Remember the Cadillac XLR? We don’t blame you if it doesn’t come to mind right away. It was Cadillac’s last real attempt at a two-seater sports car, a genre that Cadillac has rarely strayed to. Cadillac is better known for road-boats like the early 70’s El Dorado, which was technically a two-door but had room for about eight.
Yet Cadillac has definitely stepped up its performance image, thanks in large part to the efforts of cars like the Cadillac CTS-V. Along with the coupe and wagon variants, the CTS-V sedan has really given luxury performance car buyers a reason to check out Cadillac. That could be why the Detroit News reports that Cadillac is working on a new flagship sedan…but is considering a two-seater sports car as well.
The off-hand comments came from a Detroit News interview with Bob Ferguson, the recently-appointed vice president of Cadillac’s global operations. Ferguson has resolved to remake the entire Cadillac lineup by 2015, which includes a new Escalade with a unique and distinctive interior. Cadillac is also weighing the option of adding a new sedan halo car to its lineup.
But we’re more interested in the two-seat sports car Ferguson mentioned. The debate is if Cadillac really needs such a vehicle, especially after the Corvette-based Cadillac XLR basically belly-flopped into the market. However, the new C7 Corvette chassis may offer a more appealing platform to use to build a luxury supercar with a Cadillac badge.
Then again, GM is also developing a new platform for the Camaro, and who is to say the next Cadillac won’t use that platform…or maybe something totally new, perhaps drawing on the old Cadillac Cien concept for inspiration. GM certainly has the horsepower to make it happen, and we can’t see why the new Cadillac would shy away from anything.
So it is settled then; bring us the Cadillac of sports cars!