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.

This year the war in the coupe segment was fought between the Mustang and the Camaro , at least in terms of news segments. The muscle car wars took held the strings that controlled the news puppet, but was that enough to name one of them Coupe of the Year?

We’re not telling as of yet, but we can say that we had many things to consider when narrowing down our list for the best coupe of 2010. Audi, for instance, brought the R8 GT and the RS5 , while Cadillac unveiled the CTS-V Coupe . All of these choices made our top five, so the war ensues between German and American coupe models. We made our decision based on design, performance, price and on how the new model was received. It was a hard decision, but we think we made the right one.

Hit the jump to see who won the title of the Best Coupe of 2010.

German auto tuner and car wrap specialists, Cam Shaft, have taken a decidedly foreign approach on their next project. Instead of using one of the many local vehicles coming from BMW , Mercedes , Audi , and Porsche , Cam Shaft went for a car that calls the land on the other side of the pond its home: the high-powered, svelte-looking Cadillac CTS-V .

In getting the American sports sedan, Cam Shaft decided that upgrades were in order, especially to the CTS-V’s powertrain and exterior. So they went out and re-tooled as much as they could on the car, giving more power to a car that already has 564 ponies worth under its hood. In addition to the upgraded powerplant, Cam Shaft also set out to make the car stand out from other sports sedans, by wrapping the CTS-V’s exterior body in a matte white foil.

The result is a car that’s as stunning as it is powerful: a noteworthy combination of style and substance all rolled into one awesome package.

Details after the jump.

As one of the most esteemed auto magazines in the world, Car and Driver’s annual “Top 10 Cars” is always a good barometer for automakers to see if one – or maybe two – of their vehicles made it to the list. With a readership that spans the entire world, Car and Driver’s Top 10 list is read by millions of people so it’s kind of a big deal for these companies. From the usual suspects to a number of new surprises, the “Top 10 Cars” will reveal what cars the magazine is highly recommending for the next calendar year.

In determining which cars make it to the list, editor-in-chief, Eddie Alterman explains: “In our testing, we are looking for those automobiles that deliver spectacular value, real driver engagement, and the highest fulfillment of their intended mission.”

He continues: “Our testing takes place over a week on real roads in the real world, marshaling more than 60 new test cars and our entire editorial staff. It’s a real workout, and the best cars on the market emerge victorious."

For 2011, the list has a number of old guards that have made multiple appearances while there are others that are making their inaugural face-time. Just to give you an idea on what to expect, three American, German, and Japanese models made it to the list with the other spot going to a model from South Korea. There are also three cars – the Audi S4 , the Mazda3 , and the Ford Fusion Hybrid – that dropped out of the list, which means that you’re going to be seeing a number of new entries making it to the Top 10.

So without further ado, Car and Driver’s “Top 10 Cars for 2011” after the jump.

Source: Car and Driver

Cadillac firstly introduced the CTS-V name in 2008 with the official unveiled of the sports sedan. And since then we had the chance to test it a few times. Yuppy! But in three years the CTS-V sports sedan received a few updates, so it will enter the 2011 model year with new front fender vent design with black inner fin detail, a new set of wheels and a few interior updates. New reasons for its German competitions, the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to fear.

The Cadillac CTS-V is already known as one of the first production four-door on street tires to break the legendary eight-minute barrier at Germany’s famed Nürburgring race track. That if Germans needed more reasons to fear! Add to this performances a pretty aggressive exterior and an interior that is both luxury and sporty, and you will understand why we are so proud about this American beauty!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V.

The Monticello Motor Club was quite the scene recently when a plethora of supercars converged for the first annual Drift with the Supercars event. Yes, people, drifting supercars with a chalk full of donuts to boot. Burning rubber never smelled so good.

One of the cars that showed up for the event was the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and while it didn’t have the cache that of all the Ferraris , Porsches , and Mercedes ’ in attendance, the CTS-V Coupe made certain that it would leave more than just its tread marks on the competition, winning the title of Best Drift in New Car. Who said that a two-door luxury coupe couldn’t hang with the exotics?

Fortunately for us, a video of the CTS-V Coupe’s drift run was shared by the gracious organizers, giving us a complete look at the Caddy in all its tire-screeching, rubber-burning, title-winning run.

That’s how the Caddy rolls, baby!

The Cadillac CTS-V Sports Wagon, the last model from the CTS family, will make its world debut at the New York Auto Show in just two days. Sales will begin in late 2010.

Like the sedan and coupe models, the CTS-V sports Wagon is powered by the same 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.

The new CTS-V Sports Wagon will be offered with Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires mounted on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. The exterior will be distinguished by an aggressive front fascia, a unique grille, a raised center section of the aluminum hood, CHMSL-integrated roof spoiler and a pair of 3-inch (76 mm) chrome exhaust outlets.

Updated 10/05/2010: Cadillac today announced that the new CTS-V Sport Wagon will go on sale later this year at a price of $62,990. Option list will include: $3,400 Recaro heated and ventilated, high-performance driver and front-passenger seats; $800 19-inch, polished aluminum wheels; $600 midnight Sapele Wood trim package and $300 Suede steering wheel and shifter.

Press release after the jump.

Hennessey has unveiled a new video of the new 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe equipped with the new V700 package . The video presents the car running 11.16 @ 124 mph in the 1/4 mile on Nitto drag radial street tires.

The new V700 package updates the engine’s output to an impressive 707 HP and 701 lbs-ft of torque (a significant improvement compared to the standard 556 HP and 551 lb-ft of torque). This translates into a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

Next to the engine upgrade, the package also includes: long Tube 1 7/8 inch stainless steel headers, 3 inch stainless steel mid pipe exhaust,
high flow catalytic converters and an intercooler heat exchanger system upgrade.

So turn up your volume, sit back and enjoy!

A standard Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is powered by an LSA 6.2 Liter supercharged Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 V8 engine. This allows the sports car to produce a maximum output of 556 HP and 551 lb-ft of torque. That is more than impressive for a Cadillac , but Hennessey has played with the car’s engine to make these numbers even more impressive. The tuner is offering a new V700 package that updates the engine’s output to an impressive 707 HP and 701 lbs-ft of torque. This translates into a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

At the dyno testing, with the exhaust cutouts closed, the V700 coupe posted its official numbers: 598 rear wheel horsepower and a full 631 lb-ft of torque! This was done through the factory 6-speed automatic on 93 octane pump gas.

Hit the jump to check out the Cadillac CTS-V V700’s specifications.

General Motors has announced that they will be recalling over 20,000 2009-2010MYs of the Cadillac CTS and CTS-V over what appears to be dangerous glove box compartments.

Of all the parts of a car’s interior, we didn’t know that glove compartments could poise such a threat to the safety of a front seat passenger. But as it turns out, the NHTSA ran some tests and determined that during a frontal crash where the front passenger isn’t wearing a seatbelt, there’s a greater risk of sustaining a leg injury due to the faulty glove box. Needless to say, tests or no tests, front passengers should never leave home without putting on their seatbelts.

For their part, General Motors is issuing the recall and will replace all glove box assembly for all 20,224 affected models at no cost to the customer. The recall is expected to start on or before October 20, 2010 and owners that have cars affected by the recall are encouraged to contact Cadillac at 1.866-982-2339.

Source: NHTSA

A number of days ago, we showed you a video of the making of Cadillac’s new commercial for the CTS-V sedan’s Nurburgring run, which, incidentally enough, occurred a little over two years ago.

Claiming to be the world’s fastest four-door sedan, Cadillac’s time of 7:59.32 may not be anywhere near the neighborhood of some of the world’s most exotic cars, but when it comes to four-doors, the CTS-V sedan is the standard bearer for running the legendary Nurburgring race track. And while the number is impressive given the circumstances, Cadillac doesn’t see it as a competitive time, but as a starting block to which the company aims to push faster and work harder to improve on their time.

Then again, two years is a long time for a record to stand, especially in the auto industry where a technological race to be faster and more powerful is an everyday occurrence. There was even talk that a Porsche Panamera Turbo – another four-door – eclipsed the CTS-V’s record by thee seconds with a time of 7:56. But despite not having the record anymore, Cadillac’s time is impressive nonetheless, especially given the fact that unlike Porsche, the American brand isn’t particularly known for its speed.

Source: Cadillac

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