said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager.
Very simply, the dramatic design of the sedan begged the question
of what it would look like in the unbridled form of a Coupe.
Generated from the spark of the CTS design teams imagination, the
CTS Coupe casts a profile unlike anything else on the road. Its
fast-rake styling it has the same wheelbase as the CTS, but an
overall height that is approximately two inches (51 mm) lower and an
overall length that is two inches (51 mm) shorter blends with
hand-sculpted bodywork that bulges around the wheels, giving the
vehicle a ready-to-pounce stance that is dramatic, powerful and
Just about every decade, Cadillac designs a breakthrough car that
becomes synonymous with the brands character of the period, such as
the 1938 60 Special, the 1959 lineup, the 1975 Seville and the 2003
Sixteen Concept, said Clay Dean, Cadillacs global design director.
The CTS Coupe Concept is the next great design, carrying the baton
from the Evoq Concept that ushered in the Art and Science era in
A design gem
Among the CTS Coupe
Concepts signature design cues are a number of elements that
suggest the look of a carefully cut diamond particularly at the
rear. These elements are seen in everything from the chrome header
above the rear license plate holder to the indents that comprise the
basic form of the rear fascia.
The diamond-cut elements enhance the sleek profile of the car,
said John Manoogian II, director of exterior design for Cadillac.
The CTS Coupe uses the elements, along with other nods to classic
Cadillac cues such as vertical headlamps and taillamps to
acknowledge the brands heritage without resorting to nostalgia. It
is a forward-looking design in every sense of the term.
Although based on the sedan, the CTS Coupe shares only the
instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille with
the production model. Unique elements include:
styling, with no B-pillar
windshield laid at a faster angle to create a sleeker profile
seven-spoke wheel design; 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear
Sculpted lower front
fascia with unique brake-cooling vents
XLR-type hidden door
handles with proximity remote opening
Unique front fender
fascia with mesh lower grilles and center-outlet exhaust
Taillamps with a
subtle fin profile and are highlighted with LED lighting
technology with light pipes
integrated into the center high-mounted stop lamp
roof-mounted antenna for OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, etc.
The clich is to say
that there were no compromises in the design, but that is absolutely
accurate in the case of the CTS Coupe, said Manoogian. Each line
and angle of the bodywork was carefully honed, and the final
designs proportions were judged by the eyes of the design team, not
computer-generated math data.
The surfaces of CTS Coupe Concept are complex, inviting careful
inspection. The rear fenders, for example, were sculpted by hand in
the design studio until they provided a perfect, muscular form that
wrapped tightly over the wheels. At the top, the rear fenders are
beveled owing to the diamond-cut theme and become part of a
horizontal plane that runs from the leading edge of the taillamps
and merges into the roof.
At first glance, the design appears effectively simple, because
there are no extraneous moldings, spoilers or other protrusions, but
the more you look at it, the more complex it becomes, said
Manoogian. The angles and bevels were carefully carved to enhance
the cars sleek shape, but arent busy or distracting theres
really nothing quite like it.
Personal passenger environment
A classic 2+2 interior
environment enhances the CTS Coupes personal feel. It shares the
hand cut-and-sewn instrument panel and center console with the CTS,
but features unique front and rear seats, a continuous console
running between the front and rear seats, and custom door panels.
The CTS Coupe is a personal car something a customer would choose
to reward him or herself and the passenger environment reflects
that, said Eric Clough, interior design director. The interior
uses the already excellent CTS design and takes it to a new, bolder
Custom-trimmed sport seats from Recaro are located in all four
positions. They support the grand-touring nature of the car and are
covered in rich, black and suede-like microfiber material, with
yellow ochre-colored inserts. The yellow ochre color provides
dramatic contrast with the black surrounding trim, but is a subdued
hue consistent with the interiors overall feeling of refinement.
Yellow ochre stitching also is used throughout, including the seats,
instrument panel, shifter knob and more.
Black microfiber fabric covers the front armrest, as well as an
armrest located between the rear seats. The armrests are part of a
continuous console that stretches from the instrument panel to rear
seats. Carbon-fiber trim accents the console. The interior also
features ambient lighting throughout, creating a distinctive
environment at night.
Like the sedan, the CTS Coupe Concepts interior is home to a host
of technologies, including a premium Bose audio system, 40-gigabyte
hard drive and XM Satellite Radio. OnStar with Turn-by-Turn
Navigation enhances the vehicles onboard navigation system, which
like the CTS features a screen that rises out of the center of the
Performance-bred powertrain and
As is the case with its
design, the CTS Coupe extends the acclaimed capabilities of the
sedan in terms of performance technology. This includes the
capability to support a broad engine range of gasoline and diesel
The CTS Coupe, of course, ascertains the sedans 3.6L V-6 engines,
including the 304-horsepower (227 kW) Direct Injection power plant.
The Coupe Concept also is designed for a new 2.9L turbo-diesel being
developed for international markets. This new engine, tailored for
use in the CTS, will deliver an estimated 250 horsepower (184 kW)
and 406 lb.-ft. of torque (550 Nm).
A six-speed manual transmission backs the engine, sending torque to
an independently sprung rear axle. The CTS Coupes sport-tuned
suspension gives it a slightly lower ride height than a production
CTS a look enhanced by the cars rakish shape and large, 20-inch
front and 21-inch rear wheels.
Behind the chrome, split-spoke, aluminum alloy wheels is a set of
high-performance brakes, featuring cross-drilled rotors. Six-piston
calipers clamp down on the front rotors, while four-piston calipers
grab the rear rotors. All of the rotors have a distinctive,