Meet the Wedge

The CTS sedan's exterior is angular, but the new CTS coupe takes the design theme to a new level. There are creases everywhere, and while most meet and intersect to create a unique-looking coupe that's instantly recognizable as a Cadillac, they don't do the trick at the rear of the car.

One of the issues is that the coupe's trunklid is quite tall. That probably makes for enhanced trunk space, but it also creates an aesthetic problem — and a visibility one. In many cars, you can get by just fine without a backup camera, but the CTS coupe's tail is so tall that the optional camera is not just useful, it borders on necessary. The rising rear also gives the coupe a bustled shape at the back that's not the most flattering.

V-Series coupes have a number of special styling cues, like a mesh chrome grille in place of the regular coupe's eggcrate design. I like the eggcrate look a lot and wouldn't have minded if it had carried over to the CTS-V. The CTS-V's hood also has a pronounced power bulge.

It's worth mentioning that the CTS-V generated quite a bit of attention during a video shoot. A number of passers-by came over to ask about it and get a closer look. The attention was even more notable because our test car was painted a relatively anonymous color: Thunder Gray, a $995 option. People knew what the car was, and that's a testament to its design.

    See also:

    Navigation System
    If the vehicle has a navigation system, there is a separate navigation system manual that includes information on the radio, audio players, and navigation system. The navigation system provides d ...

    California Fuel Requirements
    If the vehicle is certified to meet California Emissions Standards, it is designed to operate on fuels that meet California specifications. See the underhood emission control label. If this fuel i ...

    Power Liftgate Operation
    WARNING! Exhaust gases can enter the vehicle if it is driven with the liftgate or trunk/hatch open, or with any objects that pass through the seal between the body and the trunk/hatch or ...