Back in July, we shared with you a design patent of a sleek Cadillac coupe. Shortly thereafter, in collaboration with our friends at Cadillac Society, we set out to enhance the images in the patent documents in order to get a better idea of what we were looking at. Today, we are presenting the resulting illustrations as a hypothetical Cadillac CT8 Coupe.
The more time we spent with the images, the more we realized that the model seen here is distinctly larger than a compact or a midsize coupe, which many initially believed the patent to represent. Instead, the drawings seem to depict a large two-door coupe, one that would be in the realm of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe or BMW 8 Series. And that brings us to the name: for the sake of this article and stemming conversation, let’s refer to the model seen here as the Cadillac CT8 Coupe.
As you look at these illustrations, we ask that you keep in mind that the purpose of this exercise is to get a better idea of what the two-door vehicle in the patent application could look like, rather than to convey the most real-world depiction of the model in question. Let’s dig in.
The front of our hypothetical Cadillac CT8 Coupe seems to represent an evolution of the design language introduced by the beautiful Escala Concept. It was difficult to fully comprehend the intricacies of the front end from the patent illustrations, so we took a few liberties in guessing the treatment of the headlights and lower fascia/inserts. The grille, however, seems to be straight off the Escala.
The side profile is rather intriguing, though it was also the most challenging to depict – since the treatment of the front and rear lights from this angle is anything but clear. Even so, the really long dash-to-axle ratio was instrumental in helping us reach the conclusion that we’re looking at a large Cadillac coupe, rather than a smaller two-door model.
The shape from this angle bears is reminiscent of that of the Ford Mustang due to the profile, but we don’t believe that the actual model will have that kind of semblance.
The rear features those “boomerang” taillights introduced by the Escala Concept and then implemented by the updated 2019 Cadillac CT6. The patent illustrations also hid four exhaust outlets in the middle of the car, and we gave them some “pop” in our illustrations.
The GM Authority Take
Patent applications aren’t filed for no reason, so something tells us that the design in question will show up in the future – either as a concept or a production vehicle.
Few things would delight us more than to see a hypothetical Cadillac CT8 Coupe be brought to production as a full-size luxury coupe to take on the S-Class and 8er. However, we should keep in mind that the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will take place during the final weekend of August (from the 21st through the 23rd), and that’s the very same venue where Cadillac unveiled the Escala Concept two years ago.