Just for a second, we’ll dispense with any sort of journalistic integrity and admit that we’re big fans of Cadillac’s all-new 2016 CTS-V. It’s fast and powerful, we know it will handle like a dream while still being luxurious, and it looks awesome. But we’ve thought of a way to make it look even better, which brings us to our suggestion:
Cadillac should offer an optional black-out appearance package on the new CTS-V.
Before we go any further, we should note that we realize full well that the blacked-out look we’re suggesting here isn’t for everyone. But the popularity of the blacked-out look on luxury vehicles has been growing over the last few years, with BMW and Audi both offering the appearance package on their vehicles.
For instance, the 2015 BMW M5 does away with chrome trim elements almost entirely, and puts black pieces in their place. And BMW also offers the (non-M) 5 Series in regular and Luxury “Lines”; the latter is a $2,000 option that adds more shiny chrome bits all around the vehicle, while the standard model has most of those pieces blacked out. Audi also offers an optional trim level on its vehicles that it sometimes refers to as “Black Optics”, blacking out all the chrome pieces on the vehicle’s exterior.
Thinking along those lines, we think Cadillac should offer a black-out package that would turn those shiny chrome (or body color) bits into black pieces of ominous goodness, including:
- Grille surround
- Mirror caps
- Green house surround
- Wheels (optional)
- Decorative trunk lid trim
- Exhaust tips
Mind you, we’re not advocating replacing high-quality chrome parts with cheap plastic that’s prone to weather quickly. Instead, Caddy can take the existing parts and treat it in a way that darkens the chrome.
All in all, a blackout package would offer more choice and variety to potential customers who are obviously interested in the look (see BMW and Audi), thereby giving Cadillac competitive parity when it comes to vehicle packaging/options. Couple that with the mighty performance and already-great looks of the new CTS-V, and Caddy has another winner on its hands.