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2020 Cadillac CT5

2020 Cadillac CT5

The CT5 replaces the CTS with an Escala-inspired design

The Cadillac CT5 is the company’s long-anticipated replacement for the already iconic CTS. Spotted testing for more than a year now, the CT5 was unveiled in March 2019 and made its public debut at the 2019 New York Motor Show. The CT5 broke cover with a surprising design. While the CTS is a traditional three-box sedan with a long deck lid, the CT5 is more of a fastback sedan, with a sloping roof that descends toward the edge of the rear fascia.

Needless to say, it’s an interesting approach for an automaker that just axed all four-door sedans save for the flagship CT6. The CT5 also boasts a brand-new interior that includes more premium materials, better fit and finish, and state-of-the-art technology. It’s also packed with new driving assistance systems, as well as an innovative semi-autonomous system. Power comes from a couple of turbocharged engines, but the CT5 still lacks a high-performance variant. Let’s take a closer look at Cadillac’s new midsize sedan in the review below.

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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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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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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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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Cadillac CTS-V With Carbon Black Sport Package.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V By Hennessey.

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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!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Cadillac CTS.

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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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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

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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.

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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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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.

Click past the jump to read all of the information on the 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan

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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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