At a private event held on the eve of the New York Auto Show we just got our first close up look of the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon concept car. When it does go on sale later this year the production model won’t be quite as lavish inside. After all, the rear seats of the concept feature a tremendous amount of Alcantara – which looks deliciously good and would be nice to see on a production model. But that’s just not realistic. Heck, there’s even Alcantara coating the dash panels that are covered by the doors. Unfortunately, however, some of the switchgear is starting to look a bit old and that is sure to carry over to the street car.
As for the rest of the vehicle, it should remain pretty much intact all the way to the assembly line, offering a compelling alternative to the Mercedes E63 Wagon. While we doubt how many of these vehicles Cadillac will be able to sell in North America we were assured that it doesn’t cost the company much to build a V version of the wagon and so they decided to add it to the lineup. Initially we thought the car might be aimed more towards the European market where uber-wagons are appreciated, but Cadillac PR Rep David Caldwell assured us that wasn’t the case, as Cadillac’s market penetration is still too small in Europe to design a model specifically to fill a need (or should we say want) there.
Cadillac will still sell the car in Europe and the Middle East, but the primary target consumer is in the U.S.
Like the rest of the CTS-V models, the Sport Wagon gets the same incredibly powerful supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 556-hp and 551 ft lbs of torque – which we love so much in the sedan. It also gets the now-trademark massive front grille, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires and Magnetic Ride Control. Oh, and like the rest of the CTS-V models, Caddy has made the decision to offer both a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission.
Cadillac hasn’t released any performance numbers, but with the Sedan rated at just under four seconds to 60 mph, we expect a tick over that time in wagon form. That’s a small price to pay for the functionality of 25.4 cubic feet of cargo room with a total of 58 cu.-ft. with the rear seats folded flat. That’s of course putting aside the less practical 14/19 mpg (city/highway) rating.
GALLERY: Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Concept
Official release after the jump:
CADILLAC CTS-V SPORT WAGON SHOW CAR DEBUTS AT THE NEW YORK
V-Series performance combined with dramatic CTS Sport Wagon design
556-hp (415-kW) supercharged 6.2L V-8
Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with steering wheel shift controls
Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires
Limited availability beginning in late 2010
NEW YORK – Cadillac today unveiled the CTS-V Sport Wagon show car,
foreshadowing the next addition to its V-Series performance line. It combines the
performance and luxury of the landmark CTS-V Sport Sedan with the dramatic design of
the CTS Sport Wagon.
“The CTS-V Sport Wagon is a natural extension of both the V-Series and the CTS
lineup, offering an uncompromising performance car to enthusiasts who want the extra
room of a wagon,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The V-Series
Sport Wagon is another hallmark of the dramatic presence and power of Cadillac
The exterior is finished in Midnight Silver, first seen on the Cadillac Sixteen Concept,
and accented by lustrous Liquid Silver-finished wheels and a black chrome finish on the
grille’s mesh insert. The rear fascia, upper spoiler and center high-mounted stop lamp
are also unique to the show car.
Inside, the CTS-V Sport Wagon show car is trimmed in exclusive black leather with
Alcantara accents. The upper section of the instrument panel and upper door panels are
covered in the same premium leather, accented with midnight Sapele wood, while the
microfiber material and stitching is applied to the lower door panels, pillars, console lid,
headliner and steering wheel center. The show car features fine-grain black leather-
trimmed Recaro seats with Alcantara seat inserts. The seat inserts are divided in the
center and accented with dark gray stitching, while the V-series logo is laser etched into
the seatbacks. Obsidian Black accents grace the center stack, console, steering wheel
and door panels.
The show car’s bespoke color and trim elements hint at the potential direction of color
and trim in future Cadillac models. These elements are not yet intended for production,
but represent Cadillac’s desire to gauge customer reaction to new color and trim options.
Production CTS-V Sport Wagon
The CTS-V Sport Wagon will go into production in late 2010, with initial sales in North
America, followed by export markets including Europe and the Middle East. The new
model rounds out the V-Series offerings, which include all variants of the CTS family’s
sedan, coupe and sport wagon body styles.
Like its sedan and coupe stable mates, the CTS-V Sport Wagon is powered by a
supercharged 6.2L V-8, which delivers 556 horsepower (415 kW) and is backed by
either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. A suite of technical
and performance elements complement the powertrain, including Magnetic Ride Control,
Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires mounted on 19-inch
forged aluminum wheels.
Like the other CTS V-Series models, the Sport Wagon incorporates a unique grille that
doubles front-end airflow to help enable its high-performance capabilities. It is also
visually identified by an aggressive front fascia and raised center section of the
aluminum hood that provides clearance for the supercharger. It rides on 19-inch forged
aluminum wheels available in painted or polished finishes.
The rest of the exterior carries the dramatic design of the new CTS Sport Wagon; the
details of which include:
Signature V-shaped deck and tailgate motif
Large, vertical taillamps with light-pipe technology
Power-opening liftgate (via key fob or in-vehicle button)
CHMSL-integrated roof spoiler
Integrated roof load management system with available cross bars for a
Cargo management system with adjustable in-floor containment
Available panoramic UltraView sunroof.
At the rear is a pair of 3-inch (76 mm) chrome exhaust outlets, which caps a
performance dual-exhaust system made of high-grade stainless steel that will maintain a
lustrous appearance longer than ordinary stainless.
Of course, cargo capability is a hallmark of wagons and the V-Series Sport Wagon
delivers with 25.4 cubic feet (720 liters) of space behind the rear seats and 58 cubic feet
(1,644 liters) with the seats folded – virtually doubling the available space of the sedan.
The 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine powers the CTS-V Sport Wagon – the same
acclaimed engine found in the V-Series Sedan and Coupe models. Rated at 556
horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm), it is the most powerful engine
offered in Cadillac’s history.
The engine features an intercooled Eaton Twin Vortices Series™ (TVS™) supercharger.
This unique supercharger design employs twin four-lobe rotors, twisted 160 degrees.
Typical superchargers feature three lobes twisted 60 degrees. The fourth lobe and
added twist, when combined with unique air inlet and outlet ports, create smoother, more
efficient airflow into the engine. In addition to improved overall efficiency, this
supercharger has superior noise and vibration characteristics compared to more
A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Sport Wagon – a Tremec
TR6060 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed
automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift controls. The steering wheel-mounted
controls require no shift lever movement and allow immediate tap up/tap down gear
selection. Performance Algorithm Shifting provides the automotive transmission with a
performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance driving. As with
many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter into the manual “gate” to
put the transmission into a performance mode.
Torque is channeled through the six-speed transmissions to a high-performance rear
axle that features a limited-slip rear differential within a cast iron housing for greater
thermal management and asymmetrical half-shafts to smoothly manage the
supercharged engine’s incredible torque. The unique design includes alternately sized
half-shafts that also help dynamically balance the oscillation of torque from side to side,
effectively eliminating “power hop.”
Magnetic Ride Control
The V-Series achieves exceptional levels of road-holding performance, but also
maintains the poise of a luxury car in “regular” driving conditions. The technical enabler
of this dual-mode driving character is Cadillac’s landmark Magnetic Ride Control. It is
standard on the CTS-V Sport Wagon and is the world’s fastest-reacting suspension
technology. It uses shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology,
rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision.
Electronic sensors at all four wheels literally “read the road” every millisecond, making
constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise
control of body motions. This is of particular benefit for a high-performance car because
it helps keep the car very composed during hard cornering, acceleration, braking and
other dynamic maneuvers.
The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a broader range of damping control to optimize
the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V Sport Wagon, an extra
measure of control is offered, with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport), enabling the
driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more spirited performance driving.
Cadillac pioneered Magnetic Ride Control, bringing it to production first in 2002,
following decades of research on magneto-rheological science. Today, the technology
appears only on a short roster of the world’s most elite vehicles, including Cadillac V-
Series models, the Escalade luxury SUV and the STS and DTS luxury sedans.
Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires
The CTS-V Sport Wagon incorporates sophisticated braking and tire systems, in
partnership with two companies renowned for high-performance technology: Brembo
and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful, six-piston
calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.
Large vented rotors enable strong initial braking force while optimizing heat resistance
and eliminating fade. The brake rotors from Brembo are manufactured with “dual-cast”
technology that combines cast iron and aluminum, resulting in superior performance and
The CTS-V Sport Wagon also includes an electric parking brake, which allows for
optimal dead pedal placement, which is important for high-performance driving.
Michelin partnered with Cadillac engineers to develop an exclusive Pilot Sport PS2 tire
specifically engineered for the CTS-V. The tires support high levels of grip in track
conditions, while also affording excellent performance on the road.
Comfort, style and technology
The interior of the CTS-V Sport Wagon is shared with the sedan, including streamlined
instrumentation, LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents.
The CTS-V Sport Wagon production model will come standard with performance seats
featuring perforated sueded microfiber inserts designed to hold the driver and front
passenger in place during cornering. Recaro performance driving seats are optional and
provide excellent support for spirited driving. These 14-way adjustable performance
seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and backrests.
Complementing the performance seating are a thick steering wheel and a gauge
package designed for easy, at-a-glance reference during performance driving. Large
instruments have bold readouts, including an LED-lit “tracer” function in the tachometer
that flashes as the engine nears the red line. The gauge layout includes a boost gauge
and a lateral acceleration display.
Obsidian Black accents grace the center stack, console, steering wheel and door panels.
The production steering wheel and shifter are available in Alcantara, providing the
luxurious character of suede. These accents are elegant to the touch and aid the driver
during support high-performance driving. Just like every CTS, the V-Series includes a
hand-stitched instrument panel, door trim and center console.
Leading-edge infotainment features extend to the V-Series. Standard features include an
advanced navigation system with a deployable screen, Bose 5.1 digital surround audio,
factory-installed Bluetooth phone integration and a 40-gigabyte hard drive that allows the
customer to store a large library of music files. The system uploads files via a USB port
or the in-dash DVD/CD drive and allows stored tracks to be searched and selected
through the radio controls.
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2011 CADILLAC CTS-V SPORT WAGON SPECIFICATIONS
Model: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
Body style / driveline: 4-door sport luxury wagon, RWD
Construction: unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-
isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension
EPA vehicle class: wagon
Manufacturing location: Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing, Mich.
6.2L Supercharged V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc): 376 / 6162
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 / 103.25 x 3.62 / 92 mm
Block material: cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: roto-cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery: 1.9L supercharger with intercooler; sequential fuel injection
Ignition: direct-mount ignition coils
Compression ratio: 9.1:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 556 / 415 @ 6100*
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 551 / 747 @ 3800*
Recommended fuel: premium required
Maximum engine speed (rpm): 6200
Estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): 14 / 19
Tremec TR6060 Hydra-Matic 6L90
Type: six-speed manual; fully
synchronized with single
controlled automatic overdrive
with torque converter clutch
Gear ratios (:1):
First: 2.66 4.03
Second: 1.78 2.36
Third: 1.30 1.53
Fourth: 1.00 1.15
Fifth: 0.80 0.85
Sixth: 0.63 0.67
Reverse: 2.90 3.06
Final drive ratio: 3.73 3.23
Chassis / Suspension
Front: independent SLA; 29-mm hollow stabilizer bar; elastomeric handling and
ride bushings; 65-N/mm spring rate; Magnetic Ride Control with electro-
magnetically controlled shocks
Rear : independent SLA; 24-mm hollow stabilizer bar; elastomeric trailing arm
bushing; 90-N/mm spring rate; Magnetic Ride Control with electro-
magnetically controlled shocks
Steering type: power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Steering ratio: 16.1:1
Steering turns, lock-to-lock: 2.7
Turn circle (ft / m): 37.9 / 11.55
Chassis control: four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist
Wheels and tires
Wheel size and type: front: 19 x 9-inch; forged alloy, 5-lug
rear: 19 x 9.5-inch, forged alloy, 5-lug
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
front: 255/40ZR19 (96Y) high-performance summer tire
rear: 285/35ZR19 (99Y) high-performance summer tire
Type: four-wheel disc with four-channel ABS, hydraulic brake
assist and dynamic rear brake proportioning
Rotor type and thickness (in / mm)
Front : 15 x 1.26 / 380 x 32, vented, co-cast
Rear: 14.7 x 1.1 / 373 x 28, vented
Wheelbase (in / mm): 113.4 / 2880
Length (in / mm): 191.3 / 4859
Height (in / mm): 59.1 / 1502
Width (in / mm): 72.6 / 1842
Track (in / mm): front: 61.8 / 1570
rear: 62 / 1575
Curb weight (lb / kg): 4390 / 1995
Weight distribution (% front / rear): 52 / 48
Headroom (in / mm): front: 38.8 / 986
rear: 37.2 / 944
Legroom (in / mm): front: 42.4 / 1078
rear: 35.9 / 913
Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 56.7 / 1441
rear: 57.4 / 1390
Hip room (in / mm): front: 55.1 / 1400
rear: 54.1 / 1375
Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 3
EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L): 96.5 / 2732
EPA cargo volume (cu ft / L): 25.4 / 720 (behind rear seats)
58 / 1644 (rear seats folded)
Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg): TBD
Fuel tank (gal / L): 18 / 68
Engine oil (qt / L): 6.3 / 6
Cooling system (qt / L): 12.42 / 11.75
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.