Home / Auto News / News article: 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport is a Genuine German Alternative - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Mar 26 2013, 6:01 PM

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After the ATS sports sedan won the 2013 North American Car of the Year, Cadillac is poised to continue its streak with the all-new third-generation CTS.

Revealed at a private event in Manhattan on the eve of the New York Auto Show the CTS is bigger, more luxurious, dramatically better looking and includes an optional VSport package that includes a potent 420 hp twin-turbo V6 engine – more output than a BMW 550i.

A new base engine is also turbocharged, with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (borrowed from the ATS) making 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and achieving 30 mpg on the highway. Stepping up a level the direct injection 3.6-liter V6 makes 321 hp and comes matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission in rear-drive models (or a 6-speed auto for AWD models).

The range topping Vsport model gains the Cadillac’ brand’s first ever twin-turbo engine with 420 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque, with 90 percent of twist available from 2500 rpm.

Vsport models also come equipped with 18-inch wheels and Pirelli summer tires, a quicker steering ratio, Brembo brakes with high performance brake pads, an upgraded cooling package, an electronic limited slip differential plus a Track Mode setting to make the most of the steering and Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

Like with the ATS, Cadillac is targeting driving dynamics with the CTS and hopes to achieve the same result thanks to a light weight packageand a near 50/50 weight distribution. At 3,616 lbs the CTS is the lightest in its class, weighing 200 lbs less than the BMW 528i and more than 200 lbs less than the 2013 CTS.

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Despite the weight reduction the car has grown considerably, gaining 5-inches in overall length. A 1.2-inch longer wheelbase will help provide a more luxurious highway ride, though (perplexingly), rear set legroom is actually down slightly.

The increased dimensions contribute to the new look that’s inspired by the Ciel concept, with a bold upright grille that’s wider than before, big air intakes on either side and combined headlights and LED light strips that combine to bookend the new look. To help improve aero, certain models get active grille shutters that close off on the highway to direct air around the cabin.

The CTS’s cabin is as pleasing to the eye as the exterior, with genuine wood, metal and even optional carbon fiber trim. Like on the ATS and XTS the centerpiece is an 8-inch CUE infotainment system with table-like controls. An optional 12.3-inch digital display can also be added on.

Unique interior features include a motorized cup holder lid and the first appearance of Cadillac’s new automatic parking function. Plus there are plenty of available safety features from front and rear auto-braking as well as the Safety Alert Seat that vibrates to alert you to potentially dangerous situations, like if the car is drifting out of its lane or if the closing speed on the vehicle ahead is seen as too fast.

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  • Lancia

    Awesome

  • Sjones1204

    Colum likes an American car! shocking. No surprise that he claims to not have been a fan of previous cadillac styling. Of course he notes there are cheap interior bits without being specific or showing them in the video. 

  • Seedumar

    Yeeeh benz is a benz

  • Seedumar

    Yes but nothin lake mercedes benz I lake mercedes benz mothen iny car in the world.

  • goodtoberight

     My my, the media has been purchased by GM and they will print whatever Government Motors tells the flunky media to print.
    My mom’s 2012 Caddy was lemon lawed due to MISERABLE quality and the service departments inability to get the computer system in the car to work.  The car would repeatedly break down on the road requiring towing to the dealer. The dealer serviceman are hopeless and clueless. All they can do is change oil and prep cars for delivery. Repairs are out of the question. There are no real mechanics in the service departments anymore at GM dealers.  GM is pitiful.   Caddilac is PITIFUL and a huge disappointment.
    If you believe Caddy is equivalent to a fine German car, then I have a bridge to sell you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.newell.94 Steve Newell

    are you joking? these are some of the best cars that exist right now

  • goodtoberight

    You have a lot to learn.  Clearly, you do not own a Cadillac or GM car so you are naive and clueless.  My best advice is to quickly walk out of any GM showroom and into the foreign car dealer of your choice.

  • CaddyGuy

    Those European cars are fine as long as they are under warranty. Repair and parts, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. 

  • 2008Caddy

    I own a 2008 CTS and is has been a great car.  I have had no prolems

  • nightnomad

    To Mr Goodtoberight
    I am on my second cadillac and they were both fantastic, I get good service at my cadillac dealer..
    We don’t need you go buy a foreign car !!!!!

  • Jason Zamora

    my 2012 cts v coupe is a p.o,s.
    second caddy, both garbage for 50k and 75k…. ill never buy another cad

  • Jason Zamora

    in case you are wondering… my 2010 escalade had to go into the shop for major motor work twice , the cts v makes a popping noise when turning at low speed, and has been recalled every time i go in, they never fix it… nice for $75k right??
    the interior rattles and is cheap plastic

    its fast but besides that its crap

  • dave

    I have an 06 sts-v owned since new and have 110k miles on it. Never had any substantial problems. Love my car and look forward to buying a cts-v.

  • Minimumoctane305

    EXCUSE Me! Are u an american or foriegn person?

  • Dick Ovens

    Jason:  Sounds like positraction differential is binding, as the diff fluids have a special mix to prevent this binding.  I had mine doing same thing and found tech bulletin to have fluid changed with a newer oil mix that does not age nearly as old mix does.  Easy fix and probably under warranty.

  • The General

    Does anyone have any idea what the twin turbo starting price will be? Ball park?

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.newell.94 Steve Newell

    my first car was an STS

  • Macb3th

    You bought the coupe, there’s your problem right there.