First let’s take a look at the color. It’s a shade called Bronze Sand Metallic. It’s an earthy, dark brown with a yellow-green tinge to it. We suspect it probably looks more impressive in sunlight, and it’s unlike most browns we’ve ever seen. It’s sure to garner attention in any parking lot stuffed with black, silver and white luxury cars. It’s matched with sand-colored ultrasuede inserts and bronze-threaded carbon fiber trim on the interior that look sumptuous. Each also comes with carbon fiber exterior trim, red brake calipers, and the CTS-V adds the performance data recorder and Luxury Package.
The name really is strange, though. Cadillac says, “The special-edition variants are named in tribute to Cadillac V-Series’ time spent at the pinnacle of luxury high-performance.” So it seems the thinking was that these cars are up on a pedestal compared with other performance luxury cars. But even in that sentence from Cadillac, there’s a word that would be better and more recognizable for excellence: pinnacle. We can think of other great words for marking the peak or the top of performance and luxury, words such as “apex” or “climax.” Well, maybe not that one.
One of the big appeals of these cars is that there won’t be many of them. There will only be 300 built, and that’s the total between the ATS-V coupe and CTS-V sedan. The final total for each model will be determined by orders. Ordering opens up on the first week of November, with production coming at the end of that month. The cars will only be available to buyers in the U.S., Canada and the Middle East. There are significant price differences between the two cars. The ATS-V coupe starts at $77,090, while the CTS-V starts at $102,590. That puts the ATS-V at roughly $10,000 more than a base model, and the CTS-V at roughly $12,000 more than its base model.