Cadillac CTS-V Reimagined as an HSV-badged Performance Sedan

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Photo: Michael Gray
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The Cadillac CTS-V is due a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. As it's often the case with a car so far away from production reality, there's a lot of speculation surrounding what the punchy Caddy holds in store over the outgoing performance sedan.
More oomph from the 6.2-liter supercharged V8, the super fast-shifting Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic of the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and a more tactile experience on the inside are the most rumored updates. One thing is certain though - it sounds epic, like the hounds of hell broke loose. Until Cadillac finally drops some official info on the four-door bruiser, we're only left with our guesses.

One apparently big fan of the CTS-V wasn't happy with only that, so he reimagined the V8 brute in an unconventional way - it's got an HSV logo up front, flared wheel arches and concave wheels, a radiator grille that makes the front fascia look like it's gonna sneeze, as well as a too wide track for the rear axle. To boot, the rear of the thing looks like a baboon's bottom, minus the rather elegant tail lamp clusters.

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is expected to debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

This, ladies and gents, is an adventurous rendering of how an Australian variant of the CTS-V would look like if it were badge-engineered as a Holden Special Vehicles product. Industrial designer Michael Gray is its creator, and he's a bit sad about Holden's future. As a brief reminder, GM's Australian arm will close shop in terms of production facilities by the end of 2017, leaving the brand dependent on import GM cars made in the U.S. or China. But there's also a proper explanation to back up this neat pixel manipulation.

"Considering that a local RWD Commodore will no longer be available to use as base vehicle for future HSV models, I rendered this concept; using the Cadillac CTS as a base, customizing and tuning it locally to create a mid-size HSV-branded RWD V8 sedan. This is something that I believe HSV could and should do in the near future," explains Mr. Gray. What do you think - does an HSV CTS-V make sense for the Land Down Under?
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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