Cadillac is lacing up its boxing gloves for the upcoming auto-show season as it prepares to deliver a one-two punch with new V-series performance cars. The 2015 Cadillac ATS-V, America’s first honest shot at the BMW M3, will debut at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, which kicks off on November 19. Two months later, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will bow at the carmaker’s hometown auto show in Detroit. Both cars will go on sale in 2015.Our spy photographers have already snapped a preview of what to expect with the ATS-V, but the official reveal will expose the full extent of the changes inside and out, as well as under the hood and at the four corners. We do know the V-series ATS will provide a massive injection of thrust to an already-excellent chassis. A twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6—the same engine that’s used in the CTS Vsport—should turn out about 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic is a given, but it’s still not clear whether a … [Read more...] about Killer Vs: 2015 Cadillac ATS-V Headed to L.A. Auto Show, 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Follows Hot on its Heels at Detroit
The production run for the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition, set to take place in 2017 on behalf of the 2018 model year, will be limited to a scant 115 units to celebrate Cadillac’s 115th anniversary.Sounding like the proper name for a glitzy Jeep Grand Cherokee, the CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition operates with the same 640-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 of less costly CTS-Vs, but Cadillac demands $15,895 for the privilege.That brings the CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition’s price up to $103,885 including destination, a lofty sum for a performance-oriented Cadillac.Yet the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V GME — you can’t expect us to type Glacier Metallic Edition every time, not when Cadillac alternatively calls it “smoky light gray” — is more than just an anniversary paint job. The CTS-V GME still undercuts the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and Audi RS7 and is slathered with typically optional equipment. In fact, if you add all of the 115th … [Read more...] about 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition Celebrates Cadillac’s 115th, Commands a $15,895 Premium
Raise a glass to Cadillac, everyone—the brand is 115 years old and still kicking. To celebrate, Cadillac has revealed that it will build 115 CTS-V Glacier Metallic Editions. The automaker has specified that even though the special CTS-Vs are 2018 models, they are being built in 2017 (the year Cadillac turns 115, not 116).Not to rain on the parade, but it sure looks as though Cadillac forgot its own birthday, which is today—or at least was late to realize a marketing opportunity. Anyway, the Glacier Metallic Edition is meant to celebrate Cadillac’s birthday, and by golly, it’s gonna celebrate it. Every one comes with the light-gray paint, dark-red Brembo brake calipers, and 19-inch polished-aluminum wheels with Midnight Silver–painted accents. Together with the standard Carbon Fiber package with carbon splitter, hood vent, spoiler, and diffuser, the livery looks good. Inside, there are Jet Black Recaro sport seats and a standard Performance Data … [Read more...] about 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition: A Sort-Of 115th Birthday Product!
If any vehicle on the market today could be considered the automotive equivalent of baseball’s five-tool player, the Cadillac CTS-V wagon would be it. Okay, so a car doesn’t have batting power, or base-running or fielding abilities. But the CTS-V five-door has an undeniably broad portfolio of talents: It can eat corners like it does highway miles, devastate the ego of many a stoplight warrior, and haul kids or anything else you can fit through the hatch or on the roof. After the wagon collected two consecutive 10Best trophies starting in 2010 (2012 made it three in a row), we felt it was time for a 40,000-mile playoff with this automotive dynasty. Cadillac had one caveat: We had to help build the car. We saw the crafty hand of Caddy’s PR department in this gambit—“Of course it fell apart; you guys built it!”—but who wouldn’t play along? Besides, the potential for catastrophe was limited: We were only allowed to tack, stick, … [Read more...] about 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
What It Is The eagerly awaited bazooka version of the third-generation Cadillac CTS, designed to fight for America’s honor against its European competitors. Unfortunately, this time around, there won’t be a station wagon or a coupe—or a manual option. That’s a crime, but the automatic sedan is what sells. Why It Matters The first two generations of this velvet Vette have given Cadillac credibility among enthusiasts. The next one will sand down the few rough edges of its predecessors. The CTS-V is a halo car for the brand and for GM as a whole. Platform Broadly speaking, the CTS-V will use the ATS/CTS “Alpha” architecture, but with more aluminum onboard. Powertrain Power will come from a supercharged V-8, most likely the 6.2-liter LT4 from the new Corvette Z06. It will make at least 600 horsepower and send the squawk to the rear tires through GM’s new eight-speed automatic. … [Read more...] about 2016 Cadillac CTS-V: V Hungry for M, S, and AMG!
2016 Cadillac CTS-V 6.2-liter supercharged V8 (640 horsepower @ 6,400rpm; 630 lbs-ft @ 3,600 rpm)Eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive14 city / 21 highway / 17 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)16.5 (Observed, MPG)Base price: $85,990*As tested: $92,190** Prices include destination ($995) and gas guzzler tax ($1,000). It’s been almost two decades since BMW unleashed the E39 M5 on the motoring public, and the sport sedan segment has chased its ghost ever since. Not long after the BMW was crowned mythic perfection, Cadillac made a substantial shift in its development focus to court younger, more performance-minded buyers.Since then, Cadillac has generously pilfered the Corvette program parts bin to move the brand away from the retirement home and onto America’s non-existent Autobahn. In the meantime, BMW’s M Division has set its playbook on fire and begun heaping content onto its performance models.When the second generation CTS-V broke the production … [Read more...] about 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Review: More Than Brute Force
From the Twitter page of Juan Barnett comes a breakdown of sales of the last-gen Cadillac CTS. Including the CTS-V.As expected, wagons were a bit player in the CTS lineup. The V wagon made up just half a percent of the total sales, while making up around 8 percent of V sales. But given the marginal costs required to build a CTS-V wagon, it presumably ended up making money for GM.This time around, there will only be a sedan with an automatic gearbox. The Coupe and stick shift has gone to the ATS-V, while the wagon was lost to Cadillac’s aborted European foray, which necessitated the CTS wagon experiment. … [Read more...] about Chart Of The Day: How The Last Cadillac CTS-V Fared
There will be no manual transmission for the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, but that’s ok. If you’d like a coupe, or a stick shift, there’s always the ATS-V.On the other hand, the CTS-V is the only place to get a supercharged V8. In this case, it’s a variant of the Corvette Z06’s LT4 engine, making 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque.Backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission, the CTS-V also features a limited slip differential, magnetic ride shocks and launch control. Recaro sport seats are optional. … [Read more...] about 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Ditches Manual Gearbox, Multiple Bodystyles
“That’s not going to happen…Either you have to bring your volume aspirations into alignment with reality and accept that you will sell fewer cars. Or you have to drop the price and continue to transact at the prices where you were historically. I think the logical conclusion is that it’s better to build off a very solid base in terms of [product] credibility, charge a fair price for the car and realize you have to wait until the volume comes.”That quote was from Cadillac boss John De Nysschen in response to questions about cutting the prices of Cadillac models, which some dealers complained has risen too quickly. How quickly that’s changed.Automotive News reports that the 2015 Cadillac CTS models with a V6 engine will get a $3,000 price cut. Select models equipped with a 4-cylinder engine will get a $2,000 cut. The base price of $46,340 remains unchanged, while the top trim V-Sport with a twin turbo V6 engine will stay at $71,880.A Cadillac memo … [Read more...] about De Nysschen Back Tracks As Cadillac CTS Gets $3,000 Price Cut
The response to yesterday’s Digestible Collectible was perhaps the most one-sided I’ve seen since I started this series. It’s been made quite clear that an older BMW is not a good idea, even though I’d be likely to do my own work on the car.Still, I love the idea of a performance car that I can use to haul the family through the week and head out for a long road trip or a track day on the weekend.Sadly, my kids are getting too tall to ride in the back seat of a 911, and I doubt I could fit four mounted Hoosiers inside either.Enter LSX-FTW.I should know better than to even consider first year cars from the Big Three, but this 2004 Cadillac CTS-V looks remarkably clean and the Arizona location is appealing to an Ohioan who’s dealt with more than his fair share of body rot.I’m told the weakest link on these early Caddies is the differential. It either isn’t up to the power that the engine can produce, or the … [Read more...] about Digestible Collectible: 2004 Cadillac CTS-V