2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a road-thumping powerhouse that is probably unfairly judged because its a wagon. Despite its old-school looks that are in need of more than just an update, the vehicle is still pretty appealing. Similar to the coupe and sedan versions, the CTS-V Wagon is the kind of vehicle that enthusiasts are likely to fall in line for.

The big issue for the CTS-V Wagon are its outdated aesthetics, but these may be addressed sooner than later now that the all-new CTS Sedan has officially broken cover.

But even with the new-look CTS-V Wagon still at least a year away from arriving, you’ll still get what you’ll pay for with current generation look. It’s significantly less expensive than it’s rivals and more importantly, its ridiculous 500-horsepower performance puts it right in line with some of the top models in its class.

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

Exterior

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Why buy the old one now when you can just wait for the next-generation model?

Not a whole lot of changes as far as the CTS-V Wagon’s looks are concerned. The same design is still there that we first saw back in the model’s early years.

But there is reason for hope with the unveiling of the new CTS. Like with its coupe and sedan siblings, the arrival of the new-look CTS could usher in a new era for the powerful CTS-V next year. And yes, that should also include the wagon trim of Cadillac’s performance model.

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm):113.4 / 2880
Length (in / mm):192 / 4878
Height (in / mm):58 / 1473
Width (in / mm):72.5 / 1842
Track (in / mm):61.8 / 1570 (front)
62.3 / 1582 (rear)
Curb weight (lb / kg):4396 / 1994 (manual)
4424 / 2007 (automatic)
Weight distribution (% front / rear):51 / 49

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon - Standard Exterior Features

  • 19" painted aluminum wheels
  • 19" performance tires
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Fog lamps, integrated in front fascia
  • Headlamp washer system, windshield wiper activiated
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting
  • Liftgate, power

Interior

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

With a car like the E63 AMG S serving as a direct competitor, Caddy should've taken the interior look of the CTS-V Wagon to a similar level.

The interior of the CTS-V Wagon carries the same bells and whistles as the sedan and coupe versions, but the wagon does have some unique items to itself, including plenty of nice Obsidian Black accents on the dashboard and doors. As an added option, you can also dress up the steering wheels and the gear lever with Alcantara, which should drum up the luxury of the wagon even more.

That being said, it would’ve been nice if Cadillac had put in more work to make the cabin more luxurious. With a car like the E63 AMG S serving as a direct competitor, Caddy should’ve taken the interior look of the CTS-V Wagon to a similar level.

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon - Interior Dimensions

Legroom (in / mm):42.4 / 1078 (front)
36.1 / 916 (rear)
Headroom (in / mm):38.8 / 986 (front)
37.1 / 941 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm):56.7 / 1441 (front)
57.7 / 1390 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm):53.7 / 1365 (front)
53 / 1346 (rear)

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon - Standard Interior Features

  • 10-way power driver and front passenger seats
  • Adjustable front seat lumbar support
  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Audio system with navigation, single-slot CD player and Bose® surround sound 10-speaker system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Bluetooth® for phone interface
  • Cargo shade
  • 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 Wagon

Like the rest of the CTS-V variants, the wagon version gets its power from a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that develops 556 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 551 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. Mileage isn’t anything to be proud about at just 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon - Drivetrain Specifications

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: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 Wagon

The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon retails for $65,825, far more affordable than the price of the E63 AMG S. Premium add-ons could shoot the price up to the range of $80,000 plus, but that’s still less than you would pay compared to any of Germany’s finest.

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon$65,825
Premium Exterior Colors$495
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
Highway Safety Kit (Dealer-installed)$85
Wheel locks (Dealer-installed)$115
UltraView® power sunroof$1,150
Luggage rack, double cross bows$325
Black chrome grille (Dealer-installed)$870
Protective black outdoor car cover (Dealer-installed)$410
RECARO® performance seats$3,400
All-weather floor mats (Dealer-installed)$140
Sueded steering wheel and shift knob$300

Competition

2014 Mercedes E63 AMG S Wagon

Mercedes E 63 AMG S-Model

The new E63 AMG S-Model will be offered in both the sedan and station wagon versions, and will add a distinctive look when compared to a standard E63 AMG model, plus a more powerful engine. That’s about as high-quality as you can get for one of the best luxury sedans in the market.

The standard AMG 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine powers the E63 AMG S Wagon, although output has been updated to deliver an impressive 577 horsepower and a peak torque of 590 pound-feet of torque.

Price for the 2014 E63 AMG S shoots up to just north of $100,000 making it far more bruising on your pockets than a CTS-V Wagon would.

2013 Audi RS5

Audi RS6 Avant

The Audi RS6 Avant brings no major surprises on the outside, as every detail has been previewed by the sedan version. The RS6’s body is now made of 20-percent aluminum and features numerous components made from high-strength steel. As a result, the new R6 Avant is 220 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which helps it deliver improved power-to-weight ratio.

Under the hood, the RS6 Avant dropped its usual V-10 engine in favor of a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower between 5,700 and 6,700 rpm, and 516.29 pound-feet of torque between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. This engine is equipped with two large twin-scroll turbochargers and an additional intercooler inside the cylinder-bank valley – pretty creative use of space.

Over on the other side of the pond, the RS6 Avant retails for £77,000, which is about $124,000 based on the current exchange rates.

Conclusion

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

The CTS-V Wagon falls in the same problem as that of the coupe and sedan versions. Why buy the old one now when you can just wait for the next-generation model? That’s the all-encompassing conundrum with all these different versions of the CTS-V. If you can’t wait, it’s as good a purchase for a high-performing wagon as you can find, especially with its price tag.

But if you’re the patient type, we suggest you sit this one out just wait for next year’s model.

LOVE IT
  • More affordable than competing models
  • Has the legs and power to compete
  • Value for your money
LEAVE IT
  • Maintains that outdated CTS-V look
  • If money isn’t an issue, go with the E63 AMG S
  • Just be patient and wait for next year’s model

Press Release

A supercharged 6.2L V-8 is the power behind the CTS-V Wagon – a unique vehicle that blends the dramatic design of the CTS Sport Wagon with a drivetrain vetted on Germany’s famed Nürburgring. It delivers 556 horsepower (415 kW) and is backed by either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

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 Wagon offers three new exterior color choices – Phantom Gray Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Red Obsession Tintcoat (available at an extra cost) – and a new Sport Blue interior package.

Please see separate releases for CTS Sport Wagon, Coupe and the all-new 2014 CTS Sedan.

CTS-V Wagon design

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

The CTS-V Wagon 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.

The V-Series Wagon is essentially the same size as the CTS-V Sedan on the outside, but its unique cargo compartment nearly doubles carrying capacity, with 25.4 cubic feet (720 liters) of space behind the rear seats; and 58 cubic feet (1,644 liters) with the rear seat folded.

Additional exterior features include:

High-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting System are standard
Fog lamps are standard
Power liftgate is 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
Exterior colors: Phantom Gray Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Black Diamond Tricoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Opulent Blue Metallic and Red Obsession Tintcoat (extra cost).

CTS-V Wagon interior

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

The interior of the CTS-V Wagon features streamlined instrumentation, LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents. It includes performance seats featuring perforated sueded microfiber inserts designed to hold the driver and front passenger in place during cornering. Recaro performance driving 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 Alcantara, providing the luxurious character of suede.

Additional features include:

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
Heated front bucket seats with power eight-way driver and passenger adjustment, articulating head restraints and driver memory feature are standard on all trim levels
Recaro performance seats are optional and include heated/cooled feature and leather trim with microfiber suede inserts
Leather-trimmed steering wheel with auxiliary controls is standard and includes paddle-shift controls when the vehicle is equipped with the automatic transmission
Steering wheel with microfiber-trimmed rim is available and is packaged with microfiber-trimmed shift knob and Recaro performance seats.
Power sunroof is available
Interior color and trim choices include: Ebony seats with Ebony microfiber suede inserts and Light Titanium seats with Light Titanium microfiber suede inserts.

The new Sport Blue interior package offers Twilight Blue leather seating surfaces with sueded fabric inserts, sueded steering wheel rim and shift knob and Recaro performance seats, along with the Midnight Sapele Wood Trim package, for the instrument panel, console and door panels.

Supercharged performance

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

The CTS-V Wagon’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 Wagon – 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 Wagon driving experience

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

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.

Michelin partnered with Cadillac engineers to develop an exclusive Pilot Sport PS2 tire specifically engineered for the CTS-V Wagon. 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 Wagon safety and crash-avoidance features

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

CTS-V Wagon 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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