Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS

  The Cadillac CTS is a mid-size produce by General Motors since 2002. So far, it has seen two generations with a third in the works for 2013. The current model is offered in sedan, coupe, and sport-wagon variants with a choice of three different engines. The first is a 3.0L V6 developing 260hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. The second engine is a 3.6L V6 producing 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the top of the line 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine delivers 556hp and 551 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Ford and Chevrolet have been competing since the beginning and with today’s challenging economic times, the rivalry has grown even more fierce. It was not so long ago that car dealerships were selling hundreds of vehicles a day and running out of inventory. Ford and Chevrolet Chevrolet could produce any vehicle of any quality level and have it be a top seller. As the consumer has grown more conscious and more knowledgeable, the business of selling automobiles has grown more difficult.

It is hard to negate the fact that the American auto manufacturers have made leaps and bounds in terms of quality and sustainability for the vehicles they produce. These companies have begun to emerge from the financial crisis and are plotting their return to dominance. New marketing tactics have helped lead the charge and get the consumer thinking about their products. One of the best ways to do this is by having the consumer be able to test the vehicles in a non-sales environment.

At the Barrett Jackson auction in Orange County, both Ford and Chevrolet had ride and drive events set up to stimulate the car enthusiasts at the auction. Without paying any money or being hassled by a greasy car salesman, I was able to test drive the full range of new General Motors products as well as several different Ford rides. After completing some test drives, I was then whipped around the track by a professional driver in a Corvette ZR1 which left little doubt in my mind that these companies know how to show off their stuff.

Hit the jump for more details on the Ride and Drive experience.

Apparently owning a wagon over in Dubai is about as cool as doing the Irish Jig in a Hip Hop dance club, but two guys over in the Middle East are combating this ridiculous notion with a rendering of a CTS-V Wagon Racer. Yes, sadly, it’s just a rendering, but Lap 57’s Emirati race driver, Omran Al Owais, and his brother Mohammed are hoping these images will increase interest and gather up some sponsors to make this vehicle a reality.

The Cadillac wagon seen in these images actually belongs to the brothers and they hope to take them to Nurburgring to complete the next step towards possible production. Before that happens, though, the two brothers are looking for advice from some top tuners, including Hennessey Performance and D3, on how to make this happen.

Currently, the CTS-V wagon is still in standard form which means it is being powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. We don’t expect to see many changes, but we imagine the changes actually made will resemble Cadillac’s adjustments to the CTS-V Coupe racer .

A CTS-V Wagon Racer is the dream car of Lap 57’s Emirati race driver Omran Al Owais who said: “We are hoping this fetish might catch on with other Emiratis and see them ditching their X6Ms and G55s, so that we start seeing serious girls on the road such as the RS6/E63 or the new exciting M5 Wagon. The streets of Jumeirah at night will never be the same.”

Hennessey Performance is bringing a bit more class to their Cadillac CTS-V V700 package by dropping it into one of the rarest Cadillac CTS-V models ever: the Black Diamond Edition with a manual transmission. Now owners of the exclusive Black Diamond can also take part in the 707 HP madness that was provided to the standard model last year.

The Black Diamond CTS-V features a dark tri-coat paint an embedded with SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment. This special pigment uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. The result is a paint that has a diamond-like sparkle as light hits the surface from different angles. The special exterior paint is further highlighted by Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers and a special Midnight Sapele wood trim.

The sparkling exterior of the Black Diamond makes it a hot commodity to begin with, but Hennessey’s V700 upgrade package causes the temperature to spike with 707 raging horses, up from the CTS-V’s standard 556 HP. For this increase, the Cadillac’s 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine was given a plethora of goodies, including an HPE Cold Air Induction System, supercharger pulley upgrade, intercooler heat exchanger upgrade, and a V700 camshaft upgrade. Other features include high flow cylinder heads, stainless steel long tube headers, high flow catalytic converters, and stainless steel mid-pipes.

With these additions, the Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond V700 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, make the quarter mile in 10.9 second at a speed of 128 mph, and will be capable of a top speed of 211 mph.

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The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is already a car that can get most enthusiasts drooling. Just about all of the boxes can get ticked off instantly with just a quick look. Luxurious leather interior? Check. Enough space to haul the wife, the kids, the dogs, and all of the useless knick-knacks they decided to bring on the family road trip? Check. A 556 HP supercharged, Corvette-sourced V8? Check.

For many enthusiasts, the Caddy wagon is just about all they could ask for in a car. Ludicrously fast, reasonably priced, and practical all at once. What more could they possibly want? Well, as Jeremy Clarkson would say, “MORE POWERRRRRRR!”

That’s right, folks. In true tuner fashion, Hennessey Performance near Houston, Texas decided that the CTS-V Sport Wagon needed just a tad more power.

More details on the Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V650 Sport Wagon after the jump.

UPDATE 05/07/2011: Here’s another tasty treat from the guys over at Hennessey. Their latest video for the CTS-V650 shows the Cadillac doing a few burnouts at Lonestar Motorsports Park. You may want to pump up the volume for this one.

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Don’t worry, no one has manufactured high heels and extravagant wigs to place on any undeserving vehicles, but we have found a drag race that errs on the side of weird. Motortrend has taken a chance on a very eccentric review by pitting three out-of-place vehicles against one another: the BMW X6 M, Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, and Porsche Panamera.

If you take a look at the specs for these three models, a drag race may not seem too strange a task to undertake. The BMW X6M is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic with manual shift paddles that together produce 555 HP and 501 lb-ft of torque. It gets from 0-60 mph in a whopping 4.3 seconds. The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon comes equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. It also does the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds. The last awkward vehicle of the test was a Porsche Panamera and its 4.6L twin turbo V8. This engine produces 500hp and 568 lb-ft of torque when mated to a Porsche’s 7-speed twin clutch transmission.

We won’t spoil all of the fun and tell you who won this crazy race, but we will tell you that this video is a definite must-see!

BMW and Audi took a big hit in 2008 when Cadillac brought out their second generation CTS sedan. This model came out guns blaring with a fresh design and a new engine line-up. That, plus the fact that it came with a cheaper price tag, was enough for customers to swing away from the German brands and hitch a ride on the Cadillac Cadillac train. The 2012 CTS is not slowing down either, as the sedan has received more changes to make its German rivals shake in their skivvies. The list isn’t of options isn’t long, but the more powerful V6 engine is enough of an addition for a hat tip their way.

The new, upgraded V-6 engine will take you for a ride with an extra 14 HP, but will keep your wallet satisfied by maintaining the fuel economy of the previous engine. That’s right, you still get 18 city/27 highway mpg.

Updated 05/22/2012: Cadillac latest commercial for the 2012 sports sedan is pretty impressive. First, they admit that when it comes about sports sedan the Audi A6 is the fastest one. But... not when it comes about speed! See what they are talking about in their new commercial!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Cadillac CTS.

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Cadillac CTS

Cadillac is bringing about some nice new changes for their 2012 CTS luxury sports model with a new engine, grille, and a new Touring Package edition. With a look that is sporty and elegant, the CTS receives no major modifications to alter the exterior of the vehicle, but the changes that are being made will transfer along all versions of the CTS: Sedan, Wagon, and Coupe. Expect the 2012 CTS to arrive in late Summer 2011.

The new grille for the CTS will receive a revised version of its mesh and frame. Cadillac compares it to altering a photo to a higher resolution so that the details stand out that much more. The grille will also receive higher gloss finishes to further extend the look of the front of the car and the Wreath & Crest logo will get sharper colors and raised ridges between the colors for that 3D effect.

The most exciting news is the new V6 engine Cadillac is adding to its lineup. This V6 will provide 318 HP, up from the 304 HP for the current 3.6L V-6, but will maintain the same fuel economy of 18 city/27 highway. This was accomplished through a lighter, more efficient design of the engine.

The 2012 CTS will also get a new Touring Package edition. This edition will be available in both the 3.0L V6 and 3.6L V6 engines and will receive a dark finish, metal pedals, dark Sapele wood interior trim and sueded seat inserts, steering wheel, and shift knob. The Sedan and Wagon’s Touring Package will be a little different as it adds chrome door handles. The 3.6L version will have 19-inch polished wheels and Recaro 14-way adjustable performance seats. The 3.0L version will have 18-inch wheels with a pearl-nickel finish.

After a short hiatus, Cadillac will be hitting the track once again to compete in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge in 2011. Using their CTS-V Coupe , Cadillac will develop a new race car in cooperation with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering firm which specializes in motorsports. Cadillac last saw the SCCA track in 2007 and will be returning next year with a two-car team.

The CTS-V Coupe will have to undergo plenty of modifications to meet up to the SCCA standards, but Cadillac has yet to announce what the changes for the future race car will include. Of course, the fact that the standard coupe gets a 556 HP V8 engine is reason enough for some teams to be shaking in their performance tires.

The first race at the SCCA World Challenge for the two CTS-V coupes will take place on March 25th-27th in St. Petersburg, Florida. Behind the wheel of the Cadillacs will be three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, Johnny O’Connell and 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class champion, Andy Pilgrim.

"The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge," said Jim Campbell, GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The series will become a key test-bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting-edge of performance."

UPDATE 03/23/2011: Cadillac has marked the return of latest CTS-V Coupe race car to the racing track with a couple of new videos : one is a trailer of the car and the other one explains its origins. Enjoy!

UPDATE 05/04/2012: Cadillac has unveiled a new promo video for the CTS-V Racer featuring Team Cadillac drivers Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O’Connell as they prepare to take on the Utah Grand Prix in Round 4 of the Pirelli World Challenge Series.

Press release after the jump.

After the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition revealed just yesterday, Cadillac brought their own "Black" edition based on the CTS-V models, sedan , coupe and station wagon models. The new Black Diamond Edition adds an extra a $4,850 over a standard CTS-V model, but it offers much better personalization list.

"The CTS-V Black Diamond Edition is like a finely crafted, tailored tuxedo," said Michelle Killen, Cadillac exterior paint designer. "The base color may be a simple black, but the details and richness of the material set it apart."

"Auto makers and consumers are looking to differentiate the color black, an ubiquitous color in automotive,” said John Book, Custom Color Solutions product manager at JDSU. “Black Diamond offers the discerning Cadillac customer a special option color that stands out and remains true to their sense of luxury and style."

"We’ve already established V-Series as a serious sub-brand for Cadillac," said Rich Pinto, Cadillac creative designer. "Black Diamond further establishes V-Series in the market as a performance-minded line of vehicles with a luxury twist."

Hit the jump to read more about the new Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition.

In any body variation - sedan , coupe or sport wagon , the Cadillac CTS-V models are powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 556 HP and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. Impressive numbers for a Cadillac , no? But Lingenfelter already used us with providing impressive updates for models in GM’s line-up, and the same happened for the CTS-V. Their latest work can increase the V8 engine’s output to more than 700 HP.

In order to obtain this impressive update, Lingenfelter added GT9 ZR1 supercharger camshaft and Lingenfelter CNC ported LSA cylinder heads, Competition Cams valve springs, titanium retainers, 10 degree locks, Lingenfelter LS9 solid supercharger isolator coupling, port and polish supercharger snout, Lingenfelter air intake duct, K & N Air Filter, 63 lbs/hour fuel injectors, GM Head gaskets & head bolts, 2.55 inch diameter steel supercharger drive pulley, powder coated black and 8 rib serpentine belt.

For any package the tuner will also provide you chassis dyno testing before and after installation.


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