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Cadillac CT Coupe news — Caddy’s curveball - 2008
It’s always nice to be
surprised. We usually have a pretty good tab on everything that’s going to be
unveiled in Detroit, but the Cadillac CT Coupe Concept completely blindsided
us. In a good way.
The CT Coupe is a two-door
interpretation of Cadillac’s new CTS saloon - the hot ‘V’ version of
which is also being shown for the first time in Detroit - and has caused one of
the biggest ripples at the show.
Once the Caddy design team
had finished the saloon, it drew up the coupe concept for fun. “We did not
create it as the result of sifting through reams of market data,” said GM
designer Ed Welburn. “The final design’s proportions were judged by the
eyes of the design team, not computer-generated maths data.”
Just the sort of concept
we like, in other words - and it’s a handsome beast. The coupe sits on the same
wheelbase as the saloon, but its roofline is some 10cm lower, with a more
steeply raked windscreen and a fastback rear end.
Even with those skinny
mirrors and hidden door handles, it doesn’t look too far from production. The
drivetrain is more than feasible, too - the same 3.6-litre V6 as the CTS
saloon, with room for GM’s soon-to-arrive 2.9-litre turbodiesel if you fancy
something a little more sensible. No word on whether the CT coupe could take
the 6.2-litre V8 from the CTS-V, which we’re taking as an unqualified yes.
In fact, the only bit we’d
insist on removing before production is that awful yellow interior. We’re all
for letting designers roam free, but you’ve got to draw the line somewhere.