2015 - 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan

2015 - 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan
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    2015- 2016
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  • 0-60 time:
    6.1 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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    45100
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Cadillac’s latest edition of the CTS sedan builds off the high benchmark set by 2014’s generation change. Now in its third generation, the CTS is a formidable opponent to the German and Japanese rivals. Debuting for the first time in 2003, the CTS brought Cadillac’s ‘Art and Science’ theme to the forefront with an interesting, angular design that not only looked futuristic, but helped revitalize the brand’s dying appeal.

The CTS’s second generation built an empire atop the foundations laid. With a more luxurious feel and a beautifully trimmed interior, the 2008 became a true competitor in the sport luxury class. Things got even better in 2014 with the third generation CTS. The trend continued in 2015 thanks to a slight refresh that included a revised grille and an updated Caddy emblem. Updates arrive for 2016 as well, though it’s much more extensive. They include new wheels, a 360-degree camera system, and updated powertrains.

The CTS already has a bevy of telecommunications and connectivity additions, including OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging, along with an revised version of the Cadillac CUE infotainment system.

The new Cadillac crest debuted for 2015 as well, helping finalize the brand’s transition from your grandfather’s ride to its modern, vogue decedent. Gone is the wreath surrounding the crest. Now the crest is wider and shorter for a more youthful appearance.

Updated 10/13/2015: Cadillac announced that for the 2016 model year the CTS will receive an all-new 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. There are also three new exterior colors, and revised interior color and trim combinations.

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Top Midsize Sedans of 2018

Top Midsize Sedans of 2018

The best of the best in one of the most compelling and most competitive segments in the auto industry

SUVs have become the toast of the automotive world these days that it’s hard to argue against anyone who wants to buy one. It’s just that even though SUVs continue to grow in popularity, it can’t replicate the suave styling and sophistication of some of the most popular midsize sedans on the market today. The best midsize sedans are often those that give you the best of all words. They’re stylish, powerful, comfortable, and spacious. Some even combine all those qualities in one package. SUVs have these qualities, too, but they’re often a product of customers needing them as opposed to wanting them.

With midsize sedans, especially the luxury types, you don’t need space because you have a family to fit inside it, you want the space because you want to show off your ride to your friends. Likewise, you don’t need it to be powerful for your next weekend getaway. You want it to be powerful, so it grabs the attention of the people around you. In here is a list of the best midsize sedans of 2018. Pay attention to who made it because there’s a good chance that if you’re in the market for one, you’ll end up getting one of these models.

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CTS-V and ATS-V are Axed to Make Way for the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V

CTS-V and ATS-V are Axed to Make Way for the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V

Refreshing the Caddy lineup

Cadillac has announced it will reposition the recently revealed CT6 V-Sport as an actual V-branded model. That’s all well and good, but it apparently entails waving goodbye to the excellent ATS-V and CTS-V performance sedans. Both will be taken out of production by the spring of 2019, and in their place will be the CT6-V, once more performance bits are added on.

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2019 Cadillac CT5

2019 Cadillac CT5

Replacing the CTS with an Escala-inspired design

Having launched the CT6 in 2016, Cadillac is now working on replacing the other two sedans in its lineup. The five-year old third-generation CTS will be replaced in 2019, while the ATS nameplate, which has been on the market for only six years, will be phased out altogether after 2018. Both the CTS and ATS will be replaced by the CT5, with a smaller CT4 to be added in the future. While the latter is still a mystery, the CT5 was already spotted testing in the wild and it’s based on the Escala concept.

Rolled out on public roads in early 2018, the CT5 is very similar to the CTS as far as size goes, but it’s quite different by design. Not only sportier and more modern, it also has a new body style. While the CTS is a full-fledged sedan, the CT5 borrows the fastback layout of the Escala concept. With sedan sales dropping fast, it’s not surprising that Cadillac is going forward with a more streamlined body. The CT5 should break cover in late 2018 or early 2019. Meanwhile, let’s discuss what we already know about the upcoming sedan in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Cadillac CT5.

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Gorgeous Cadillac Coupe Concept revealed in patent drawings

Gorgeous Cadillac Coupe Concept revealed in patent drawings

It could preview the upcoming two-door CT5

Cadillac-made coupes are sexy as hell. Unfortunately, they’re quite rare nowadays. With the CTS Coupe already discontinued and the ATS set to go into the history books beyond 2018, Cadillac will have no two-door models on offer in a few months. Fortunately, this may change soon with the arrival of the CT5, which replaces the CTS. A series of leaked patent drawings confirm that Caddy may offer a coupe version too, and it’s downright gorgeous.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

It’s a good, modern American beast with a luxury badge - It doesn’t get better than this folks — at least not on this side of the pond, anyway!

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Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

How the GS stacks up against the Germans and Americans

This week has seen a 2017 Lexus GS 200t in my driveway, and after some 200 miles of mixed driving around town and down the Interstate, I started thinking about how it compared to another luxury sedan I’ve driven. This won’t be a true apples-to-apples comparison due to the wide variety of engine options and trim levels, however, but we’ll still make the best of it. Grains of salt are generously sprinkled atop the premise of this piece.

So, a little on the Lexus GS 200t. Well, it has the rather desirable F Sport package, meaning it has an upgraded suspension with summer performance tires designed for better handling, it has a more aggressive exterior appearance, and the interior is finished off with deeper bucket seats and some slightly flashier trim work. The F Sport package does not change anything about the engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces the same 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque as the non-F Sport version. It’s also worth noting that Lexus’ website calls the 2017 GS 200t the GS Turbo and that, for 2018, the car is renamed the GS 300. Read about the name change here.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

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The Cadillac CTS V-Sport Gets a Touch of Morello Red

The Cadillac CTS V-Sport Gets a Touch of Morello Red

A fresh paint and a handful of exclusive features help bring life to the CTS V-Sport

Cadillac has a new special edition for the CTS V-Sport. It’s called the Morello Red Edition, and it’s loaded with a new appearance package that brings new life to Caddy’s lesser-known sports sedan. As it is, the CTS V-Sport often has to take a back seat to the considerably more potent CTS-V. That’s a reality it has to deal with it. The Morello Red Edition aims to change that, and by accounts of what it has going for it, there’s enough exclusivity in the special edition sedan to flip that narrative, at least if you know where to look.

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2018 Cadillac CTS-V And ATS-V Championship Editions

2018 Cadillac CTS-V And ATS-V Championship Editions

Two commemorative models are available after Caddy’s title-clinching run at the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Cadillac is taking a page out of BMW’s playbook by rolling out a pair of special edition versions of the CTS-V and ATS-V in the wake of winning the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s premier Prototype class. The two models, called the Championship Editions, are limited to just 200 total units and will be available this month in Cadillac dealerships.

The American automaker’s success in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship included winning the 2017 Manufacturers’ title. It’s a remarkable achievement considering that it happened in the company’s return to endurance racing after a 14-year absence. In addition to the Manufacturers’ title, Caddy also played a role in helping Konica Minolta, one of the three teams that raced the DPi-V.R prototype race car, win the Teams’ title. Drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor also took home trophies after winning the series’ Driver’s title.

The troika of championship wins spurred Cadillac to roll out the CTS-V Championship Edition and the ATS-V Championship Edition Coupe. The two special edition models feature commemorative nods to Cadillac’s successful return to endurance racing, including special graphics, packages, and driving instruction sessions at the V-Performance Academy in Nevada.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V Championship Editions

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High Rollin': Five Sports Cars You Can Buy For Less Than The Price Of Tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

High Rollin’: Five Sports Cars You Can Buy For Less Than The Price Of Tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Those tires cost $93,000, folks.

Remember the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept? I’m sure most of you do because it’s on the short list of most incredible reveals in 2017. It’s essentially a more hardcore version of the Bugatti Chiron, and there’s only one of its kind in the world. Yes, it’s a legitimate one-of-one. It also happens to be super expensive and in the short life that it’s had, it’s already been owned by two people. Prince Badr bin Saud of Saudi Arabia was the hypercar’s original owner, who bought it from Bugatti for an undisclosed sum that’s rumored to be in the ten-figure range. It didn’t take long, though, for the Vision GT Concept to change owners as the one-off has found its way to the US courtesy of its new owner in Los Angeles.

As important as those things are, I’m here to talk about a startling discovery about the Vision Gran Turismo, and as some of you might expect, that “discovery” is related to its tires. Apparently - prepare to sit down for this one - a new set of tires for the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo costs $93,000. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s $93,000. No typos. No misprints. No nothing. $93,000 for a set of tires.

Granted, it’s not out of the ordinary for the tires of Bugatti’s supercars to fetch insane amounts. A set of brand-new tires for the Veyron, for example, costs around $50,000 and a similar set for the all-new Chiron is actually a bargain at just over $40,000. But the Vision GT Concept trumps both of them, and it’s not even close. The price for a set of new tires for the concept is so preposterous that I’ve actually managed to come up with a list of sports cars that you can buy brand new for less than the price of the Vision GT’s tires. This is the auto world we live in now, folks. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s dripping in absurdity.

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2017 Cadillac CTS-V – Driven

2017 Cadillac CTS-V – Driven

A high-class, four-door Camaro ZL1

This isn’t your grandfather’s Cadillac. Nope, this is the third-generation CTS-V – a 640-horsepower, rear-wheel drive sports sedan with cutting-edge technology under the skin and looks to kill. Oh, and it also hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and goes 200 mph. It rivals the best Germany has to offer, such as the Audi RS7, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and Porsche Panamera Turbo. This Caddy might not match the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for horsepower, but it definitely has more class.

I recently spent a week living with the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V, doing everything from grocery store runs and idling in the parent pickup line at the kiddo’s school to launching the blacked-out sedan down open blacktop as the 1.7-liter roots-type supercharger screamed atop its 6.2-liter small block V-8. There’s no doubt the CTS-V is a riot when it comes to performance, but just how good is it at being a Cadillac?

Continue reading for the full review of the Cadillac CTS-V.

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Even Cadillac's Key Feels High-Class

Even Cadillac’s Key Feels High-Class

Impressions of a car form before even getting in

This past week has seen a rather swanky 2017 Cadillac CTS-V in my driveway. While there is much to talk about with this 640-horsepower, four-door bullet and the way it muscles itself to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 200 mph, it’s still a Cadillac at the day’s end. As such, the small things matter. Little touches of luxury and flare are important, with even the smallest detail adding to the overall impression of the car. That’s why I’m so impressed with the Cadillac’s key fob. It just feels right in my hand.

Sure, its guts are plastic, but the outer rim is chromed metal that provides a nice weight to the key. Soft rubber covers the front and back side, making it easy to grip. The key’s overall shape is slightly curved to fit the palm of your hand. The buttons are both easy to see at a glance and easy to remember where they are. V-shaped ridges and a crease down the center help you easily locate the buttons without looking. This makes in-pocket operations very easy. Then again, since the Caddy has a keyless enter and go system, you never have to take the key out of your pocket.

There is one exception, though. The Cadillac has remote starting. By pressing the lock button twice and the ignition button once, the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 will roar to life. Being near the trunk is the best place to enjoy its startup bark, anyway.

Now, I’ve seen plenty of automakers use high-end keys to impart the feeling of luxury to the driver before ever opening the door. Still others fail miserably and provide a dull, cheap-feeling key fob that only detracts from an otherwise fine vehicle. Cadillac just got it right with both the shape and materials it uses. In other words, the key is befitting to a $100,000 luxury car.

What’s your favorite key fobs? How about your least favorite? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to include some photos!

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The Cadillac CTS-V Is The Camaro ZL1 For Gentlemen

The Cadillac CTS-V Is The Camaro ZL1 For Gentlemen

High horsepower for the debonair

Cadillac ain’t the automaker it used to be – and that’s a very good thing. Gone are the days of dull, heavy land yachts. The modern Cadillac brand is a swanky New York City-based company with an eye peeled for vogue, high-end luxury and power. It’s no wonder then why Cadillac’s third generation of CTS stands apart from anything in the General Motors fleet. However, GM is known for sharing engineering between its divisions, and the CTS-V is no different. It shares its Alpha platform with the current Chevrolet Camaro, along with its mighty heart, the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. It’s safe to call the CTS-V a four-door Camaro ZL1.

But the CTS-V is more than a reshaped Camaro ZL1. Naturally, Cadillac had to add some luxury and refinement to its Alpha beast. As such, you’ll find real carbon fiber and microfiber suede accenting large swaths of the cabin, hidden compartments actuated by electric motors, 16-way Recaro front seats, a massive panoramic moonroof, and GM’s Performance Data Recorder to capture all the action at the autocross circuit. There’s actually room for four adults inside, too, or five if times are desperate. The trunk is ready for a trip to the golf range or grocery store. The valley is also more likely to park your CTS-V out front since it looks like money incarnate. These are all things the Camaro ZL1 just isn’t built for. The ZL1 is a dedicated track monster that it’s still docile enough for everyday driving. The CTS-V is a Cadillac that just happens to have 640 horsepower, a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, and a 200-mph top speed. Oh, it’s also got seven heat exchangers to cool everything from the 1.7-liter root-type supercharger to the limited-slip rear differential. In other words, the Cadillac CTS-V is a gentleman’s version of the Camaro ZL1.

Continue reading for more on the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V.

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Quick Comparison – BMW M5 Vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Quick Comparison – BMW M5 Vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Germany takes on the U.S. for super sedan supremacy

The new BMW M5 has arrived, boasting a boatload of power, oodles of luxury, the traditional German refinement, and even a performance AWD system that’ll go full Gymkhana-RWD-smoke-machine at the touch of a button. Sweet. So then, it seems like all the stuff you’d expect, plus a ‘lil extra on top, right? Should be about right for anyone looking for superlative performance in a high-status package – a.k.a., the standard M5 owner. But here’s the thing - the Bavarians aren’t alone anymore. The luxury performance four-door segment has more than a few tempting options on hand at the moment – take, for example, the Cadillac CTS-V, a tire-shredding monster with every intention of toppling the Teutonic status quo. Both rock sports car specs, plus acres of hide and top-shelf opulence. So how do they line up?

To find out, we dug into the info sheets and laid it all on the table. In this quick comparison, we take a look at the exterior, interior, drivetrain, and prices for both, drawing a few conclusions on the way. Is the Caddy the new king, or can Bimmer reassert its dominance?

Continue reading for a quick comparison between the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V.

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2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition

Celebrates 115 years of Cadillac with a special paint

First introduced in 2002 as a successor to the Opel Omega-based Catera, the Cadillac CTS is already offered in its third-generation version. Updated in 2016 after three years on the market, the CTS spawned a new V version, powered by the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Quicker and more powerful than ever, the current CTS-V finally has everything it needs to give its German competition a run for the money, and with the latest BMW M5 having received an AWD system, it remains the only performance offering with rear-wheel-drive. With Cadillac celebrating its 115th anniversary in August 2017, the CTS-V gained a limited-edition version with special features.

Dubbed Glacier Metallic Edition, it’s limited to only 115 units and comes standard with both the Carbon Fiber and the Luxury packages. It also sports a bespoke exterior color and added equipment inside the cabin. It’s essentially a loaded CTS-V without any special features (outside the paint of course), but it’s exactly what limited-edition Caddys have been about in recent years. The Glacier Metallic Edition is already available at dealers, so if you want one, make sure you grab it before it’s too late.

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2019 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

2019 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Is Caddy’s cool and fast grocery getter making a comeback?

The Cadillac CTS was introduced back in 2002 as a replacement for the Opel Omega-based Catera, and since 2013 it’s being sold in its third-generation version. Much like its predecessors, the current CTS is also available in a performance-oriented CTS-V version. On the flipside, both the coupe and wagon were cancelled for the third-gen model, and there’s no sign that they will return anytime soon. But what if Cadillac would change its mind and produce a high-performance grocery getter?

I’m obviously talking about the CTS-V Wagon, the shortest lived version of the nameplate. First introduced in 2011, the CTS-V Wagon survived only until 2014, when Cadillac decided to axe it due to demand. The death of the CTS Wagon also marked the end of the last mid-size luxury wagon built in the United States, leaving only the Mercedes-Benz E-Class to compete in this niche. More recently, the Merc was joined by the new Volvo V90, but needless to say, wagon enthusiasts still don’t have too many options to choose from. So maybe it’s time Cadillac revives the CTS Wagon in both standard and V performance guises, especially with an updated third-gen sedan already in dealerships?

Continue reading to learn more about the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon.

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2017 Cadillac CTS

2017 Cadillac CTS

A mid-life refresh for America’s luxury four-door

The first-generation Cadillac CTS mid-size executive sedan debuted in 2002, heralding the luxury brand’s return to a RWD platform and becoming the first Cadillac model to offer a manual transmission in roughly 15 years. Initially offered as a sedan, the second-generation CTS debuted for the 2008 model year at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, adding a two-door coupe and a five-door sport wagon body style to the lineup, while also adding width and length to the exterior dimensions. The current third-generation model was revealed in March of 2013, with the coupe and wagon dropped in favor of a sedan body style only. Engine options for the third-gen include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6, as well as a new twin-turbo V-6 for the V-Sport model to fill the gap behind the high-performance supercharged CTS-V. Essentially designed to compete head-to-head with popular German rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 line, and Mercedes E-Class, the Cadillac CTS mixes opulence and comfort with speed and attitude, tempting buyers with an all-American alternative to the Euro status quo. To keep it fresh, Caddy updated the CTS for the 2017 model year with a slightly revamped exterior look, new interior technology, and a more “streamlined” approach to the various trim grades.

You could call it a mild refresh, with the usual facelift gloss all present and correct. So far, the critics have lauded the CTS for its luxurious cabin and fun factor behind the wheel, with Motor Trend giving the CTS its Car of the Year award in 2014, and Car and Driver awarding the model a spot on its 10 Best list three years running. But customers continue to pass it up in favor of a product from across the pond, which begs the question – is the CTS truly a worthy alternative?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Cadillac CTS.

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Motor Trend Pits The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Against The 2016 Lexus GS F

Motor Trend Pits The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Against The 2016 Lexus GS F

In a battle between on-the-rise premium performance sedans, which of the two is better?

On one side you have the all-American powerhouse and on the other you have the Japanese spitfire. It wasn’t always the case that we could describe a Cadillac and a Lexus in such glowing terms, but the times have definitely changed. The premium performance sedan segment isn’t just an exclusively European party anymore, not when you have both the Cadillac CTS-V and the Lexus GS F lurking in the background and ready to pounce. These two gnarly machines still have a ways to go before it can claim to being on the same plane as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63, but for what Cadillac and Lexus have come up with, that timetable may be sooner than later.

The boys at MotorTrend aren’t ones to waste an opportunity to line up two competing cars against one another and not surprisingly, that’s what we get here with the 2016 CTS-V and the 2016 GS F. Both models have their share of strengths, just as they do their warts. The CTS-V, for instance, packs a lot of power and drives wonderfully. The GS F, on the other hand, is one of the best handling cars in its segment and it also received a bump in power.

But which of the two is better? As is the case with match-ups like this one, it’ll probably boil down to a matter of preference for the customer. But that’s not going to stop MotorTrend from discussing what to look for when the choice boils down to the CTS-V and the GS F. Which is better on the road? Which handles its business on the track? This 26-minute episode has all the answers, so go check it out.

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2017 Cadillac CTS-V With Carbon Black Sport Package

2017 Cadillac CTS-V With Carbon Black Sport Package

Dark chrome and sportier interior give the lightning-fast CTS-V new meaning

The third-generation Cadillac CTS was launched for the 2014 model year and, unlike its predecessor, it received a more revolutionary styling with sportier cues. It also introduced the company’s new design language. The new generation also brought a more upscale interior and important changes in the engine lineup, which now includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. The high-performance CTS-V version arrived for the 2016 model year with a new supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood.

It’s been a year and a half since the V-series model made its public debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and Cadillac released a new special edition based on the high-performance sedan. Dubbed Carbon Black Sport Package, the new model gives customers the opportunity to buy a slightly more aggressive version of the CTS-V with darker accents on the outside and sportier features on the inside.

The CTS-V Carbon Black Sport Package debuted alongside similar bundles for the smaller ATS-V, as well as the milder ATS and CTS sedans. Details about pricing and availability are not yet available, but Cadillac revealed all the features that make the special-edition package special.

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Don't Like The Porsche Panamera? You've Got Other Spicy Options To Consider

Don’t Like The Porsche Panamera? You’ve Got Other Spicy Options To Consider

Take a look at a couple German cars and one American that I think are better than the Panamera

So the new Porsche Panamera has finally been unveiled, and everybody from Porsche itself to official media outlets, are treating the car like it’s the best thing to come since the invention of toilet paper. In all reality, the car is pretty sweet in its own regard. It’s a fair evolution of the previous model, comes with a great sound system and that sweet retractable spoiler. Plus, who can argue with a 440-horsepower V-6 or a 550-horsepower V-8 or the fact that the car emerged dominate on the Nürburgring? Well, the fact’s may be there, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Panamera, in my opinion, looks like someone drove one Porsche 911 up the ass of another and called in a Panamera.

That might sound a little harsh, but take a look at the car as a whole. The rear end, minus a few little details here and there – like the overall shape of the fascia and the location of the exhaust outlets – looks like the rear end of a 911. So, I look at the Panamera like a four-door 911. I’m sure I’m not the only person out there that feels this way.

The new Panamera starts out at $99,900 for the 4S and $146,900 for the Turbo, which, for the “fastest luxury sedan on earth” doesn’t seem like a bad price. But, what if you’re like me and don’t want to spend your $100,000 or $150,000 on a car like the Panamera? There are certainly other options out there, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

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Watch The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V HPE750 In Action: Video

Watch The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V HPE750 In Action: Video

Mercedes-AMG E63 who?

Powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, the new Cadillac CTS-V is definitely one of the most exciting high-performance sedans you can buy nowadays. However, if that enormous amount of oomph isn’t enough for you and you’re willing to accept a few aftermarket components on your pricey Caddy, the folks over at Hennessey Performance will be more than happy to inject a few extra horses in that V-8.

Specifically, Hennessey offers three upgrades for the CTS-V, one of which is the HPE750. Using various drivetrain upgrades, including a high-flow air induction system, new engine management calibration, and high-performance catalytic converters, the Texas-based firm adds an extra 117 horsepower and 152 pound-feet, taking the total output up to a whopping 757 horses and tire-shredding 782 pound-feet of twist. Hennessey even went as far as to develop a 1,000-horsepower sedan, but we’ll stick to the HPE750 for now since the company just released a new video of the beefed-up Caddy.

Not surprisingly, the CTS-V HPE750 is amazingly fast and its performance figures have been improved dramatically. While the standard model needs 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing, which is nothing to sneeze at, the HPE750 achieves the benchmark in 3.2 ticks, a half-second quicker! From 0 to 150 mph, the time drops from 17.8 to 15.4 seconds. The quarter mile takes only 11.2 seconds with the sedan crossing the line at 131 mph. Likewise, top speed jumps from 200 to an amazing 210 mph with the upgrade.

What’s more, the HPE750 sounds downright menacing under full throttle thanks to its massive V-8 and high-revving supercharger. Hit the play button to check it out.

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2016 Cadillac CTS Black Chrome Package

2016 Cadillac CTS Black Chrome Package

The midsize sedan gets new, stylish package

Introduced for the 2014 model year, following a significant overhaul inside and out, the third-generation Cadillac CTS has been around long enough to receive GM’s new eight-speed automatic transmission and even a high-performance CTS-V version. But, despite being praised for its driving dynamics and appealing drivetrain options, Caddy’s executive sedan has been a huge disappointment sales wise, with GM selling less than 30,000 units a year in both 2014 and 2015. Cadillac tried to boost sales by slashing the sticker by up to $3,000 in early 2015 and then by introducing new options and packages. For 2016, the CTS gets yet another special bundle, this time called the Black Chrome Package.

As the name suggests, the new option darkens some of the chrome on the outside of the vehicle. It also limits the body colors and drivetrains available, while trying to give the sedan a stealthier appearance.

The CTS Black Chrome Package was launched alongside a similar offering for the smaller ATS, yet another nameplate struggling to find new homes since 2015. For the ATS, the bundle is available for both the Coupe and Sedan.

Will this package boost CTS and ATS sales this year? It’s difficult to tell at this point, but until we find out you can learn more about the Black Chrome option below.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V By Hennessey

2016 Cadillac CTS-V By Hennessey

Hennessey Performance has a long history of taking already fast cars and pushing them to the limit. Cars like the 2015 Ford Mustang HPE700 or the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Hennessey are prime examples, but they have also focused on other cars that other tuners don’t give a second thought to. Case in point: The Cadillac CTS-V.

Back in 2011, they brought us cars like the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V V700 Sport Wagon and the V700 Coupe. In 2012, they put together the 1,000-horsepower CTS-V Coupe Twin Turbo V1000, and let’s not forget the 1,226-horsepower, 2013 Cadillac CTS-VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe. All of that was just the beginning, though, as Hennessey has now released three performance packages for the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

It might be hard to imagine stepping up the new CTS-V, considering it comes with a new 6.2-liter V-8 that pushes 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Even though it can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph, Hennessey decided to step it up even more. The three available upgrade packages promise to push the Cadillac to anywhere between 750 and 1,000 horsepower – depending on how much you want to spend. With that said, let’s take a look and see what Hennessey can do to the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V

2016 Cadillac CTS-V

The Cadillac CTS-V was launched in 2004 as a high-performance version of the CTS sedan. Aimed at fast sedans like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the CTS-V started out with a C5 Corvette-sourced LS6 V-8, rated at 400 horsepower. In its second generation, the sedan received a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 based on the LS9 mill found in the Corvette C6 ZR1. The LSA produced 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque and found its way into the station wagon and coupe versions the CTS-V received later on. Going into 2015, Cadillac is rolling out the highly anticipated, third-generation CTS-V. Based on the brand-new CTS sedan with a redesigned exterior and a roomier interior, the 2016 CTS-V brings more power, updated technology, and less weight to the table.

The third-gen sedan sound brilliant on paper, mostly due to its 640-horsepower V-8 and bespoke interior. Much like the ATS-V that was created to give the BMW M4 a run for its money, the CTS-V is packed with custom features unique to the V-series lineup and more power than its direct competitors can handle. But does it have what it takes to finally dethrone the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG from their spots at the top of the segment? Read on to find out.

Updated 11/17/2015: In its latest episode Jay Leno got to test the 2016 CTS-V. Hit play to see what he has to say about the first 200 mph Cadillac ever!

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Cadillac Wants Even More Powerful CTS-V

Cadillac Wants Even More Powerful CTS-V

With 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the 2016 CTS-V trumps its German competitors in the performance department, but Cadillac seems to think the sedan isn’t powerful enough. At least that’s what Automobile claims, adding that a "well-placed source" inside Cadillac says the GM-owned brand wants to inject even more oomph in the CTS-V.

As it turns out, Cadillac fears that once BMW and Mercedes-Benz launch updated versions of the M5 and E63 AMG, the CTS-V will no longer be on top. So even though the current sedan has 80 and 73 horsepower more than the M5 and E63 AMG S-Model, respectively, Cadillac already wants to up the ante in the output department to make sure that the CTS-V remains the most powerful mid-size. luxury.

"The Cold War continues. I don’t know where it stops, but it’s not at 640 horsepower, that’s for sure," the unnamed source told Automobile.

It’s not yet clear whether the CTS-V will get more power with the mid-cycle facelift, but a drivetrain upgrade is more likely to arrive with the next-generation sedan, which is at least five years away.

The current CTS-V uses the same supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and needs only 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Though it’s not the quickest premium mid-size out there (the E63 AMG S-Model needs 3.5 seconds for the same benchmark), the CTS-V comes with a mind-boggling 200-mph top speed.

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2015 - 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan

2015 - 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Cadillac’s latest edition of the CTS sedan builds off the high benchmark set by 2014’s generation change. Now in its third generation, the CTS is a formidable opponent to the German and Japanese rivals. Debuting for the first time in 2003, the CTS brought Cadillac’s ‘Art and Science’ theme to the forefront with an interesting, angular design that not only looked futuristic, but helped revitalize the brand’s dying appeal.

The CTS’s second generation built an empire atop the foundations laid. With a more luxurious feel and a beautifully trimmed interior, the 2008 became a true competitor in the sport luxury class. Things got even better in 2014 with the third generation CTS. The trend continued in 2015 thanks to a slight refresh that included a revised grille and an updated Caddy emblem. Updates arrive for 2016 as well, though it’s much more extensive. They include new wheels, a 360-degree camera system, and updated powertrains.

The CTS already has a bevy of telecommunications and connectivity additions, including OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging, along with an revised version of the Cadillac CUE infotainment system.

The new Cadillac crest debuted for 2015 as well, helping finalize the brand’s transition from your grandfather’s ride to its modern, vogue decedent. Gone is the wreath surrounding the crest. Now the crest is wider and shorter for a more youthful appearance.

Updated 10/13/2015: Cadillac announced that for the 2016 model year the CTS will receive an all-new 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. There are also three new exterior colors, and revised interior color and trim combinations.

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Cadillac Recalls 2015 ATS, CTS For Brake Issues

Cadillac Recalls 2015 ATS, CTS For Brake Issues

It definitely seems like the new-car smell these days comes with a side order of government recall notice. Takata airbag debacle aside, General Motors’ customers have been the hardest hit over the past year or so, and the hits just keep on coming.
This time, owners of brand-new 2015 Cadillac ATS and 2015 Cadillac CTS models will soon be getting that dreaded red-and-white “Safety Recall Notice” due to a potentially serious part failure that could prevent the driver from applying the brakes.

At fault is a brake pedal assembly that could break under normal use, leaving the driver without any braking ability. A total of 2,163 ATS and CTS models are affected by the recall, which consists of dealerships inspecting the brake pedal assembly bracket with a borescope. Of the recall population, an estimated two percent (about 43 cars) were fitted with a defective bracket, and will need to have the entire assembly replaced, which appears to be a major undertaking as the recall states 8.1 hours of labor time.

With more than 10,000 ATS and CTS models sold during the first quarter of this year, the odds are in favor of most owners not needing this fix, but it still sounds a little too much like a dangerous game of Russian roulette. The relatively small batch of cars was built between January 27 and March 24, and while the official recall notices aren’t being sent until August 1, owners can contact Cadillac customer service department at 1-800-458-8006 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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What is the Perfect Car?

What is the Perfect Car?

There’s no such thing as the "perfect car." There — said it right off the bat. Not because I subscribe to the platitude that perfection is completely subjective, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder or any of that. Objective standards do exist. For instance, objectively, Scarlett Johansson probably looks better in a bikini than Steve Buscemi. Any dissenting opinion there? No? That’s because we can apply certain dimensional criteria, certain mechanical evaluations to determine who likely wears Spandex best. The same is true for non-human machines, like cars.

Even so, finding "perfection" that way means setting criteria, as opposed to expecting perfection as some kind of absolute. Absolute perfection is always an ideal. It’s kind of like the North Star. You can use it to navigate, to figure out which direction you’re going; but no matter how long you sail toward it, you’ll probably never get perceptibly closer. You’ve got earthly limitations in the here and now that kind of preclude the possibility.

So for this article, we’re going to stick to the earthly limitations of the here and now. We’ll look at our guiding star of ideal perfection first, just to get a navigation point. But from there, we’re on our own, left to sail those uncharted waters to find the closest thing to automotive perfection, sticking as closely as possible to the shores of today’s technology.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V Formally Introduced to Audi, Mercedes, BMW

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Formally Introduced to Audi, Mercedes, BMW

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V made a big splash on its home turf when it was unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show, but with aspirations of taking on Europe’s finest and most-powerful sedans, a debut at the Geneva Motor Show may be even more important. But before they unveiled it under the bright Geneva lights, Cadillac’s European team took its new performance sedan on a little sight-seeing tour through Germany.

At each stop, the CTS-V is sitting pretty in front of its rivals’ homes, including the headquarters of BMW’s M division in Munich (next to an M3), the Audi quattro headquarters in Neckarsulm (with an R8 Spyder sitting in the window) and the Mercedes-AMG headquarters in Affalterbach (which has an image of the new AMG GT plastered on the side of it). In a friendly display of rivalry, Cadillac Europe posted all of the images to its Twitter feed.

While this little social media stunt was good fun, the true test comes later this year when the CTS-V hits European roads, going head-to-head against the Audi RS6, BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

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Video: McLaren MP4-12C Vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Video: McLaren MP4-12C Vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Every now and again we run across some crazy footage of people doing crazy or amazing things with their cars. In this case, it’s both. What you’re about to witness is a rolling start drag race between what looks like a stock McLaren MP4-12C and a modified, second-generation Cadillac CTS-V.

While we don’t have any information on the race nor its participants, the Caddy’s supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 is obviously massaged into making a touch more than its stock 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Aftermarket wheels and tires further tip off the Caddy’s hidden potential.

The drag race starts off innocently enough with both cars rolling to the start line. At that point, it’s all gas. The GM small-block’s supercharger whines like a baby at midnight as the Caddy crosses the line ahead of the 616-horsepower, $239,400-McLaren supercar.

This race just goes to show you; a little know-how, some good aftermarket parts, and a solid project car can become something unbelievable.

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5 Best Sleeper Cars of 2014

5 Best Sleeper Cars of 2014

The term "sleeper car" goes back to the 1950s, when American manufacturers started building high output cars that would eventually spawn into muscle cars a decade later. Tracking the first sleeper is a daunting task, but most stories lead to the 1955 Chrysler C-300, a two-door, luxury coupe motivated by a 5.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 300 horsepower. It was the first production passenger car to come with 300 ponies on tap and a design that had nothing to say about that. The "all go and no show" car was born, a trend that would continue with vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, the Lotus Carlton or the Audi RS2 Avant.

Sleepers are still among us in 2014. Looking for a very fast car that doesn’t scream "I’m fast as a bullet!"? There are plenty of options to choose from that cover various segments. Sedans, wagons, SUVs, you name it. Be careful though, you might miss them due to their bland styling. Make sure you have a look under the hood and check that spec sheet.

Meanwhile, I put together a list of Top 5 Sleeper Cars available today. It includes a few American-built vehicles, and a couple more coming from cold, snowy Sweden and rugby-loving Australia. Check them out past the jump and tell me your thoughts in the comments section. Did I miss anything? Is there a vehicle that shouldn’t be on this list?

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Cadillac Prepares Advanced "Intelligent and Connected" Vehicles for 2017

Cadillac Prepares Advanced "Intelligent and Connected" Vehicles for 2017

Cadillac recently dropped a press release in our inbox that contained plans to offer advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on some 2017 model year vehicles. Naturally, our curiosity kicked in because words like “intelligent” and “connected” have become even more important in today’s auto industry. So we read through the release and found some nuggets of information that indicated what Caddy’s got up its sleeve.

The first technological advancement will be an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise. A yet-to-be-named 2017 Cadillac will feature this new system, which will offer customers improved driving experience through hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. Super Cruise is being developed to become a boon for drivers, specifically those driving on highways under a variety of road conditions. The description’s pretty interesting, although it’s hard to judge how effective it’s going to be until we see it in action.

Moving on, Cadillac also announced that the 2017 CTS Sedan will feature vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. According to the automaker, this new system is supposed to improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving safety information between vehicles that are approaching each other. It’s going to be like these cars will be able to talk to each other and warn drivers of incoming road conditions that they can avoid beforehand.

We’re not sure how that’s going to work on surface streets, but on the highway, drivers can use these kinds of information to divert their routes before they get stuck in traffic.

That’s pretty cool.

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Video: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Testing On The Nurburgring

Video: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Testing On The Nurburgring

America has taken the Nurburgring track by storm this summer. Not only is Ford testing the upcoming Mustang SVT, but Cadillac too went to Germany to put the hotter, V-badged versions of the CTS and ATS through their paces. We’ve already seen the beefed-up sedans smoke their tires around Nordschleife, thanks to our skilled spy photographers, while video footage showed the ATS-V is fast enough for some rally-like jumping.

Thanks to TouriClips, who spends and awful lot of time on the "Green Hell" (and we’re thankful for that), we can now have a better look at the CTS-V too. Our previous spy shots indicated that the sedan felt quite cozy on the ’Ring, and the video comes to prove we weren’t just whistling dixie. The CTS-V looks planted and composed through the track’s corners, suggesting that the extra power stuffed under the hood comes with a great deal of chassis updates and precise handling.

Although the high-performance sedan is still hidden under swirly camouflage, the footage hints there’s a whining, supercharged engine between the front wheels. This can only mean the CTS-V will be launched with the same 6.2-liter, V-8 powerplant fitted in the 2015 Corvette Z06. Previous reports suggested Cadillac could use a twin-turbo, 4.5-liter V-8, but that scenario seems less likely. Hit the play button and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 022 LIVE - "Technical Difficulties"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 022 LIVE - "Technical Difficulties"

Hey everyone, welcome to Episode 022 of the TopSpeed.com Podcast.
This week is a little weird, so let me start with an apology. I am traveling this week, and I have some pretty terrible internet. The result is that the first 10 minutes or so of the show is pretty laggy and hard to listen to. Thankfully we came up with an idea to fix it, and the show gets better. So, thanks for sticking with us, and sorry about the technical issues.

Once the show finally gets moving, we cover Weekly Wheels in which Mark discusses the Cadillac CTS and I talk about the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Sadly, Justin had no new toys last week.

For news we covered a lot of topics from the new CTS-V and the Ford Mustang SVT on the Nurburgring, to special one-off versions of the BMW i8 and the new Polaris Slingshot. A Corvette powered Darth Vader helmet and the death of the VW Eos also make an appearance.

We make our way over to viewer questions and take a minute to discuss what cars we are most looking forward to next year, and we talk about how well our wives can drive. That part got a little strange…

We finish out the show with a trio of James Bond cars in Own, Drive, Burn.

We want to thank everyone who stuck with us through the live show, and I would like to apologize again for the issues at the start of the show. Normal service will resume next week.

Have a safe week, and a wonderful weekend everyone.

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2014 Cadillac CTS - Driven

2014 Cadillac CTS - Driven

Cadillac has come a long way in the last 12 years. Before the CTS, the brand was suffering a slow and agonizing demise, exacerbated by the popularity of several European luxury brands. That first-generation CTS helped pull the iconic American brand upward. Lasting from 2003 through 2007, the first generation established Cadillac’s new "Art and Science" design theme that still continues today. For 2008, the second-generation CTS rolled off assembly lines. It was a quantum leap forward in quality, reliability, and even desirability. Now entering its third generation, the 2014 Cadillac CTS has again made a quantum leap forward in nearly every imaginable way.

Its exterior carries a futuristic interpretation of the "Art and Science" theme while the interior still features an angular and sophisticated look. Under the hood lies three high-tech engines capable of hustling the 3,600-pound sedan to 60 mph in roughly six seconds or faster, yet still achieve 30 mpg highway.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of Cadillac’s new midsize sedan and came away with great impressions and high hopes for the luxury brand’s future.

The full report and video review are just below the jump.

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Spy Shots: Cadillac CTS-V Smokes its Tires on the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Cadillac CTS-V Smokes its Tires on the Nurburgring

It’s been only a couple of days since Cadillac unloaded a pair of CTS-Vs in Germany for some extensive testing on the Nurburgring track, and we just got word that the high-performance sedans have again unleashed their force-fed ponies on the "Green Hell." In fact, we have some new spy shots to share with you guys and gals, as well as a few juicy bits about the CTS-V’s brand-new engine.

It seems the 2016 CTS-V feels quite cozy on the Nordschleife and that’s good news for both Cadillac and muscle sedan enthusiasts. The current-gen CTS-V already benefits from tons of horsepower and torque to go along with good dynamics and precise handling. The spy shots show the added power won’t make the next CTS-V less agile. On the contrary, the new chassis updates have improved on the car’s skills in that department. Cadillac is looking to tighten the gap between the high-performance sedan and its popular competitors — the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG — and the next-gen CTS-V might be able to do just that.

But until it hits dealerships and starts barking up the German high-performance tree, let’s see what’s new on the CTS-V prototypes caught lapping the Nurburgring track.

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2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Although the Cadillac CTS Sedan arrived with a brand new face at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, its performance-oriented cousins have yet to receive the updated look.

The entire CTS-V lineup, consisting of sedan, coupe and wagon models, charged into 2014 without major modifications, with Cadillac hoping to lure customers from BMW or Audi with more horsepower for less bucks.

That won’t change much for the first half of the 2015 model year, at least not as far as the CTS-V is concerned, as the manufacturer opted to end the current-generation model with a special edition two-door that will be available in the second half of 2014.

Only 500 of these cars will be built and sold with a number of exclusive features to complement the host of luxury amenities already offered with the CTS-V Coupe. The special edition model will provide passage between the current-generation version and the brand-new coupe that’s scheduled to break cover next year.

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2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

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.

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2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

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.

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2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe may be long in the tooth, but it still has some surprisingly springy legs, which a testament to how far Cadillac has come in turning this high-powered CTS Coupe into a real luxury sports coupe.

Unfortunately, the CTS-V Coupe didn’t get the same love from Cadillac as far as looks are concerned. That honor was bestowed to the all-new CTS Sedan, and judging by how well-received the CTS Sedan was when it made its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the CTS-V should have reason for optimism when it gets its due turn in the new-generation design.

For now, though, the 2014 CTS-V Coupe trudges on with relatively minor updates since it made its debut in 2008. It’s a risky move for Cadillac, especially when a lot of customers can just opt to sit back and wait for the new-look CTS-V Coupe to arrive.

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World Car of the Year Candidates Officially Announced

Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show. Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf.

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

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Video: Meet The World's Most Powerful Cadillac CTS-V

Video: Meet The World’s Most Powerful Cadillac CTS-V

A standard Cadillac CTS-V is powered by a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 that delivers a total of 556 horsepower, which is downright amazing for a sports sedan. From here to 1,309 horsepower is a very long way and requires tons of updates. But this is exactly the amount of power that this CTS-V, known as the most powerful one in the world, happens to have.

In order to obtain this amazing amount of power, the owner of this CTS-V updated the supercharged V-8 with a pair of Precision turbochargers, an air-to-water intercooler and heavy-duty gearbox. With these updates in tow, he now owns the most powerful CTS-V in the world — at least the most powerful one that we know of.

Check out the video to see this 1,309-horsepower CTS-V on the dyno and have a listen to this monster. It is music to our ears.

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Cadillac Becomes Fastest-Growing Luxury Brand in 2013

Cadillac Becomes Fastest-Growing Luxury Brand in 2013

Cadillac was founded in 1902 by Henry Leland and only seven years later, General Motors acquired it. Currently, Caddy is one of the oldest automakers in the world, and it delivers cars to the U.S. and 34 additional markets worldwide.

Cadillac has always been a very successful company, plus it was the first American car to win the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England. In 2013, however, its success grew even further, as Cadillac enjoyed a 21-percent increase in sales, with almost 185,000 units delivered worldwide. The overall sales number marked the most since 2007 and the overall brand growth made it the fastest-growing luxury brand in 2013, which is obviously a byproduct of the brand’s largest expansion since 1976.

As you probably expect, the greatest success in the lineup went to the new sedans — the ATS and CTS — which saw sales improvement of 48 percent over 2012 sedan sales numbers.

The 2014 ELR had a late hand in boosting the overall sales numbers, as deliveries began in December.

Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s sales leader for 2013, the ATS.

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MotorTrend Names 2014 Cadillac CTS Car Of The Year

MotorTrend Names 2014 Cadillac CTS Car Of The Year

Our friends over at MotorTrend have just announced their 2014 pick for the rather prestigious Car Of The Year award. The MT team had their work cut out for them with a large 22-car field, but after running their battery of tests, the 2014 Cadillac CTS took home the Golden Calipers.

As Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh explains in the video, the cars are not compared directly to each other, but against six key criteria: Advancement in design, safety, efficiency, engineering excellence, performance of intended function and value. The CTS had each in spades.

The CTS is offered with three engines that are not tied to trim levels, making the number of build combinations quite numerous. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged in-line four makes respectable power while keeping fuel bills low. The naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter, V-6 makes strong numbers as well and certainly won’t leave owners with buyer’s remorse. That is, unless, you’re looking for a driver’s car. Then the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter, V-6 making 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque within the CTS Vsport fits the bill.

A chassis that’s hundreds of pounds lighter than the competition, coupled with the optional Magnetic Ride Control, make the CTS handle like a surgeon’s scalpel. And speaking of scalpels, MotorTrend had only great things to say about the cutting-edge design of the CTS’ exterior. The long LED accent lights that fall from the fenders to the lower front fascia were a particular area of interest for the judges.

The contender’s field may have been 22 cars deep, but the CTS was the one that met or exceeded the judges six criteria in a big way. Cheers to Cadillac who has come so far in the last 10 years.

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Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan

2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan

The Cadillac CTS was not the best-received model that the luxury automaker released when it debuted back in 2008. Despite its lukewarm reception, it has grown on buyers and has really blossomed into quite the staple in Caddy’s lineup. Now, at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Cadillac has unveiled the third-generation CTS Sedan, but no coupe model yet.

Unfortunately for Cadillac, the images had leaked several days before the model actually debuted, so we already knew what it would look like. However, there are still plenty of details left unknown. For example, we have no clue what model will receive that sexy, sexy twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. We also have no clue what features the new CTS will include.

Well, all of the mysteries can be laid to rest today, as Cadillac has officially released all of the information on the upcoming CTS.

Updated 06/13/2013: Cadillac announced today prices for the 2014 CTS sedan that will arrive in dealerships this fall. Click past the jump to find out how much you have to pay for the new CTS.

Updated 8/27/2013: GM took the CTS Vsport to the Nurburgring and laid down a healthy 8:14.10. You can read more about the run and see two videos of the run after the jump.

Updated 9/27/2013: Cadillac has unveiled the configurator for the 2014 CTS. The models starts off at $45,100 and caps off with a fully loaded CTS Vsport model at $72,300. Check out the configurator for yourself here.

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Cadillac to Auction First CTS VSport

The 2014 CTS Sedan has definitely grown on a lot of people. Actually, it’s become quite popular in the years that it’s been around, so much so that Cadillac has decided to send the first performance version of the new CTS, dubbed the CTS VSport, to the auction block.

The car will be donated by General Motors to the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Foundation where it will then be auctioned off at a Barrett-Jackson auction later this year.

The proceeds of the auction, which we expect to be quite significant for a CTS VSport, will then head to the foundation’s outreach programs.

GM and Cadillac decided to donate the car after its own senior VP for product development, Mary Barra, was bestowed with the prestigious Industry Leadership Award, becoming the first woman in the SAE’s history to be given such an honor.

Click past the jump to read about the Cadillac CTS VSport

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2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Pirelli World Challenge

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Pirelli World Challenge

Cadillac has just released details on the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe that will be used in the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Series where the team hopes to obtain the same success it did during the 2012 racing season. In the race the CTS-V will have to take on models from Audi, Mercedes, Aston Martin and BMW.

The CTS-V Coupe Pirelli World Challenge was tested for just two days, but Andy Pilgrim says he is pretty confident the car will do great this year. No other details have been offered on the race version, but it looks like when compared to the standard version it received a more aggressive exterior kit, with a huge rear wing that will deliver improved dynamics at high speeds.

Under the hood, the road-going model uses a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 556 horsepower and a peak torque of 551 pound-feet of torque. The race-ready model will likely undergo a little tweaking for the race.

Hit the jump for the press release and the official statements.

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Next Cadillac CTS-V May Get a Boosted LT1 Engine; ATS-V to Get Boost too

Next Cadillac CTS-V May Get a Boosted LT1 Engine; ATS-V to Get Boost too

Now that we know the next-generation CTS will make its world debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show next month, we can also expect a new-generation CTS-V. First details on the model suggest it will be powered by a new forced-induction version of the new LT1 V-8 engine we have seen in the Corvette Stingray. Rumors suggest that Caddy is developing both a twin-turbo and a supercharged variant of this engine and one of them will be used in the CTS-V.

The ATS-V on the other hand will get a twin-turbo V-6 engine, while a V-8 version could still be offered in some kind of "ATS-V Plus" version.

Now, it’s time for a bad news: it looks like the idea of a new flagship sedan built on the Omega-platform has been dropped. It is also very possible that we will not to see a coupe and station wagon variant for the next generation CTS.

Also, it is very possible to see a new Cadillac naming strategy in the near future, because it looks like clients aren’t very happy with the current names offered by the company.

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2013 Cadillac CTS-V Silver Frost and Stealth Blue Limited Edition

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Silver Frost and Stealth Blue Limited Edition

It looks like Cadillac is preparing to say "Good Bye" to the current-generation CTS in a very nice way: with two special editions based on the CTS Coupe and V-Series models. First there will be a CTS-V Coupe Silver Frost Edition limited to just 100 units and the second a Stealth Blue edition. Both new editions will arrive in March.

As their name suggest, the two new special editions will be pretty much about the exterior colors, with no updates under the hood. The Silver Frost edition will also get a new set of high-polished or satin-graphite wheels combined with brake caliper in yellow or red. On the interior the only updates will be limited to a suede-covered steering wheel and shift knob.

The Stealth Blue will get a dark finish grille, plus a new set of wheels painted in satin and combined with silver calipers. On the interior it will add Recaro performance seats.

Hit the jump to read more about the Cadillac CTS-V Silver Frost and Stealth Blue Limited Edition.

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2014 Cadillac CTS Accidentally Unveiled by GM

2014 Cadillac CTS Accidentally Unveiled by GM

You know what they say that there is nothing like an accident? This is pretty much what happened with the next-generation Cadillac CTS, as people say General Motor “accidentally” dropped an image of the next CTS online, but we don’t believe in accidents. The "accidental" image appeared online, while Cadillac unveiled theELR winter chassis testing.

In fact, this sounds pretty much like a confirmation of the previous rumors: the new-generation CTS will be unveiled sometime this year and the production will begin at the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in September of 2013.

The second-generation Cadillac CTS will move from the current Sigma platform to GM’s new Alpha platform. Under the hood, we will see a lineup of new engines: the standard model will get a 270-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine borrowed from the ATS and the top version will keep the current 3.6-liter V6 engine. The CTS-V version could use a 6.2-liter V8 engine with an output of more than 556 horsepower.

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Video: Traxxas Does it Again With the Slash RC, Blows Away the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Video: Traxxas Does it Again With the Slash RC, Blows Away the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

RC manufacturer Traxxas has been featured in our pages on numerous occasions and rightfully so, because when it comes to top speed, their RC racecars are far ahead of the competition.

And as it turns out, they’re even faster than some of the today’s more powerful production cars.

The latter was displayed at a recent drag "event," featuring a Cadillac CTS-V Sports Wagon and Traxxas’ Slash RC car owned by YouTube user hightechcorvette. Common logic suggests that the former, thanks to its 556-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine would be too much even for a pocket rocket like the Slash RC.

Well, throw out common logic out the window because the Slash RC not only held its own against the CTS-V, it even blew it off of the strip with the kind of diminutive fury that Traxxas RC cars have come to be known for.

There’s a reason why Traxxas sells their RC cars for a pretty penny. That reason was fully displayed in this video.

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2012 Cadillac CTS-V with D2Forged wheels

2012 Cadillac CTS-V with D2Forged wheels

Cadillac CTS-V is a perfect car from factory, so updating it makes absolutely no sense. In fact if you are taking a closer look at the model’s short history you will notice that there is almost no tuner to offer significant changes for the model.

All the changes we have seen were limited to minor exterior updates, new wheels and a few extra ponies under the hood. Today the guys over D2Forged applied the same treatment and improved the look of the CTS-V with a new set of wheels.

We are talking about a new set of wheels in 11 spoke design featuring unique detail fluting and an aggressive, sporty aesthetic. The wheels measure 21×9.5 at the front and 21×11 at the rear, with classic step lip configuration preventing the center from looking too large. The new wheels were combined with titanium brushed center and hi-polished lip finishing and the perfect Caddy wheel is complete!

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2012 Cadillac CTS-V by Geiger Cars

2012 Cadillac CTS-V by Geiger Cars

Is it safe to say that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe doesn’t get the love it deserves? We certainly think so because if it did get its due recognition, we’d have more aftermarket companies presenting programs for the American sports car.

Thankfully, the fine folks from Geiger Cars are one with us in this thinking. With a penchant for taking American sports cars and adding a nice aftermarket flavor to them, these folks went to work on Cadillac’s pride and joy, the CTS-V Coupe.

In stock form, the CTS-V Coupe is already a beast on four wheels, but thanks to a collaborative mix of a new engine software, camshafts, and a new sports exhaust system, Geiger Cars was able to bring the CTS-V’s output right smack in the middle of supercar territory. 620 horsepower with a new top speed of 218 mph.

Finishing their program for the CTS-V Coupe, Geiger Cars also fitted new front and rear stabilizers, as well as a new set of 19" wheels and high-performance brakes.

So how much is the car going to cost with all the modifications included? This big boy will set customers’ back €125,270, which is about $164,000 based on current exchange rates.

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2013 Cadillac CTS-VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe by Hennessey

2013 Cadillac CTS-VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe by Hennessey

Hennessey is one of our favorite supercar builders of all times. Its engineers take cars that are already exciting, like the Lotus Elise, and turn them into monsters, like the Venom GT. Hennessey has again broken its own mold by taking a Cadillac CTS-V, an already bad-ass ride, and converting it into the VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe.

This monster is fresh off of the press too, as Hennessey has just revealed all of its features and specifications. As expected from Hennessey, it produces incredible horsepower, torque, and speed numbers, plus it boasts extreme body modifications.

The real test is whether this VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe really belongs in the Hennessey lineup and if it’s prepared to slay the likes of the Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, and the rest of the top supercars.

Click past the jump to read all about this CTS-V turned hypercar and find out if it lives up to its billing.

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2009 - 2012 Cadillac CTS-V by Lingenfelter

2009 - 2012 Cadillac CTS-V by Lingenfelter

The Cadillac CTS-V is already one of the most bad-ass Cadillacs every built and one of the most awesome luxury cars available. It’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine pumps out a stout 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque straight from the dealer. If you find these supercar-like numbers a little sub-par for your driving style, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) has a solution for you.

LPE has recently released a trio of kits that cover all CTS-V models from 2009 through 2012. The packages range from mild modifications that give you a slight, yet noticeable, bump in power to extreme power increases with serious modification. The biggest issue, besides finding the funds, is choosing the kit that fits you best. Regardless of the kit you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Click past the jump to read all about these three LPE kits and what they can do for your CTS-V.

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i.am Smashes His ₤100,000 Cadillac into a Parked Car

Will.i.am has again made it onto our radar. This time, however, it’s not for another disastrous customization that he pawns off as a “new model” in his supposed “car company.” This time around, Will.i.am slammed a Cadillac worth ₤100,000 ($157,830 at current exchange rates) into a parked car.

The first thing we are trying to figure out is what Cadillac Will.i.am has that costs ₤100,000. The most expensive Caddy available in the U.K. now is the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, and that only runs about ₤85,000, including the VAT. The only other car we can come up with is an older XLR-V, which is the likely culprit.

Fortunately, the pop star escaped the accident with only a bloody nose and whiplash, as did his passenger, Cheryl Cole. The crash took place at about 3:30 am, following a recording session, and the details are still rather sketchy. We’re not too sure what exactly cause the wreck, but we are upset to learn that the parked car was not his “I.am Auto Concept car (AKA a thoroughly thrashed and trashed Delorean).

According to the report, only I.am’s air bag inflated and Cole hit something slightly less forgiving than the air bag – the dashboard. We’ll keep an eye out fir a cause if the accident here, but it’s doubtful that we will hear one.

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