Friday, May 16, 2014

OH NOES: Say Goodbye to the Current Gen CTS-V Coupe.

The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is something of a dinosaur. There are only so many car companies that have the luxury of being able to produce something so aged. And by aged, I mean the general theory in building and designing these potent monsters is pretty much the same as it was in the late sixties and early seventies. Take a sedate coupe or sedan platform and throw in an obnoxiously powerful V8 and big, beefy brake and suspension components. In other words: 'Murica.

What with fossil fuel prices once again soaring into the stratosphere, I'm pleasantly surprised that the CTS-V has made it this far with its supercharged 6.2l V8.

Unfortunately, the current generation has become obsolete, and 2015 marks the end of this production run with a special edition limited to only 500 units. That's not to say they won't build anymore CTS-V's, but don't be surprised when they build them with twin turbo sixes. So if archaic rear-drive monsters are your thing, be sure to grab one before they all get bought up! Check out the press release from Cadillac after the break.

"The V-Series continues to elevate Cadillac, providing an exclusive family of high-performance luxury models that attract a new audience of elite and passionate buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac.

The special edition CTS-V Coupe shares the high-performance technology of its predecessors built from 2010–2014 – including Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and 556-horsepower (415kW) supercharged V-8 engine.

The CTS-V Coupe is the most dramatic model in the V-Series range of high-performance luxury models, blending a personal 2+2 layout with a drivetrain vetted on Germany’s famed Nürburgring track.

The 2015 special edition version features an exclusive Ebony interior with red contrast stitching, Recaro® performance seats, metal pedals, Midnight Sapele wood trim, microfiber suede-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dark-finish V grille, satin graphite wheels and red brake calipers.

The 500 special-edition CTS-V Coupes will be produced this summer. Full pricing information will be released closer to production. Exterior color options include Crystal White, Black Diamond ($995) and Phantom Gray. Buyers can opt for either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. A sunroof also is available ($700).

The next-generation V-Series models are in development and will premiere next year.

“The special edition is a stepping stone to the next-generation V-Series, which will move to the next level with more dynamic design and technical sophistication," Ellinghaus said."

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