2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Special Edition Announced

While many of us are eagerly awaiting the upcoming generation of V-Series performance vehicles, Cadillac announced today that it still has one more trick up its sleeve before the big overhaul. There will be 500 examples of a 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Special Edition, a limited-run model signaling the end of this generation of the CTS-V.

Special Edition Rides Off into the Sunset

The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Special Edition will be mechanically identical to the standard CTS-V Coupe, employing the same ferocious supercharged V-8. Displacing 6.2-liters, the thrashing engine produces 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque directed to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

On the exterior there are a few special trim pieces including a dark-finish mesh grille, dark satin wheels, and red brake calipers. Paint options will be limited , with just Crystal White, Phantom Gray, and Black Diamond. Inside the cabin the Cadillac CTS-V Special Edition offers an Ebony interior with contrasting red stitching, Recaro seats, wood trim, a microfiber suede-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and metal pedals. Starting price for the CTS-V Coupe Special Edition will be $72,195 including delivery and gas guzzler taxes.

You’ll still be able to buy a base CTS coupe or wagon from the 2014 model year until Cadillac runs out, but the Special Edition CTS-V coupe will be sold 2015 models. The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan is a brand new model, and one of our 2014 Automobile Magazine All-Stars.

Even Brighter Days Ahead

However, the real doozy is Cadillac’s revelation that “the next-generation V-Series models are in development and will premiere next year.” We’ve seen prototypes of both the CTS-V and ATS-V out testing, but the suggestion that there is a so-called V-Series could possibly portend a larger XTS-V variant.

The next-gen CTS-V is rumored to receive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06’s monstrous 625-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. As far as the ATS-V, there’s been speculation that it will get an uprated variant of the twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 seen in the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport and XTS Vsport, where it makes 420 hp and 410 hp, respectively. More recently, the word is that the M3-fighting ATS-V will utilize a 3.2-liter V-6 with upwards of 500 hp. Based on spy photos we’ve seen, expect all future V-series performance vehicles to get more aggressive aerodynamic body panels and a thick-slatted vertical grille pattern when they arrive in 2015.

Cadillac is such a frustrating brand.So much of what they are doing is completely impressive.  The new interiors, the specs, the drivetrains, the handling, the fit and finish.
But then they drop the ball or contradict themselves, not quite making them true world class competitors.  
They have failed to come up with a completing design language. Luxury cars should be beautiful and impressive and Cadillacs are neither.  They hang on to certain cues for way too long, keeping the all the myriad crests, for example, long past the time when they became a cheesy embarrassment.  
Not everything needs to be overstated, Cadillac.  Your audience is no longer Jersey Boys. 
If you look at the exterior design of a Tesla, of a Jaguar, of the new Mercedes four door coupes, they all look like the money that is being charged for them.  A Cadillac, still, does not. 
Art and Science needs to die. There needs to be a fresh and utterly impressive look to a whole new generation of truly world class cars.  With handsome design, the Germans would have every reason to be worried. 

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