The GM Design team has shared a sketch of an unnamed Cadillac sports car on its Instagram page, giving us an interesting look at what a dedicated modern-day performance car from the American luxury brand might look like.
This sketch was completed by Cadillac lead exterior designer Robin Krieg, who has been with GM for nearly 20 years. It appears to be from a while back, as the front fascia shares various styling cues with previous-generation V-Series products. The grille is pretty much identical to the Cadillac ATS-V’s, while the long vertical LED lighting signature is shared with the third-generation CTS-V. It seems likely this sketch was completed during the design process for these two models to help hammer out the new V-Series design language, so Cadillac probably wasn’t actually considering producing a new sports car when it was completed. In what we imagine is not a coincidence, Krieg is credited as the lead exterior designer on the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V.
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While the front fascia of this fictitious Cadillac sports car is familiar, the rest isn’t. It features an elongated hood with a pair of nostril-like vents, along with a domed glass roof, skinny aerodynamic side mirrors, a carbon fiber front splitter and pronounced front and rear wheel arches. This appears to be a two-seat GT model similar to the Mercedes-AMG GT, or perhaps a 2+2 coupe, but the front angle of the sketch makes it a bit hard to tell. A two-seat GT would have been a great range-topper for the V-Series lineup, but one could argue Cadillac already tried to enter this space with the XLR – and to limited success.
With Cadillac now looking to transition to an all-electric vehicle portfolio by 2030, it seems unlikely the automaker will be releasing any aggressive V-Series performance coupes such as this in the near future. The simple packaging of EVs can offer greater flexibility with regards to exterior design, though, so it’s still a very exciting time in the Cadillac design studio.