2008 Cadillac CTS aero-kit by D3 Research & Design

The 2008 Cadillac CTS mid-size performance sedan has just received a new exterior styling package that makes the American sports car look a tad more refined than the stock version. Created by a renowned Cadillac tuner D3 Research & Design, the package looks as neat as an in-house-developed aero-kit.

2008 Cadillac CTS body kit by D3 R&D

Although I am not the greatest fan of General Motor’s luxury vehicle brand, but the choice of models asked for the photo-session makes me feel like wanting to have one. The Cadillac CTS, I mean.

As you can see on the photos, the appearance kit consists of new stainless steel wire mesh grilles ($550), new front bumper fascia ($1250) with extra cooling brake ducts, roof spoiler ($350), side skirts ($500), rear deck lid spoiler ($450) and a rear lower diffuser ($700). You can also get a pair of extra vents on the front fenders for as low as $150.

2008 Cadillac CTS body kit by D3 R&D (side view)

So, if my calculator doesn’t lie to me, the whole kit will cost you $3950. Quite a lot of money, especially now when the crisis is looming, but the money will be well spent.

Of course, you may want to get some extra horsepower to match the CTS’s new appearance. In this case, 3D has also a number of performance parts to offer.

2008 Cadillac CTS body kit by D3 R&D (rear view)

For example, a new intake system will cost you $425 to $450 depending on whether you want it finished in black wrinkle on in chrome. Their Corsa exhaust system will set you back at about $1450 but will return extra 16hp and 22 lb-ft of torque at the wheels.

And the D3 ECU module that costs $650 will also deliver +36hp and 19 lb-ft at the wheels making the car look like a real jet fighter easily competing with such monsters as the Jaguar X-Type, new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the 2007 Infiniti G35 luxury performance sedans.

Photos: D3 Research & Design

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