GM Keeps A Secret — CT Coupe Concept

January 14, 2008

GM is on a roll. The Provoq fuel-cell looks good. We hope it's the next SRX, and it can't come soon enough. The CTS-V we were all expecting debuted on schedule, and Bob Lutz deferentially claimed that by GM's numbers, the CTS-V may be the world's fastest sedan. Let the testing begin.

But GM did something exceptionally rare these days, they actually surprised the media (and most likely you) by introducing a concept that we (the media) didn't think was going to be shown. It's the CT Coupe Concept. Looking nearly ready for production, the coupe was slathered in the glossy silver favored by designers because it shows the car's lines so purely. Just as angular and vertical as the CTS sedan, the Coupe Concept's just ironed look comes off looking as it should. Like the Provoq, the tall taillamps hint at vestigial tail fins. Wheel diameters are staggered, helping the car's stance; 20s are up front with 21s in back.

The smooth sides are missing conventional exterior door handles, as the Coupe borrows the idea of hidden door handles from the Cadillac XLR. The concept's exceptionally clean look is aided by minimally sized rearview mirrors. A small rear spoiler is cleverly integrated into the rear-center stop light, much as it is on the CTS-V.

The concept is fitted with the 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 found in the CTS sedan, but GM's 2.9-liter turbo-diesel V-6 that the Cadillac (showed at the last Geneva Motor Show) also fits. A six-speed manual completes the powertrain, but one would expect the availability of an automatic because hardly anybody drives true sticks anymore. Pity.

The Coupe could become part of the expanded CTS family that is said to also include a traditional wagon.

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