2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

It’s another year of waiting for the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan before it gets its new looks, so for now, the high-performance luxury sedan is content selling its performance capabilities packaged with last-generation’s styling That, essentially, is the conundrum for the CTS-V Sedan. Talks of a new look gained some steam with the introduction of the next-generation CTS Sedan , and it’s likely that the CTS-V Sedan will follow suit next year, and inherit the new CTS styling.

For now, though, this is what customers are going to get, and while it may be a smarter move to just sit and wait for the new CTS-V, it’s not like this model has completely lost all its appeal.

It still performs like a muscle car disguised in a luxury sedan’s body, and its aesthetics still look pretty good, despite getting up there in age.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan.

Exterior

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

The CTS-V Sedan still has a lot of the design characteristics that made it a head-turner when it first burst into the scene...years ago

The 2014 CTS-V Coupe must’ve been steaming when it saw Cadillac introduce the CTS Sedan. We can only imagine what it was thinking at that time. "Why didn’t I get that new look, too?" Unfortunately, those are questions that only Cadillac can answer.

For now, the CTS-V Sedan’s exterior look will remain the same, at least for another year.

It’s not all that bad, to be honest, because the CTS-V Sedan still has a lot of the design characteristics that made it a head-turner when it first burst into the scene...years ago.

It’ll help if you make good use of the optional equipment available, so if you’re going to buy the CTS-V Sedan knowing full well that next year’s model could look entirely different, wouldn’t it be a good idea to spruce it up with something like a panoramic sunroof?

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm):113.4 / 2880
Length (in / mm):191.3 / 4858
Height (in / mm):57.3 / 1455
Width (in / mm):72.5 / 1842
Track (in / mm):front: 62 / 1574
rear: 62.1 / 1577
Curb weight (lb / kg):4219 / 1914 (manual)
4252 / 1929 (automatic)
Weight distribution (% front / rear):54 / 46

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan - Standard Exterior Features

  • 19" painted aluminum wheels
  • 19" performance tires
  • CHMSL, V-Series
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Headlamp washer system
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting
  • Wipers, Rainsense™
  • Wipers, front intermittent with washers

Interior

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

With those numbers, you can expect the CTS-V Sedan to hit 60 mph in four seconds to go with a top speed of 186 mph.

The interior of the CTS-V Sedan is proof that first impressions can be a little deceiving. Materials aren’t the best in its class, but they are right on par with what you can expect with a performance luxury sedan. Compare it with the interior of the CLS63 AMG and it’s not even close.

Also, like its coupe counterpart, the CTS-V Sedan’s center console consists of a lot of buttons and controls. It looks really functional at first, but once you start using it, you’re likely to find the exercise confusing with all the controls confined in such a small space.

Even the seats are stiff and a little too upright so much so that if you really want to enjoy your seating preferences, the optional Recaro seats are your best bet.

But the CTS-V Sedan does have a number of impressive attributes, highlighted by its lavish space, consisting of better-than-the-rest headroom and legroom.

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan - Interior Dimensions

Legroom (in / mm):front: 42.4 / 1078
rear: 36.1 / 916
Headroom (in / mm):front: 38.8 / 986
rear: 37.2 / 945
Shoulder room (in / mm):front: 56.7 / 1441
rear: 54.7 / 1390
Hip room (in / mm):front: 53.7 / 1365
rear: 53 / 1346

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan - Standard Interior Features

  • Adjustable front seat lumbar support
  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Audio system with navigation and Bose® surround sound 10-speaker system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Bluetooth® for phone interface
  • Cargo convenience net, trunk
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Door locks, power programmable
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Head restraints, active front

Drivetrain

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

The 2014 CTS-V Sedan continues in the tradition of sporting a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed manual transmission. With those numbers, you can expect the CTS-V Sedan to hit 60 mph in four seconds to go with a top speed of 186 mph.

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan - Drivetrain Specifications

6.2L Supercharged V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc):376 / 6162
Bore & stroke (in / mm):4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block material:cast aluminum
Cylinder head material:cast aluminum
Valvetrain:overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery:1.9L supercharger with intercooler; sequential fuel injection
Compression ratio:9.1:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):556 / 415 @ 6100
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):551 / 747 @ 3800
Recommended fuel:premium required
Maximum engine speed (rpm):6200
EPA estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):12 / 18 (auto)
14 / 19 (man)

Prices

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Pricing for the 2014 CTS-V Sedan starts at $65,825, but a fully loaded models can hit close to $80,000.

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan$65,825
Premium Exterior Color$995
19" high-polished aluminum wheels$800
19" Satin Graphite wheels$800
Midnight Sapele Wood Trim Package$600
Brembo® brake calipers, Yellow$595
Brembo® brake calipers, Red$595
Wheel locks (Dealer-installed)$115
UltraView® power sunroof$1,150
Grille, Black chrome (Dealer-installed)$870
Protective Black outdoor car cover (Dealer-installed)$410
RECARO® performance seats$3,400
Sueded steering wheel and shift knob$300

Competition

2014 Jaguat XFR-S

Jaguar XFR-S

The Jaguar XFR-S is a true howler in every sense of the word, so much so that it’s got a lot of fight when you line it up next to the CTS-V Sedan.

Given how carbon fiber played an important role in developing the aerodynamic package of the XFR-S, you’d be excused if you find yourself surprised knowing how much of the material can be found in it.

Under the hood, the XFR-S comes packed with a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, right in the same vicinity as that of the CTS-V Sedan. That’s good for an increase of 40 horsepower and 41 pound-feet of torque over the XFR. With the extra power the XFR-S is capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.

2014 Mercedes CLS63 AMG S-Model

Mercedes CLS 63 AMG S-Model

With an improved 5.0-liter, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a stout 585 horsepower peak torque of 590 pound-feet, the new CLS 63 AMG S-Model really is in a class of its own. One can argue that the CTS-V Sedan has the numbers to compete against it, but in terms of combining performance, aesthetics, and all-around luxury, it’s hard to go against the Mercedes.

Conclusion

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

We have no complaints about the performance of the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan. It’s a powerhouse on wheels, and there’s no denying that. Our qualm is that the design of the car is getting a little old. At some point — presumably as early as next year — the CTS-V Sedan will sport a completely new design.

That begs the question: why not just wait for the new model, right?

LOVE IT
  • Despite its muscular looks, the CTS-V Sedan is deceptively fast
  • A relative bargain compared to other models in its class
  • Good space on the interior
LEAVE IT
  • Outgoing look could dissuade a lot of buyers
  • More options out there
  • Patience will be a virtue waiting for the next-gen looker

Press Release

The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan extends the legacy of the landmark performance sedan introduced in 2004. A supercharged 6.2L V-8 is the power behind the CTS-V Sedan, delivering 556 horsepower (415 kW). It is backed by either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

A collection of technical and performance elements complement the powertrain, including Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires mounted on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, as well as a track-proven brake system with two-piece front rotors. They offer greater resistance to warping and potentially longer rotor life, as well as reduced weight.

A unique grille that doubles front-end airflow to help enable its high-performance capabilities is one of the V-Series’ distinguishing features, along with an aggressive front fascia and raised center section of the aluminum hood that provides clearance for the supercharger.

Continuous improvements have helped keep the CTS family at the top of customer consideration lists and earned it critical praise. That tradition continues in 2014, as the CTS-V Sedan offers four new exterior color choices: Phantom Gray Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Majestic Plum Metallic (available at an extra cost) and Red Obsession Tintcoat (available at an extra cost).

The 2014 CTS-V Sedan is based on the same proven architecture as the CTS-V Coupe and CTS-V Wagon. Please see separate releases for CTS Sport Wagon, Coupe and the all-new 2014 CTS Sedan.

CTS-V Sedan design

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

The CTS-V Sedan exterior incorporates a number of unique cues that blend function with aesthetics. The dihedral Cadillac grille, for example, is larger to enable more air intake and features a satin finish, while the raised hood encompasses the supercharged engine beneath it. The front and rear fascias, as well as a rear spoiler that houses the center high-mounted stop lamp, are specific to the car, as are its standard 19-inch wheels.

Additional exterior features include:

High-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting System are standard
Fog lamps are standard
Heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors are standard
Rainsense automatic windshield wipers are standard
Nineteen-inch painted aluminum wheels are standard
Nineteen-inch high-polished aluminum wheels are optional
Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels with satin graphite finish are optional
Available red- or yellow-painted Brembo calipers
Exterior colors: Phantom Gray Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Black Diamond Tricoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Opulent Blue Metallic, Majestic Plum Metallic (extra cost) and Red Obsession Tintcoat (extra cost).

CTS-V Sedan interior

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

The interior of the CTS-V Sedan features streamlined instrumentation, LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents. It includes performance seats featuring perforated microfiber sueded fabric inserts designed to hold the driver and front passenger in place during cornering. Recaro performance seats are optional and provide excellent support during performance driving. These 14-way adjustable performance seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and backrests.

Complementing the performance seating are a thick steering wheel and a gauge package designed for easy, at-a-glance reference during performance driving. Large instruments have bold readouts, including an LED-lit “tracer” function in the tachometer that flashes as the engine nears the red line. The gauge layout includes a boost gauge and a lateral acceleration display.

Obsidian Black accents grace the center stack, console, steering wheel and door panels. The production steering wheel and shifter are available in microfiber sueded fabric.

Additional features include:

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Audio system with navigation, including AM/FM stereo, CD/DVD player, MP3 playback, Bose Surround Sound with 10 speakers, 40-gig hard drive and USB with audio connectivity, is standard
Bluetooth phone connectivity is standard
Keyless entry and keyless start features are standard
Ambient lighting package is standard
Ultrasonic rear park assist is standard
Rearview camera system is standard
Adaptive remote vehicle start is standard (automatic transmission)
Heated front bucket seats with power 10-way driver and passenger adjustment, articulating head restraints, driver memory, power lumbar are standard on all trim levels
Recaro performance seats are optional and include heated/cooled feature and leather trim with microfiber sueded fabric inserts
Leather-trimmed steering wheel with auxiliary controls is standard and includes paddle-shift controls when the vehicle is equipped with the Steering wheel with microfiber sueded fabric rim is available and is packaged with microfiber sueded fabric shift knob
Power sunroof is available
Interior color and trim choices include: Ebony seats with Ebony microfiber sueded fabric inserts and Light Titanium seats with Light Titanium microfiber sueded fabric inserts.

Supercharged performance

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

The CTS-V Sedan’s 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine is rated at 556 horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm). It is the most powerful engine in Cadillac’s history.

The engine features an intercooled Eaton Twin Vortices Series™ (TVS™) supercharger, which employs twin four-lobe rotors that are twisted 160 degrees. Typical superchargers feature three lobes twisted 60 degrees. The fourth lobe and greater helix profile, when combined with unique air inlet and outlet ports, create smoother, more efficient airflow into the engine. In addition to improved overall efficiency, this supercharger has superior noise and vibration characteristics compared to more ordinary designs.

A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Sedan – a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift controls. The steering wheel-mounted controls require no shift lever movement and allow immediate tap up/tap down gear selection. Performance Algorithm Shifting provides the automotive transmission with a performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance driving. As with many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter into the manual “gate” to put the transmission into a performance mode.

Torque is channeled through the six-speed transmissions to a high-performance rear axle that features a limited-slip rear differential within a cast iron housing for greater thermal management, and asymmetrical half-shafts to smoothly manage the supercharged engine’s incredible torque. The unique design includes alternately sized half-shafts that also help dynamically balance the oscillation of torque from side to side, effectively eliminating “power hop.”

CTS-V Sedan driving experience

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

The V-Series is designed for great road-holding performance, while maintaining the poise of a luxury car in average driving conditions. This is enabled by Cadillac’s landmark Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology. It uses shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology, rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision. Electronic sensors at all four wheels literally “read the road” every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of body motions.

The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a broader range of damping control to optimize the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V, an extra measure of control is offered, with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport), enabling the driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more spirited performance driving.

The CTS-V also incorporates sophisticated braking and tire systems, in partnership with two companies renowned for high-performance technology: Brembo and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful, six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful, six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

Two-piece front brake rotors offer greater resistance to warping and potentially longer rotor life, as well as reduced weight. Their design features a separate rotor mounted to a “hat” that attaches the brake assembly to the wheel hub. The hat and rotor heat and cool at different rates, which helps the rotor dissipate heat more effectively to prevent warping.

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Michelin partnered with Cadillac engineers to develop an exclusive Pilot Sport PS2 tire specifically engineered for the CTS-V. The tires support high levels of grip in track conditions, while also affording excellent performance on the road.

Additional chassis and suspension features include:

An independent short/long arm (SLA) front suspension system that features low-mass aluminum for the upper and lower control arms, as well as the knuckles
A multi-link rear suspension with a fully isolated subframe
StabiliTrak electronic chassis control system is integrated with the car’s standard four-channel ABS with the full-function traction control, as well as the hydraulic brake assist and engine control systems
A limited-slip differential
A 3.73 axle ratio on manual-transmission models
A 3.23 axle ratio on automatic-transmission models
A power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system.

CTS-V Sedan safety and crash-avoidance features

CTS-V Sedan is designed to enhance Cadillac’s reputation for providing safe occupant environments in luxury vehicles. Features include:

Dual-stage driver front air bag
Segment-first dual depth front passenger air bag
Driver and front passenger side seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side air bags
Roof-rail side curtain air bags with rollover protection technology that cover front and rear seating rows
Front safety belt pretensioners
Tire pressure monitoring system
Body structure with strategically placed high-strength steel
Active head restraints for front seat occupants
Ultrasonic rear parking assist
Rearview camera system.


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