1986-1988 and 1991-1993 DeVille Touring
By the time sixth generation debuted in 1985, Cadillac DeVille was much smaller car than it used to be. It lost as much as 35 inches compared to its peak between ’74 and ’76. It also lost a lot of weight. All sixth gen models weighted between 3,500 and 3,900 pounds. Much less than mid-seventies units which peaked at 5,400 pounds.
Parallel to dimension and weight downsizing, Cadillac introduced Touring Sedan and Touring Coupe during sixth gen DeVille’s sophomore year. These Euro-inspired models were the cornerstone of Cadillac’s German countering strategy. For $2,880 above $21,316 for Coupe and $21,659 for Sedan, Touring package offered more than just styling changes. Aluminum wheels on Goodyear Eagle GT tires, deck lid spoiler, and leather upholstery were some. Then, there were stiffer springs, quicker power steering ratio, and larger exhaust. Latest of which added 5 more horsepower to HT-4100 4.1L V8 engine. This raised the total to 135 hp and 205 lb-ft of torque. A figure that would additionally rise to 155 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque for 1988. Courtesy of larger displacement 4.5L V8 HT-4500 engine.
Slow sales doomed both the coupe and the sedan, but latter made a comeback for 1991 model year. By then, DeVille’s V8 raised as much as 200 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Goodyear tires, Touring badges and morose palette of black, white and grey colors still identified DeVille Touring Sedans. This time, however, Cadillac added the Carmine Red colorway as well. Although as much as 5,000 DeVille Touring Sedans were produced per year, precious few have survived to this day.