Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.
Jeremy Clarkson is truly at his finest when he's hating. When he's found a car that he can fill with vitriol and hyperbole, with venom with distaste. He's a master at it, too, which is why it's so enjoyable to watch him absolutely tearing into the last-generation Cadillac Seville STS.
The Seville was one of the last of the "old" Cadillacs, along with the El Dorado and the de Ville, before the CTS changed the game for Cadillac, what with everything being all new, not least of which was the styling. Sure, their replacements like the STS and the DTS weren't great, but cars like the Seville were from a bygone era in a segment that likes to bury eras before they're even dead.
And thus, you have the delightful invective pointed at the Seville. "It's a cross between a Mercedes, and a Lexus, and a torture chamber," Clarkson says. And the seats felt like you had a large potato down your shirt.
But hey, the Seville did have GM's delightful Northstar V8, so that's pretty nice. It made a good noise, it had great power for the time, and it was actually fairly innovative in that it barely ever had to be serviced.
On the other hand, in Britain people would think you shot J.R.