Don't agree with this. In fact I think more companies should do it.
Of course I speak from experience and you do not.
Why because I don't own a M5 ? I work at an automall with Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, BMW and Mini. I've sampled most every model save for an Alpina B7, 760Li, M6 Gran Coupe, X6 M, our LFA we just sold and the latest M6 coupe/vert. I'm more than proficient regarding these makes and can just as well speak from experience in regards to my seat time and observations of everything I've driven including the M5
It looks pretty nice. Its little bits of details make the car look better than GS. I mean I don't get why Toyota keep using the square cut hood line for cars from 15K to 50K. Infiniti has nice cut hood line on G37/Q50. Caddilac and Acura as well. Heck their LS also has a nice designed hood line cut, I don't know why they keep using ugly square hood line like BMW.
New CTS is a leap above the out going model, that's for sure. New V6 TT will much satisfy stop light racers.
I think they hit a homerun with this CTS. In person the car definitely has presence. Size-wise it fits perfectly in between the ATS and the XTS. The lights borrow from the ciel and it looks unique and beautiful. Disclose pricing and this should do well for the general.
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This is a beautiful car. It has the "GS syndrome" with all the styling being up front, but overall it looks elegant. I hated the chopped rear on the last CTS. The redesign makes it look like a complete luxury car that can competently compete with the 5 Series, E Class and GS. I also like the brown interior with the matte wood and the availability of Alcantara. They are definitiely going after Audi with this.
If the twin turbo V6 drives as good as it sounds on paper I may be tempted to part with my GS F Sport. The other deciding factor would be the ease (or not) of using the much-maligned CUE system.
I must be missing something b/c outside of the lovely front end (which the CTS has always been good at) I think its okay. Wasn't blown away by the ATS or XTS either. I keep seeing E-class. What I think is positive is Cadillac has really created their own styling language and its easy to see in every vehicle and they look pretty damn good across the board. Their interiors have improved and their driving has improved. If you look at numbers though its still the older generation buying them so they might be aimed at sportier/youth but traditional buyers are buying them.
It will be interesting to see the CTS coupe grow up.
Apparently, the new CTS has gotten narrower and rear leg room has decreased from the previous generation despite the car becoming bigger in external dimensions. The rear leg room is less than the new GS! This might be a result of the new CTS being based off a stretched ATS platform. The ATS is already a very compact chassis.
That might be a deal breaker for me (if the CTS ever came to my part of the world) since the GS already has limited but passable rear passenger space.
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I think the VSport looks really promising. People are tuning the CTS-V and if that continues with the new model...with a turbo'd car there are going to be some big gains to be had. It's going to be cool to see how that plays out.