Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

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    Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Cadillac Laguna-Seca
    a Panamera fighter?




    Op-Ed by MonaroSS
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    Today member DirtyMoney asked me to chop a Caddy Panamera competitor from the C7 Corvette. It doesn't really lend itself for that but a Panamera fighter on a stretched Alpha+ could work and that got me thinking...

    OK, so we have a new CTS and presumably a new CTS-V on the way. We also believe that there will be a new large Cadillac sedan and perhaps coupe on Omega. But where is the brutal performance Cadillac of the near future going to come from? And I don't just mean brutal in terms of power, but in terms of on-the-road image.

    For me the modern day Cadillac brand only hit my radar when GM crammed a small block V8 into a CTS and made the first CTS-V. Like many, with just a V6 in it, I would never have seen the CTS beyond a BMW 3 or 5 Series. And it wasn't just the go, but also the show, that caught my eye. It had a stance and a purpose to it. Yes we can say that it and the following CTS-V and CTS-V Coupe may look a bit like street fighters. And some may complain they are not sophisticated looking enough for where Cadillac wants to be in the marketplace. But have you seen some of the Benz AMG's lately - talk about brutal and street fighter looks.

    So I am just a bit worried that the new ATS-V and the next CTS-V may be a bit too mild mannered looking, as Cadillac seeks to make them appear more sophisticated. Yes, I can see good marketing reasons why that may be a smart move, especially for conservative markets in Asia and Europe, but does Cadillac want to completely walk away from making muscular bruisers in suits? I hope not.

    To that end I think perhaps GM should consider putting it's Caddy muscle image into a dedicated bruiser of a street machine that has as it's raison d'etre the power and performance to take on and beat all comers in its class. Cars such as the Panamera should be it's prime target, and if it needs a 7 litre DI Twin-Turbo pushrod V8, and huge hood and fender vents to exhaust all the heat of such a monster power plant, then all the better...

    OK, Cadillac could off the TTV6 as an entry-level motor, but it would be an 800hp/1000 ft-lb TTV8 Laguna-Seca-V that would bring home the bacon. Let's face it, it is going to be a few generations before Cadillac will be perceived to be as sophisticated as its Euro competitors; but top-speed, 0-60 and Nürburgring numbers are faster to establish...




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    EDIT: Below is for those who wanted to see what it would look like as a 4-door Corvette Super America...



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    EDIT: Below are some mods people have requested to tone it down a bit...

    I guess the standard sedan could be like the bottom pic and the 3-window with the different front clip, hood vents and more pronounced fender vents and flairs could be the V version...



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    And a split between the two...







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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    that is striking. I think the hood scoop is probably a bit much for a Cadillac, but the overall concept of the car and the design you put together are awesome looking. I could easily see some reclining rear seats working back there.
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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    I'm sure regulations would require some modifications, BUT - THAT is what the top Caddy should look like. Nicely done!
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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Beautiful, but I think the grill is a little too steeply sloped.

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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    The hood scoop and side cove vent are a little too much, but Cadillac could definitely use something like this.
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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al63240 View Post
    that is striking. I think the hood scoop is probably a bit much for a Cadillac, but the overall concept of the car and the design you put together are awesome looking. I could easily see some reclining rear seats working back there.
    Thanks, it should be striking to both see and hear arrive or pass by on the street. The hood vent would only be on the V...



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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    You can quit your day job now.

    Nice work.

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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Wow!!! That would blow the doors off the Panamera! Love it!

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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Very very good MonaroSS! Love it! Now thats a Cadillac! Looks like something that could ruffle the feathers of a S Class Mercedes.
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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    The hood scoop and side cove vent are a little too much, but Cadillac could definitely use something like this.
    There are actually two hood scoops, the other one can't be seen as it is on the other side of the hood ridgeline. Those scoops, which are actually extracter vents, would only be on the V and the non-V side vents would be more shallow and with a more delicate mesh grille..



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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    foiled again by the title as I eat lunch - a chop request is GM related news how exactly? OP EDs have merit in the forum but not as top level GMI news.
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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Can you maybe change the side cove vent to something more angular?
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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Side vents are a bit much, and the front needs to be more upright. It still looks too XTS-y, to me.

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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    It in my opinion is too large, and it evokes the XTS in many ways. I would like to see a next gen Alpha CTS 4 door coupe variant that would incorporate V styling cues, and also feature a bit of the styling evident on the CTS-V Coupe.
    I want a car so violent that the mere thought of full throttle would cause a heart attack. That actually going wide open throttle in would result in nothing less than instant death!
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    Re: Cadillac Laguna-Seca - a Panamera fighter?

    Quote Originally Posted by camaro_freak View Post
    foiled again by the title as I eat lunch - a chop request is GM related news how exactly? OP EDs have merit in the forum but not as top level GMI news.
    Again, let your pointer hover 1/2 a second over the topic and it says it's an Op-Ed... Beside you always like to post in these threads to complain, so where is the harm in you opening it?




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