The 2014 (and 2015) Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a remarkable piece of automotive machinery – offering more performance than any “base” Corvette in the 50+ year history of the fabled sports car. The C7 Stingray is hard not to love and that has brought about a problem…the company cannot build the cars in certain forms fast enough to meet the demand. This has caused a lengthy wait for the fully loaded Stingray coupes with the Z51 package and with the 2015 Z06 still some time off, those folks looking for a high performance GM coupe could be waiting quite a while to take delivery. Worst of all, this trend isn’t likely to change as the demand for the new Corvette hasn’t waned much since the new Stingray was introduced last year.
Fortunately, GM has a solution for those folks who want a high performance GM coupe without waiting for a new Corvette…the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. Powered by a supercharged LTA V8 with 556 horsepower and 551lb-ft of torque, this high end luxury performance coupe offers better performance than the C7 Stingray with a very comparable price so those GM fans who want a really fast coupe and who are not hung up on getting a new Corvette could find the 2015 CTS-V Coupe a very viable solution.
"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 Cadillac Global Marketing Chief Uwe Ellinghaus. "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.”
The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe also offers vastly more exclusivity than the new C7 Corvette Stingray as, with 2015 being the final model year for the “old” CTS-V Coupe, just 500 units will be produced. The CTS-V Coupe is still based on the design of the CTS sedan that came to an end after the 2013 model year. The 2014 CTS brings about an all-new design for the sedan while the wagon was discontinued and the coupe will continue through the 2015 model year. The new CTS sedan is bigger than the previous models on which the CTS Coupe is based and with the introduction of the new ATS Coupe and the ELR electric coupe, it is very unlikely that there will be a new CTS Coupe based on the newest CTS sedan.
The limited edition 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe will be limited to just 500 units and in addition to all of the standard features of the previous CTS-V Coupes, the 2015 models will feature a unique Ebony interior with red stitching, Recaro performance seats, steel pedals, unique wood interior trim, a suede wrapped steering wheel, a suede wrapped shifter, a dark V grille, satin graphite wheels and bright red brake calipers.
Pricing has not been announced for the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, but we can expect that the pricing will be towards the upper end of the pricing range from the 2014 CTS-V Coupe. This means that the limited 2015 model will cost somewhere in the area of $70,000 – similar to the price of a fully loaded 2015 or 2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe. The 2015 CTS-V Coupe will go on sale late in 2014 and full pricing will be announced closer to the launch of the vehicles in showrooms around the country.
While the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe doesn’t offer the same feel as the Corvette Stingray, those looking for more power than the Stingray (yet less than the Z06) and perhaps a touch more seating space might just find the limited edition 2015 CTS-V Coupe a great option over the new Corvette.