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Cadillac CTS gets limited-edition colors ahead of redesign

Silver Frost, Stealth blue offered on current generation CTS.

By AutoWeek Feb 15, 2013 1:48PM

Cadillac added a pair of limited-edition CTS vehicles to its lineup on Friday. Silver Frost and Stealth blue will join the car’s color palette. Only 100 Silver Frost CTS-V coupes will be produced with the low-gloss matte finish while the new blue will also appear on the V sedan and wagon.

The Silver Frost will go on sale in March. The color will only come on the performance-oriented V models offering features such as colored Brembo brake calipers, high polished or satin wheels and suede covering for the interior.

A new Cadillac CTS is expected to debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show; special editions are a common way for manufacturers to maintain interest in an outgoing model before redesigned vehicles are available for sale.

Cadillac says the finish was realized by applying a 30-gloss clear coat, as opposed to an 80-gloss found in standard finishes. The paint will still emit a low sparkle but the finish will be distinctly matte.

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe (c) GMThe company also says owners won’t have to significantly deviate from their normal paint maintenance, though they do note that the finish has to be hand-washed. It also can’t be waxed, and if bugs or sap get on the paint, they should be removed immediately.

The Stealth blue paint will be offered the CTS coupe and all CTS-V models, with a limited run starting in March. The blue is a standard finish hue, requiring no special care. Optional Twilight blue leather is offered to go with the paint.

Customers will be able to order the new colors at dealerships beginning this spring.

-- Jake Lingeman


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Feb 17, 2013 6:39PM
I've been seeing matte finishes being offered here and there. What is the benefit or appeal to this type of finish?
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