The CTS is a badge that's been going a while. It was first introduced Stateside in 2002, the badge standing for Catera Touring Sedan. Prior to the CTS Cadillac styling had been rather glitzy, grandiose and, to most European palates, hilariously gauche. The CTS was different. It was the first model to feature the oddly-named "Art and Science" design language, penned by Wayne Cherry and Kip Wasenko. All sharp angles, bold creases and planar surfaces, the CTS looked fantastic, more Hugo Boss than Boss Hogg.
The second generation car we look at here debuted in 2008. Wider and longer than the first generation model, the styling direction wasn't watered down at all. If anything, it grew more radical-looking. Launched in the UK at the tail end of the year, we got a choice of 2.8 or 3.6-litre saloons in a sole somewhat oxymoronic-sounding Sport Luxury trim level. Refreshingly, the steering wheel was on the right-hand side of the car.
This was soon joined by the CTS Sport Wagon estate and , at the start of 2009, the blistering CTS-V, a 564PS supersaloon with a near sixty grand price tag. The CTS Coupe joined the range, and CTS-V versions were offered in coupe and wagon guises to be sold alongside the saloon. The 2.8-litre engine was replaced by a 3.0-litre for 2010 and an all-new CTS was announced for the 2104 model year.