2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe – Evolution of a Modern Eldorado

 

The Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept is unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show Monday, January 14, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (

The Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept is unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show Monday, January 14, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (

Since 2003, the Cadillac CTS coupe has been consistently successful, becoming a game changer for Cadillac and a franchise player. For 2010 Cadillac plans to bring out a coupe version of the CTS. The current CTS is a sedan, or 4-door sports/luxury car. The new CTS Coupe will be a 2-door version. Cadillac also makes the luxury roadster XLR, but it is also a 2-seat vehicle. The CTS Coupe will be a 2-door 4-seat model, perfect for those of us who need the convenience of having 4 seats available for occasional need. The last full size coupe Cadillac offered was the 2003 Cadillac Eldorado.

Cadillac CTS Coupe Interior

Cadillac CTS Coupe Interior

Here was the first sketches of what was planned for the 2010 CTS Coupe:

 

Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept Sketch

Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept Sketch

2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept sketch

2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept sketch

The low roofline got moved up a bit, and some of the angles got smoothed out.  But the purpose of design sketches is to be TOO much, so that they leave the impression of the innovations in the sketch.

 

Where did we come from?

In 1953 the Series 62 was the mainstay of the Cadillac line.  Cadillac introduced a new, limited edition luxury convertible at the top of the line — the Eldorado Special.  532 examples were sold in 1953 at a cost of $7,750 at a time when the starting price for a 2-door Series 62 Coupe was $3,571.  The Eldorado was the Cadillac of the Cadillac line.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

By 1973 the now Fleetwood ElDorado was still a convertible, and still top of the line. The price was almost the same as 20 years earlier, at $7,681 but the Eldorado was very much a production Cadillac and not the largely hand built custom limited Eldorado of 1953.

1973 Cadillac Eldorado

1973 Cadillac Eldorado

In 2003 Cadillac made the last Cadillac Eldorado, and retired all the meaningful names for more euro-centric letter designations. The Seville became the STS, the Deville the DTS, and the new C-class Touring Sedan became the CTS.

2002 Cadillac Eldorado

2002 Cadillac Eldorado

Which brings us back to the new 2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe. Many former Eldorado owners who enjoy 2-door full size Cadillacs are looking forward eagerly to this new car. It has also been well received in the press.

Cadillac Exterior Design Director John Manoogian (left) and Cadillac Interior Design Director Eric Clough display the Eyes On Design Best Concept Car award for the Cadillac CTS Coupe concept at the 2008 North American International Auto Show Tuesday, January 15, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

Cadillac Exterior Design Director John Manoogian (left) and Cadillac Interior Design Director Eric Clough display the Eyes On Design Best Concept Car award for the Cadillac CTS Coupe concept at the 2008 North American International Auto Show Tuesday, January 15, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

Cadillac has also rumored that it would be a natural and easy edition to release a V-Series variant of the new CTS Coupe. The means that it may be available with a 556 hp Supercharged 6.2L LSA engine, enhanced performance suspension, and performance brake package as well.

2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept

2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept

2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe drive-by

2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe drive-by

For up to date spy photos on the new CTS couple please check Left Lane News.

3 thoughts on “2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe – Evolution of a Modern Eldorado

  1. This is a slap in the face to loyal especially Eldo drivers…

    Cadillacs sales have been dwindling and their group is like a brothel the way ppl are shifted around and kicked out!

    This is NO damn ElDorado, just another new smart car

    Cadillacs are meant to be big & plush—mean & innovative!

    These Lego blocks on wheels will never be graced with the “grandaddy Caddy” title

    Scrap this is a fail!

  2. If you have not test driven a Cadillac lately, now would be a good time to get to know the current models. I have been in the new CTS Coupe and I can assure you it is not a ‘smart car’. It will be a very good seller for Cadillac.

  3. This does not resemble an Eldorado of the past other than it being a 2-door. It looks more like a Chrysler Crossfire, especially in the back end. I must admit looking at it head on it does look cool, but I used to have an early 80’s Eldorado (with lots of interior room-even in the back seat). I guess I just like the 1981-87 styles, and the exterior and power of the 1992-2002 models. The 80’s style didn’t really have the power, like the 92-02 did, but it sure was a comfortable ride.

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