Doesn't the camaro and corvette fill that sporty car thing? Maybe you mean a sporty sedan?
Right, sporty sedan. It's something they mentioned in PR about the SS.
*laughs* You think this is going to change the Corvette buyers mind?
Never was intended to change, think of this as a compliment. Older gent buys a Corvette for himself, then a SS for him and the Mrs.
Totally agree. The current gen 300s have a real presence to them, especially in V8 trim with the 20' rims filling those massive wheel arches. The interiors seem much nicer, too (where's Rick?!?).
This is just "meh" to me (in Impala form), and that CUE in-dash screen is absolutely revolting.
Hell, I saw a previous
gen 300C in my school lot the other day. Freshly washed, non carbaged, and it still
looks fresh and purposeful in a way no other full-sizer does ATM. It did help that it wasn't one in stereotypical black or silver, this was "dark titanium metallic" or something.
I was in a current 300 at the auto show and both the exterior and the interior are impressively done, particularly in the Luxury Series model. I'd have to sit in a SS to be certain but this appears to be on par with the 300.
To be fair, CUE is exclusive to Cadillac. This and the rest of the GM portfolio (save for legacy models like the full-size trucks, some stuff overseas, etc.) uses GM MyLink/IntelliLink. They retain hard buttons and knobs in addition to the touch screen and since it's a less capable system than CUE, it's actually not shitty to operate.
Visually though, both CUE and MyLink/IntelliLink are just ugly. Ugly font, ugly graphics. I'd put it one step above Toyota's "Display Audio" systems astheticly but that's not saying much.
Ford, Kia/Hyundai and Chrysler all have systems that are more visually pleasing in appearance.
EDIT: I needed to put these side by side to compare:
Of course, GM US decided to make the photo all dark and mysterious, but the interior seems largely unchanged from the Australian model.
Honestly...i think it's the cheap looking matte black plastic and cheap chrome wheels that's the issue. The glossy plastic on the Holden adds some much needed "pop" visually.
This is the same criticism leveled at the modern Pontiac GTO..that it's bland. Maybe it's a case of "grass is greener" longing sort of deal, as the cars don't look much different from their Australian counterparts beyond some detail changes.