Cadillac – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:04:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Cadillac’s Future Design Highlighted in Escala Concept http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillacs-future-design-highlighted-escala-concept/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillacs-future-design-highlighted-escala-concept/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:19:02 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=981560 While not as outrageously styled as the previous Ciel and Elmiraj concept vehicles, the Cadillac Escala unveiled in Monterey, Calif., on Thursday will be the basis of future design for the brand, executives said. “Cadillac has pushed bold, courageous design for quite some time, but it needs to evolve,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said...

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While not as outrageously styled as the previous Ciel and Elmiraj concept vehicles, the Cadillac Escala unveiled in Monterey, Calif., on Thursday will be the basis of future design for the brand, executives said.

“Cadillac has pushed bold, courageous design for quite some time, but it needs to evolve,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said in an interview here, adding that the Escala “really does announce what future Cadillac design will be.”

In describing the new design ethos, de Nysschen said that the “hard and crisp wedge shape” of the brand’s Art & Science styling will become “more organic” and feature a “sporty muscularity.”

“We are revisiting the proportions of the car,” he said. “From the wheel height to body depth to the greenhouse to the overhangs, we have fixed them [in place], so regardless of [each vehicle’s] size, the proportions will be consistent.”

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Certain existing design keystones, such as the signature vertical lighting, will be retained. But the upright nature of the current design will now include sweeping horizontal elements that “enhance the car’s visual mass and stretch the car optically to be low and wide,” de Nysschen said.

Escala exterior design chief Taki Karras described the new concept as “a departure from our other concepts,” referring to the Ciel and Elmiraj that had wowed fans of the brand. While those two concepts were about reconnecting with Cadillac’s heritage, the styling of the Escala looks to the future, Karras said.

A subtle but key indicator of Cadillac’s seriousness in this design direction is that the Escala was created in a production-design studio, while the Ciel and Elmiraj were done in a concept studio. Also, the Escala was placed atop GM’s new Omega platform that also underpins the CT6, whereas the two previous concepts were one-off rollers.

“We don’t have to bash people over the head with our design,” Karras said. “We are the pinnacle American brand, but we don’t have to do it in a way that’s garish or flamboyant. We can be sophisticated, refined, and modern.”

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Cadillac Escala Debuts At Pebble Beach http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillac-escala-debuts-pebble-beach-video/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillac-escala-debuts-pebble-beach-video/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 03:38:43 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=979658 On top of a mountain just outside Carmel-by-the-Sea, in the back yard of a $17 million home / entertainment space / ego compensation mechanism, Cadillac pulled back the sheet on its latest design and technology preview concept: the Escala. This is the future of Cadillac, and it’s gorgeous. First things first: the Escala may never...

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On top of a mountain just outside Carmel-by-the-Sea, in the back yard of a $17 million home / entertainment space / ego compensation mechanism, Cadillac pulled back the sheet on its latest design and technology preview concept: the Escala. This is the future of Cadillac, and it’s gorgeous.

First things first: the Escala may never see the light of day as a complete production car. But fret not–every aspect of the car is a preview of something that could come to market, regardless of whether it comes as a part of a complete Escala. That’s not to say the Escala won’t be built (in some form). That depends on customers and their response to the Escala’s technology and design.

Based on the CT6 platform, the Escala has a real production architecture under its fresh new skin. It’s a big beast–six inches longer than the CT6 or the standard-wheelbase Escalade. And it’s powered by a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Nothing is certain, of course, but we hear that the V8 is a definite bet for production, whether the Escala comes together as a whole or not.

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With a production-based architecture and a (possibly) production-intent V8 engine under the hood, the Escala looks a great deal more production-ready than the beautiful but ultimately unrealistic El Miraj and Ciel of Monterey Car Week concepts past–and that’s a very good thing.

Beautiful concepts and one-off specials are fantastic as works of art, but a production car that can not only carry you to work, but carry a brand’s reputation and ethos through the decades is something even more special. We may be getting a glimpse of the next Cadillac to do just that in the Escala, and there’s no better way to celebrate Car Week than that.

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Cadillac frontman Johan de Nysschen’s hint that the CT6 sedan was just an appetizer is finally being fleshed out with some substance. That reassurance comes in the form of the new Cadillac Escala concept. The big and technology-packed luxury sedan breaks cover at Pebble Beach not only as a means to steer Cadillac design toward new horizons, but also to showcase what we can expect from a flagship sedan positioned above the groundbreaking CT6.

“First, Escala is a statement of intent for the next iteration of the Cadillac design language, and also technical concepts in development for future Cadillac models,” said de Nysschen in a statement. “Secondly, Escala builds Cadillac’s aspirational character, signaling the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.”

The same lightweight rear-wheel-drive architecture used for the CT6 underpins the Escala, although the stately show car is 6.5 inches longer, 2.7 inches wider, and features a wheelbase that’s 4.7 inches longer.  No bones about it, this is a big, elegant, forward-thinking luxury sedan.

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Significantly, the Escala also packs under its angular hood another poorly kept secret: an all-new V-8 engine. The concept uses a prototype 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 with cylinder deactivation, some version of which is long believed to be destined for the CT6 and beyond before the end of the decade.

Given what’s under the skin, Cadillac is making it very clear that the Escala is realistic preview of a future flagship luxury sedan, potentially called the CT8. But the design itself, along with the technology it cleverly incorporates, gives us our clearest view yet at exactly how Cadillac hopes to further challenge the Germans at their own game.

To start, the Escala has overhauled a few key elements of Cadillac’s front end design. The shield-shaped grille, which Cadillac says will start appearing on production models soon, abandons some of the thicker chrome outlining we’ve seen on the Cadillac CTS and CT6 in favor of a slimmer, tighter look. Flanking the new nose is a fresh approach to lighting design, incorporating organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. The L-shaped vertical foglight housings carry over from the CT6, but the headlights have been shrunk down into slim eyelid-shaped slits. They connect with the grille by way of a thick cut line that connects the front fenders with the hood. Compared to the current look on production cars it’s a lot less busy, but also somehow less unified.

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Moving backward, the Cadillac Escala sits on swanky 22-inch wheels with a dual-layered spoke design. In profile the big four-door looks especially sleek, with two simple body lines running along the side. Light plays nicely off of the surfacing above the rocker sills, accentuated with a chrome detail that matches the mirrors and greenhouse outline. On top is a long character line then moves from the hood, underneath the skinny side mirror, and below the inset door handle on the front door. It then disappears, only to continue above the hidden handle on the rear door, before continuing toward the rear at the confluence of the taillights and the Escala’s dramatic roofline and liftback rear hatch.

The look of the car blends American style with German substance, but the rear end is where the Escala is most clearly linked to previous Cadillac concept cars like the Elmiraj. It shares a similar boattail rear end, but with a considerably bulked-up look. From some angles, there are some noticeable points of overlap with the rump of the Hyundai Vision G concept.

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Inside, the view from the driver’s seat is something fresh. The whole instrument cluster is unified with the center stack in a large, sweeping design that features three curved OLED screens developed with LG. Not only do the screens look crisp and clear, but they’re inset with hand-stitched leather embossed with Cadillac script. Very snazzy. The system is managed using a rotary knob, as well as voice and gesture control capability, and the controller contains Cadillac’s “flying Goddess” symbol.

The rest of the cabin is wrapped in great-looking leather combined with finely textured fabric that Cadillac says is inspired by suiting material often used in fashion. It’s simple and elegant, while bits of technology like the rear-seat entertainment continue to sneak into play, in this case tucking in underneath the rear headrests.

We’ll see more of the Cadillac Escala concept as Monterey Car Week and Pebble Beach festivities carry on. For now though, Cadillac is making a confident and consistent push toward a global luxury presence currently untouched by any American nameplate.

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Details on the vehicle debuts set for Monterey Car Week are beginning to trickle in. We just learned about a radical new Mercedes-Maybach coupe concept, and now Cadillac is teasing a design concept that will be unveiled in Monterey later this week.

In a video posted to YouTube, Cadillac shows us the concept’s instrument screen, which vaguely reminds us of the double-wide gauge display in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The video description says the concept will feature “an array of curved OLED screens, co-developed with LG Electronics.” OLED, or Organic Light-Emitting Diode, lighting technology has been used in cutting-edge home electronics, but so far hasn’t found much use in the automotive sphere. The 2014 Audi Prologue concept featured OLED screens, and both Audi and BMW have experimented with OLED taillights. Cadillac says the technology is being developed for a future production vehicle.

The screen in the Cadillac design concept sticks out from the dash and is nearly free-standing. The back of the screen is bound in leather with decorative stitching and features Cadillac lettering. Meanwhile, the dash appears to be wrapped in wood trim.

Cadillac will reveal the new concept live on its Facebook page on Thursday, August 18 at 10:45 p.m. EST/7:45 p.m. PST. As for what model it might preview, Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen has said in the past that there’s room at the top of the lineup for a flagship sedan, possibly named CT8.

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GM: Super Cruise Semi-Autonomous System Won’t Launch Until it’s Ready http://www.automobilemag.com/news/gm-super-cruise-semi-autonomous-system-wont-launch-until-its-ready/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/gm-super-cruise-semi-autonomous-system-wont-launch-until-its-ready/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:16:04 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970919 General Motors was previously bullish about introducing semi-autonomous driving features, readying its Super Cruise system to launch with the CT6 this fall. GM pushed the technology’s introduction back to 2017, and now the automaker is apparently re-evaluating its self-driving plan. At a cybersecurity conference in Detroit on Friday, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said...

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General Motors was previously bullish about introducing semi-autonomous driving features, readying its Super Cruise system to launch with the CT6 this fall. GM pushed the technology’s introduction back to 2017, and now the automaker is apparently re-evaluating its self-driving plan. At a cybersecurity conference in Detroit on Friday, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said that the company is taking another “look at what technology is in the best interest of consumers.”

The comments come on the heels of the fatal Tesla Model S crash involving Autopilot that occurred in May. Super Cruise is said to be similar to Autopilot, which could be why GM is taking its time with the launch. According to The Detroit Bureau, Barra told reporters in Detroit regarding Super Cruise, “We aren’t putting a specific date on it.” However, Cadillac spokesman Donny Nordlicht told us in an email, “Right now, the plan continues to be that we will introduce [Super Cruise] in the Cadillac CT6 in calendar year 2017.”

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“We want to make sure it is safe for our customers to use and we’ll launch it when we’re confident in the technology,” Nordlicht said. “Our engineers have been testing and validating the technology for the past several years to make sure all of our systems are focused on providing the customer among the most intuitive and safe solutions. We’re not driven by a deadline, we’re driven to make the system customer-friendly and safe so the exact month of introduction cannot be announced at this time.”

Super Cruise may have a leg up on Tesla’s current Autopilot system when it launches. The system uses forward-facing cameras and radar just like Autopilot, but it also relies on a high-definition map that’s more detailed than those used in today’s cars. Super Cruise also has a retina detection system that knows when a driver isn’t paying attention, and will shut off if it sees the driver is not ready to take control.

Though the May 7 fatal crash has certainly affected Tesla, NHTSA director Mark Rosekind doesn’t believe the incident should affect autonomous car development as a whole.

“If we wait for perfect, we’ll be waiting for a very, very long time,” Rosekind said at a recent conference. “How many lives might we be losing while we wait?”

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Cadillac Adds Carbon Black Sport Package to 2017 ATS and CTS lineup http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillac-adds-carbon-black-sport-package-2017-ats-cts-lineup/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillac-adds-carbon-black-sport-package-2017-ats-cts-lineup/#respond Tue, 05 Jul 2016 17:03:36 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=963643 Cadillac has announced the Carbon Black sport package for the 2017 ATS and CTS lineup, which add a host of blacked-out cosmetic updates inside and out. Opting for the package, however, limits your exterior color choices to four on the standard ATS, five on the ATS-V, and four on the entire CTS range including the...

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Cadillac has announced the Carbon Black sport package for the 2017 ATS and CTS lineup, which add a host of blacked-out cosmetic updates inside and out. Opting for the package, however, limits your exterior color choices to four on the standard ATS, five on the ATS-V, and four on the entire CTS range including the high-performance CTS-V. Interior color choices for both ATS and CTS are Jet Black and Light Platinum if you want the Carbon Black sport package.

For the 2017 ATS and ATS-V, the Carbon Black sport package adds a black chrome grille, black-finished side window moldings, body-colored door handles, After Midnight dark finish wheels, V-Series spoiler and low-gloss carbon fiber interior trim. The most noteworthy feature is the Recaro V-Series front seats, which come as part of the package in the ATS and ATS-V.

In the 2017 CTS, the Carbon Black sport package adds a black chrome grille, After Midnight dark finish wheels, the V-Series spoiler, low-gloss carbon fiber interior trim and upgraded performance front seats. The Recaro V-Series front seats are an optional extra on the CTS and CTS-V.

Exclusive to the ATS-V and CTS-V is the Carbon Fiber package adds a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent trim, rear diffuser, and a taller rear spoiler with exposed carbon fiber in the CTS-V or body-colored in the ATS-V. The Carbon Fiber package in the ATS-V also gets composite rocker extension panels, which isn’t added on the CTS-V.

The new appearance package will be available when the 2017 Cadillac ATS and CTS go on sale later this summer, but dealers are taking orderes now.

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2017 Cadillac ATS, CTS Get New Multimedia Tech, Revised Trim Levels http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-cadillac-ats-cts-get-new-multimedia-tech-revised-trim-levels/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-cadillac-ats-cts-get-new-multimedia-tech-revised-trim-levels/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:59:43 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=962141 Cadillac announced changes to the ATS and CTS lineup and trim levels for 2017. The 2017 ATS is now available in Luxury, Premium Luxury and Premium Performance grades, while the 2017 CTS comes in Luxury, Premium Luxury, V-Sport, and V-Sport Premium trims. Cadillac’s CUE multimedia interface has finally received a much needed update in the form...

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Cadillac announced changes to the ATS and CTS lineup and trim levels for 2017. The 2017 ATS is now available in Luxury, Premium Luxury and Premium Performance grades, while the 2017 CTS comes in Luxury, Premium Luxury, V-Sport, and V-Sport Premium trims.

Cadillac’s CUE multimedia interface has finally received a much needed update in the form of Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration, allowing you to use your mobile phone’s own interface instead of CUE, which can be a bit frustrating to use with its touch-sensitive controls.

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Additional updates to CUE include the myCadillac mobile app and the Teen Driver feature. This first appeared on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu so that nervous parents could keep an eye on their marauding teenage driver. The 2017 Cadillac CTS also gets a new grille design and a revised rear fascia with exhaust tips positioned vertically. A rear camera mirror, like the one found in the XT5 SUV, has also been added to the CTS for 2017.

The anemic 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder has been discontinued on the ATS, making the 272-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four the new entry-level engine choice. All ATS variants also come standard with 4G LTE connectivity for 2017. Cadillac also says in the press release that both the CTS and ATS gain two new alloy wheel designs and an unrevealed Carbon Black package, which looks like a group of cosmetic upgrades that add black trim pieces through the car inside and out. The package should also be available on the high-performance ATS-V and CTS-V.

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Cadillac Is Serving Up Fancy Coffee, Concerts, Fashion at NYC Brand Showroom http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillac-serve-up-fancy-coffee-concerts-fashion-at-nyc-brand-showroom/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cadillac-serve-up-fancy-coffee-concerts-fashion-at-nyc-brand-showroom/#respond Mon, 23 May 2016 20:05:25 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=946311 Cadillac will open a new permanent showroom and brand cultural space on the ground level of its New York City headquarters. In addition to a permanent vehicle display, the new 12,000-sq-ft Cadillac House will feature rotating exhibits and events highlighting the lifestyle the brand hopes to convey. The new Cadillac House will be used for...

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Cadillac will open a new permanent showroom and brand cultural space on the ground level of its New York City headquarters. In addition to a permanent vehicle display, the new 12,000-sq-ft Cadillac House will feature rotating exhibits and events highlighting the lifestyle the brand hopes to convey.

The new Cadillac House will be used for a variety of things, including interactive art displays and pop-up fashion retail spaces. The showroom can also host events like concerts and parties. Initial collaborations will include the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Visionaire, and New York-based brand Joe Coffee.

“Cadillac has built its nearly 114-year history by being at the forefront of automotive design, technology and style,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer, in a release. “With Cadillac House, we have an exciting opportunity to bring to life the brand’s unique passion and perspective for beyond the automotive space.”

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Cadillac House will be home to CFDA’s Retail Lab – a collaboration between the two brands. The Retail Lab will help up-and-coming fashion industry designers gain retail experience to help their businesses grow. Timo Weiland will be the first designer to benefit from Retail Lab.

“The CFDA is excited to extend its partnership with Cadillac through Retail Lab and to be part in the launch of Cadillac House,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “By merging fashion, art, design and automotive, Cadillac House will be a new, dynamic destination in Hudson Square.”

Visionaire, an art and culture magazine, will bring new interactive art galleries to Cadillac House. The magazine will showcase a new gallery every quarter.

“We are excited to partner with Cadillac. We feel that both Cadillac and Visionaire strive for history-making design and we both push the boundaries of what is possible” said James Kaliardos of Visionaire.  Co-founder Cecilia Dean adds, “The opportunity to have a space within Cadillac House is a thrilling opportunity for us to connect with a larger audience and to experiment with new mediums and technology.”

In addition to the rotating retail space and art exhibits, Cadillac House will also feature Joe Coffee, a local New York-based specialty coffee shop, offering drinks and snacks.

Cadillac House opens June 2 at the brand’s New York City headquarters.

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A Tale of Two Video Data Loggers for the Track http://www.automobilemag.com/news/tale-two-video-data-loggers-track/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/tale-two-video-data-loggers-track/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 19:50:58 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=936414 Racing teams have long used data logging and in-car video to gather invaluable information for drivers and their crews. So it’s no surprise the concept has trickled down to club-racing and track-day enthusiasts. With the popularity of social media and online video sites like YouTube, interest in documenting track-day outings continues to grow. Just look...

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Racing teams have long used data logging and in-car video to gather invaluable information for drivers and their crews. So it’s no surprise the concept has trickled down to club-racing and track-day enthusiasts. With the popularity of social media and online video sites like YouTube, interest in documenting track-day outings continues to grow. Just look at how many GoPro ads circulate on television and the Internet.

Now automakers want in on the action—and the profits. GM offers a Performance Data Recorder on certain Chevrolet and Cadillac performance models. Porsche’s Track Precision App is available on certain 911 and Cayman models. I tried both to learn which is a better fit for the casual track-day enthusiast looking to document and share his or her circuit circulating experiences. Here is what I discovered:

GM Performance Data Recorder

Price: $1,795 on Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Z06 and Camaro 1LE; $1,300 on Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V

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The key advantage of GM’s Performance Data Recorder (PDR) is full integration. A high-definition camera lives near the rearview mirror and an in-vehicle microphone captures audio. The driver can watch recorded video (and listen to audio) through the car’s touchscreen infotainment system or on a computer. Recordings transfer to an SD card, which can be plugged into a computer for easy viewing or saved onto a hard drive or to cloud-based storage.

PDR comes with both a Track Mode and a Touring Mode, the latter for spirited drives on public roads. Track Mode allows users to set a start/finish line so the system logs lap times as well as speed, rpm, and g-forces. The Performance Mode records acceleration times, including 0-100-0 mph runs. You can download the program, Cosworth Toolbox, to your computer for more in-depth analysis of saved track data (Cosworth and GM partnered on PDR). One nice extra feature is Valet Mode, which records how a parking attendant handles your car as you enjoy a meal at a fancy restaurant. Handy for preventing—well, at least documenting—Ferris Bueller-like adventures.

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I played around with PDR in a Cadillac ATS-V at Circuit of the Americas. Event organizers set the start/finish line into the system before I arrived, but it’s a simple process of positioning the car at the correct spot on the track and tapping a button on the touchscreen. The integrated GPS antenna triggers the lap timer each time you pass that logged spot. Using the system was as simple as plugging an SD card into the slot in the Cadillac’s glovebox and touching the start button on the touchscreen. When my laps were done, I simply hit the stop button and removed the card. I plugged the SD card into my computer and watched a video with a data overlay showing lap times, RPM, track map, speed, g-forces, and more. It’s a very impressive system, clearly developed by a group of engineers who know what owners need and want. Impressive. Well done, GM.

Porsche Track Precision App

Price: $1,850 for 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS, and Cayman GT4; $1,920 for 911 R. Standard on Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Porsche’s Track Precision App lacks integration. Its only real function is to communicate car data to a smartphone via Wi-Fi. Users must purchase a windshield mount for their smartphones, download the free app, and, ideally, keep their smartphones plugged into the USB or 12-volt plug, or risk a dead battery. The Porsche Track Precision App comes with no directions or a dedicated owner’s manual. The only way to learn how to connect your smartphone to the system through Wi-Fi is to read the instructions noted in the app. Then there’s the issue of buying a suitable windshield mount that secures your phone and gives the camera a clear view of the track, and position the phone in a place where you can still reach it without blocking your view of the track. Not easy.

Porsche Track Precision App

I first tried the Track Precision App on a 911 GT3 RS and a Cayman GT4 at Grattan Raceway near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grattan isn’t among the selection of tracks preloaded into the app, but the system was able to plot the layout after I lapped the circuit and marked the start/finish line. After the first hot session, I reviewed the footage and found the windshield mount was shaking far too much for a clear picture. For the second session, I forgot to put my phone into airplane mode (make sure to manually turn Wi-Fi back on) and an incoming phone call disrupted the recording. Run three finally allowed some decent footage, but the windshield mount was still compromising the quality. Once I got home, I used iTunes to extract the video from my iPhone to my computer but the data overlay—rpm, speed, lap times, etc.—didn’t stay with the video. If you want to see the complete video with data, you need to view the recording on your iPhone. So, the first round with Porsche Track Precision App was rather unimpressive.

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I did more research before my next track day, which was in a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car (full story coming soon). I read other complaints online about Porsche’s system but I persevered, determined to get the app to work correctly.

I bought a windshield mount that had good reviews on Amazon and used a dedicated iPod Touch instead of my iPhone, so I didn’t have to worry about incoming calls. Unfortunately, the new windshield mount kept bumping the side buttons on the iPod. Once I got that sorted with a modified iPod case, the GPS on the iPod wasn’t talking with the Porsche app. That’s when I figured out that the iPod Touch doesn’t have GPS. So, I switched back to my iPhone, which didn’t have enough storage space remaining. Deleting a load of photos fixed that, and I finally got some footage and data during a warm-up session before running into further storage space issues. Once I got home, I used a trick I found on the internet and used QuickTime on my Mac to take a screen recording of my iPhone as I played the video. This allowed me to extract the video with the data overlay onto my computer. Well, at least until another phone call interrupted that process. Frustrating.

GM vs. Porsche

Porsche has a lot of catching up to do in regards to OEM video and track data systems. GM deserves kudos for developing a fully integrated system that is simple to use and has a load of features. Certain aspects of Porsche’s Track Precision App are impressive, such as its ghost car feature, the ability to log multiple drivers, and an optional motorsports-like lap trigger, but the German company needs to incorporate it into the main touchscreen and fit an integral camera and SD card slot. Porsche’s brilliant, track-friendly cars deserve better.

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Rumors: Cadillac Planning $300K Sedan and SUV, Cancelling CT8? http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rumors-cadillac-planning-300k-sedan-and-suv-cancelling-ct8/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rumors-cadillac-planning-300k-sedan-and-suv-cancelling-ct8/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:00:07 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=918705 Cadillac is the latest subject of the auto-industry rumor mill, with sources saying the company will go all-in on ultra-luxury models, while also canceling a planned luxury sedan. According to GM Inside News, Cadillac has plans for a hyper-luxury sedan and SUV in the $250,000-$300,000 range. The report pegs the primo SUV as sitting above the forthcoming...

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Cadillac is the latest subject of the auto-industry rumor mill, with sources saying the company will go all-in on ultra-luxury models, while also canceling a planned luxury sedan.

According to GM Inside News, Cadillac has plans for a hyper-luxury sedan and SUV in the $250,000-$300,000 range. The report pegs the primo SUV as sitting above the forthcoming Cadillac XT8 Escalade replacement, trading blows with the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and Aston Martin DBX. GM Inside News reports the SUV will likely wear the XT9 badge, and will be priced around $250,000. According to Inside News, the XT8 isnt due until 2020, with the mysterious XT9 arriving sometime around 2027.

The hyper-luxe sedan will apparently follow the same formula, with a halo model sitting above the upcoming CT8, Cadillac’s planned Mercedes-Benz S-Class competitor. The halo sedan will reportedly arrive with world-class luxury in 2029, likely powered by a hybrid or all-electric drivetrain.

Aside from the fact that there are no firm facts to back up this report, it would be a huge stretch for Cadillac to leapfrog, say, the $100,000-$160,000 car range to go straight to competing with Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Based on its most recent cars, including the XT5 and CT6, it seems Cadillac is more interested in competing with the Japanese and German luxury mainstays that entering the hyper-competitive but low-volume ultra-lux segment.

In a seemingly contradictory move, other reports suggest the Cadillac CT8, the brand’s planned S-Class competitor, has been mothballed. In a tweet, Autoline claims the market shift to crossover and SUVS played a role in the reported cancellation. While the market has shifted, it seems unlikely that Cadillac would cancel the CT8 project so close to the projected release, especially with Cadillac’s plans to release 11 new models by 2020.

A Cadillac spokesperson declined to comment on the report, telling AUTOMOBILE that, “CT6 is at the moment top of the range but not the limit of our dreams. We are still on track to introduce 11 new vehicles by 2020. We’re just not ready yet to talk about what they will be.”

Stay tuned to see whether either of these rumors proves true.

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