By on August 22, 2017

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition - Image: CadillacThe production run for the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition, set to take place in 2017 on behalf of the 2018 model year, will be limited to a scant 115 units to celebrate Cadillac’s 115th anniversary.

Sounding like the proper name for a glitzy Jeep Grand Cherokee, the CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition operates with the same 640-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 of less costly CTS-Vs, but Cadillac demands $15,895 for the privilege.

That brings the CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition’s price up to $103,885 including destination, a lofty sum for a performance-oriented Cadillac.

Yet the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V GME — you can’t expect us to type Glacier Metallic Edition every time, not when Cadillac alternatively calls it “smoky light gray” — is more than just an anniversary paint job. The CTS-V GME still undercuts the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and Audi RS7 and is slathered with typically optional equipment. 

In fact, if you add all of the 115th anniversary edition CTS-V’s standard equipment (special paint aside) to a regular 2017 Cadillac CTS-V, you end up with a $103,160 sticker — only $725 less than the anniversary edition car. That’s roughly the dollar difference of a premium coat of paint.

Ah, so the MSRP isn’t that frightening. Not when you consider standard fitment of the carbon fiber front splitter, hood vent, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser. Plus the luxury package’s tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats, and rear camera mirror. And the inclusion of $2,300 Recaro seats, a $1,600 performance data and video recorder, and the $1,450 panoramic sunroof. Also: the $595 Brembo brake calipers.

Expensive cars are expensive. Expensive cars with extra options, included on the CTS-V GME as standard equipment, are more expensive.

Yet the CTS-V remains a performance bargain by the standards of its classmates.

It also continues to look like designers who wanted to work on the TVR T350T and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG GLA43 Edition 1 boarded Cadillac’s design ship, committed successful acts of mutiny, and turned the CTS into GM’s luxury sedan version of the Honda Civic Type R.

On the whole, U.S. sales of the Cadillac CTS are tanking. Through 2017’s first seven months, CTS volume is down 37 percent to only 5,845 units, placing the CTS on track for its lowest-volume year in history. By a wide margin.

[Image: General Motors]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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38 Comments on “2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition Celebrates Cadillac’s 115th, Commands a $15,895 Premium...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    At trade in it will be worth exactly 0% more than a standard CTS-V.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Only way this is getting near a glacier is if it gets shipped through the Arctic. I will take a regular one please.

  • avatar
    whynot

    Nice color though.

  • avatar
    Serpens

    You meant AMG GLA45, not GLA43.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “U.S. sales of the Cadillac CTS are tanking”

    Then the GME version is just in time to make a real dent.

  • avatar
    raph

    I’ll save 40k and suffer through the ZL1-1LE’s lack of amenities. The 30k saved will go a long way toward fixing the ZL1-1LE’s few short comings and cover a lot of track days.

  • avatar
    Big Wheel

    Where’s Deadweight? Down at the Caddy dealer placing his order?

  • avatar
    q532

    This is the issue I have with GM, they churn out so many “special edition” vehicles without addressing the faults of the vehicle that the special edition is based on. GM has a quality issue that they never seem to address. Cadillac needs a revamp. Instead of spending tons of money on a stupid New York centric ad campaign, they need to go back to the drawing board and figure out a strategy. The Ciel, El Miraj and Escala are just sitting there waiting to be built.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    Not sure this commemorative edition is really called for. 100th birthday, OK, 125th….maybe. 115th, not really.

    It is an interesting hue, but not something I would want long term unless it was a $15K discount. To be honest, not sure I would even take that discount. If I am paying $100k already, Im probably getting the color I really want.

  • avatar
    BrentinWA

    oooooo…. another shade of grey. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • avatar
    2012JKU

    This thing will be on a used car lot for $40k in 3 years. You would have to be money bags with questionable taste or out of your mind to pay over $100k for a Cadillac.

  • avatar
    bd2

    The ATS and CTS were flawed from the start on the basis of limited interior room (due to the Alpha platform), but say what you will about the CTS – at least Cadillac sells out of its annual allotment of the CTS-V.

    Can’t say that about the GS-F, and the CTS has been outselling the GS (YTD – 5,845 to 4,205).

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      “.. say what you will about the CTS – at least Cadillac sells out of its annual allotment of the CTS-V.”

      What a moronic statement, just the latest from you, many and frequent.

      All automakers SELL OUT THEIR ALLOTMENTS.

      It’s just a question of whether Cadillac will have to have another 35%+ off fire sale as they do so frequently to clear the dealer lots of even slow selling, small production # vehicles.

      The CTS has sunk so fast and far in sales, as has the ATS, that it’s almost unprecedented from any division of any automaker as large as General Motors.

      And it will get worse.

      Cadillac is literally existing based on the XT5 (5, not S) and the Escalade, and it probably isn’t profitable, and may be losing a lot of money, selling fewer vehicles than BMW or Audi, while having nearly 4x the number of dealerships as BMW or Audi.

      You’re delusional and Cadillac is a failed division. Full stop.

      Johan, Uwe & Melody and the SoHo Crew (the gang that is so incompetent that it boggles the mind, even by General Motors gruesomley low standards) should have been shown the door many, many months ago, but Mary “No More Crappy Cars” Barra (another braniac) apparently has no worries (she is going to have many worries at the slightest hint of the next significant downturn, as GM gets hammered harder than more competitive competitors).

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        “You’re delusional and Cadillac is a failed division. Full stop.”

        You know I agree, but contemplate this: despite losses could the division be propped up because the cost of folding it and/or the marque’s 115 year value is high enough to help it “weather the storm” in hopes of calmer seas in the future?

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          By the time Cadillac has a genuine, full lineup of CUVs, it will have been 4 to 6 years later than the major competition.

          4 to 6 years.

          This major f-up on a colossal scale given the clear consumer automotive lurchasing trends of the last 8 years is beyond belief.

          It’s unreal.

          I haven’t even mentioned the abysmal quality, wrong-sized and wrong-priced sedans, abhorrent dealerships, massive depreciation, idiotic marketing (truly idiotic), etc., etc.

          It’s unbelievable.

          Cadillac’s luxury vehicle credentials now rest singularly on a gussied-up Chevy Tahoe/Suburban, which only sells in significant volume in on country (the U.S.).

          Cadillac has been been negligently homicided.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “gussied-up Chevy Tahoe/Suburban, which only sells in significant volume in on country (the U.S.).”

            USA! USA! USA!

            “Cadillac has been been negligently homicided.”

            I think it died around 2000. Northstar ensured many buyers would not only not return, but never even buy due to word of mouth, and the regular WWII/Silent generation buy and trade was dying off. Their solution? Catera. Rest is history.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            I agree that they were on a bad earlier trajectory, even as far back as the late 80s, when Lexus was crushing it and hurting even Mercedes, but the thing with Cadillac is that just like with GM’s other bloated, incompetently run, horrid divisions, Cadillac was given a clean-slate, fresh start, shed of legacy costs, even, in the dunk & rinse, pre-cleared bankruptcy and taxpayer-funded revival.

            Cadillac had capital, a clean slate, production capacity, designers, a supplier base, etc., as in it was not a startup, but still had some brand equity and a loyalist base even in 2010.

            Look at what they did with their second shot, which almost no such companies get; look at how they have fared thus far compared to 2000, let alone 2007 or 2010.

            They killed the ELR, have seen ATS and CTS sales in continuous death-spiral terminal free-fall year after year, the CT6 is an overpriced 4 banger entry-level hot mess that will have its own free-fall, fleet sale the XTS (it is actually a volume success for them because it’s their largest and cushiest sedan), and barely survive on the XT5 and Escalade.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I think Alpha will do the marque in, should have made it a Buick or sold it as Pontiac by Buick or some such (or ate the loss and dropped all development on it once the bankruptcy hit in late 2008). Sigma could have continued for another generation until something was ready. People sort of liked that platform.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Alpha chassis/envelope should have been a Pontiac and/or Chevy platform, of the sporting and more brash variety, not that of a premium vehicle (with promotion daring to claim it as luxury).

            The CTS chassis would have also worked better better in a performance premium Pontiac or even Buick application.

            The ATS is too small and harsh to be a Cadillac, and the 3rd gen CTS, even if one argues for it being a competitive luxury sedan (I do not, especially after driving a four year old, low mile, CPO MB E350 for the last 9 months) is dramatically overpriced and underbaked in terms of refinement, materials, assange,y quality, etc.

            The sales numbers of each strongly support my impeachment of the merits (demerits) of both the ATS and CTS.

            The CT6 is underbaked by a wide measure as a “luxury vehicke,” also, and being a GM product, is priced way too high. It’s tonights #FailGreatly as the ATS and CTS have.

          • 0 avatar
            doug-g

            At the end of the day, you really don’t matter.

            http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/GLOBAL03/305019960/chinese-buy-into-cadillac

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Americans matter a lot, and have been abandoning Cadillac in droves at high-ljghtspeed.

            Wanker GM fanboys like you always have the “because China” lame-a$$ excuse for the disaster that Crapillac in 3″x5″ cue cards in your jort pockets, at the ready, to play down the Hindenburg that is Cadillac.

            “China man! It’s all about China, you’ll see!”

            Johan, Uwe & Melody are now moving the SoHo office to Shanghai.

            Good luck, long-term in China, Johan!

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            And that’s on the previous regime – which developed the Alpha platform w/o making it suitable for crossover duty.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “And that’s on the previous regime – which developed the Alpha platform w/o making it suitable for crossover duty.”

            In fairness, it would have sucked in that role too. The mission of the platform was always niche and due to its limitations it is not suited for anything but being the nuevo E46.

            Besides, they tried this RWD cross wagon thing in the Sigma SRX and it bombed.

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        “All automakers SELL OUT THEIR ALLOTMENTS.”

        NOT Lexus with the GS-F.

        GS-F sales have been disappointing for Lexus.

        And the problem with the ATS and CTS has been the Alpha platform which severely limits interior space.

        The 1G/2G CTS sold well since it offered more interior room than anything else in the compact segment (just like the Infiniti G/Q50).

        That’s why the replacement for the ATS, the CT5, is going back to the size of the 1G/2G CTS.

        The Alpha platform wouldn’t have worked as a Pontiac (kinda a moot issue) or Chevy.

        Part of the reason why the current Camaro hasn’t been selling as well as its predecessor has been its higher price due to being underpinned by the Alpha platform – which, again, also limits interior space (the rear seats in the Camaro are now pretty useless).

  • avatar

    And in other news (FB feed) Cadillac has just begun a zero percent loan/60 months, or highly subsidized leases ($299 a month !!). V models are excluded, of course.

    Still not as much fun as a Ford website, that starts you off with a payment on an 84 month time line @ 5%.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      “highly subsidized leases ($299 a month !!).”

      I hope no money down, and even then $199 is better for the four banger POS they will be putting on lease special.

      EDIT:

      2017 Cadillac ATS
      Lease Deals:
      $399 per month for 39 months with $3,929 due at signing on ATS Coupe. (Expires: 09/05/17)

      $299 per month for 39 months with $3,539 due at signing on ATS Sedan. (Expires: 09/05/17)

      https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-car-deals/cadillac-deals#bottom-deal-description

      $3539 down? Frak that noise. ZERO down Johann, eat the $3539.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “In fact, if you add all of the 115th anniversary edition CTS-V’s standard equipment (special paint aside) to a regular 2017 Cadillac CTS-V, you end up with a $103,160 sticker — only $725 less than the anniversary edition car.”

    There is a lot wrong with this.

  • avatar
    Avid Fan

    And in a year’s time its trade value is 25K. Thanks Cadillac!

  • avatar
    cdrmike

    Damn, that’s TESLA money.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    It’s a nice car, but for that kinda money I’d rather get a GS-F. I’ll forgo the HP deficit for some Lexus long term reliability.


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