AWD 2012 CTS Performance Coupe by Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac

by Peter Kottwitz

Welcome to the new world of sports cars. In today’s age people want a track ready race car, as well as a car you can cart your grandmother to church in. Introducing the Cadillac CTS All-Wheel-Drive Performance edition, this car is a more subtle version of the modern CTS-V released in early 2009, with 318 horsepower, and 273 pound feet of torque, paired with a 6 speed automatic or manual transmission the performance does 0-60 in a blistering 6.8 seconds, and with a price tag for a fully equipped model just under fifty two grand, and getting 18 city and 27 highway miles to the gallon, it’s also good for your wallet!

With the CTS, its specialty is not American strait line muscle, the magic really starts happening in the corners! Between its Nürburgring sport tuned suspension, larger brake calipers and more “hands on” feeling in the steering wheel this car will absolutely come alive!

The sports car feeling starts as soon as you go to open the door, it features poplock handles recessed behind the door frame for the best in aerodynamics, as well as push button door handles on the inside taken directly from a page in the Corvettes hand book. There is a cool modern touch from the LED lights at night that make you feel like you’re driving a spaceship. The interior offers very comfortable power heated seats for both the driver and passenger, as well as memory seats for the driver, so switching drivers is a breeze. The inside of the CTS also features a 7 inch touch screen navigation system that retracts into the dash with the push of a button, and with the new 40 gigabyte hard drive you can store all your music right in the car and not have to worry about unsightly cords from your IPod or mp3 player.

The cargo room in the CTS is class leading, beating out the reigning champ BMW 3 series. It features 13.6 cubic feet of trunk space, plenty for carrying your golf clubs to and from the green on Sunday afternoon.

All in all, we love the new CTS Performance Coupe, it has a distinct shape we have never seen before in any other cars, as well as features that you wouldn’t get anywhere else but in a $100,000 Mercedes S class, and with the maintenance being covered for 4 years or 50,000 miles and a powertrain warranty going all the way out to 5 years 100,000 this is without a doubt a big bang for your buck.

2012 Cadillac CTS

2011 Safest Luxury Cars – Cadillac CTS

In a study released this month, Consumer Reports found that 65 percent of consumers rate safety among their top three priorities when considering a car, the highest of any purchase consideration factor. (Quality came in as the second-highest factor, with 57 percent of respondents saying they cared about it most.) Those safety-conscious drivers would do well to consider the BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS or Subaru Legacy — we rate them as three of the safest cars on the road today.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Review

In an effort to take advantage of its recent return to popularity, Cadillac decided to build high-performance versions of several of its cars. Collectively called the V-Series, they are meant to be high-powered, tight-handling, all-around track-tuned performers in the vein of the European performance marques, such as BMW’s M series and Mercedes-Benz‘s AMG lineup.

The Cadillac CTS-V was the first and easily the most successful example. The first-generation CTS-V had the wild power output to go up against the Germans, but came up lacking a little in terms of polish and engineering sophistication. The second-generation CTS-V, though, is a totally different beast. Packing a ferocious 556-horsepower supercharged V8 into the grown-up and dynamically advanced second-gen CTS, the result is the very definition of a world-class super sedan.

Current Cadillac CTS-V

The current Cadillac CTS-V is the high-performance version of the CTS sport sedan. While its predecessor certainly got your blood pumping, the new edition is like a defibrillator attached to Niagara Falls‘ hydroelectric plant. Under its angularly sculpted hood lives a detuned version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 found in the manic Corvette ZR1, which in the Cadillac produces 556 hp and 551 pound-feet of torque.

The CTS-V also gets a bulging hood, flared front fenders, 19-inch wheels, huge brakes and big silver mesh grilles. Similarly, the cabin adds piano black trim and Alcantara faux suede surfaces to the civilized edition’s already high-end ambience and materials. Most of the CTS’s vast array of standard and optional luxury features carry over, meaning you can burn rubber and listen to AC/DC on the surround-sound stereo at the same time.

With the six-speed manual transmission, the Cadillac CTS-V cranks out neck-snapping acceleration in the range of 4.3 seconds from zero to 60 mph and a 12.4-second quarter-mile time. (A six-speed automatic with wheel-mounted shift paddles is optional.) That’s obviously high-end sports car territory, but it also schools the super sport sedans from Germany. Plus, it does it for less money.

There’s much more to the CTS-V than simple drag strip runs, however. The nasty axle hop and overwhelmed chassis of the previous generation are gone, replaced by a more thoroughly refined car that handles its power with skill and grace. Credit the fact that the CTS is a drastically better car than the one it replaces, but also major suspension improvements and the Magnetic Ride Control that allows for an impressive balance between ride and handling. Adaptable transmission, steering and suspension settings serve to make sure the car is best tuned for whatever driving conditions are being experienced.

Used Cadillac CTS-V Models

The current CTS-V represents the model’s second generation and was introduced for 2009. It has received no significant changes since then.

Produced from 2004-’07, the first-generation Cadillac CTS-V was a powerful, rear-wheel-drive midsize luxury sport sedan available in one body style and trim. The V6 engine from the standard CTS was swapped out in favor of the same engine found under the hood of that era’s Corvette. Prior to 2006, the CTS-V was powered by a 400-hp 5.7-liter V8 engine. For its later two model years, it featured a 6.0-liter V8 making virtually the same output. A six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential were standard, and no automatic transmission was available. Put the pedal down hard and you could expect to move from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds.

As in the current car, the performance upgrades went far beyond the bigger engine. Additional highlights included a tightened suspension, massive Brembo performance brakes and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with performance tires. More subtle adjustments included a strengthened engine cradle and hydraulic engine mounts.

Cadillac tried to gussy up the CTS’s normally dull interior to make the V-Series sedan feel special, but there was only so much it could do. The original instrument cluster was replaced by more upscale dials and computer readouts, which even spit out real-time driving dynamics, such as lateral G-forces. There were also aluminum and satin chrome accents on the dash. The more heavily bolstered front seats were comfortable and supportive during aggressive driving. As in that generation’s regular CTS, the backseat is spacious, which makes the CTS-V more useful on an everyday basis than its similarly priced compact rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

In road tests, our editors found this generation of Cadillac CTS-V to be exciting but lacking the polish of its European competitors. It went like stink, but its handling was hardly world-class and foot-to-the-floor acceleration caused a clinical case of rear axle hop. It could be an adventure, but some folks like that. In the end, a used original CTS-V could be an affordable way to have a fun and fast time.

*Credit review goes to Edmunds*

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Review

Following the successful launch of its redesigned CTS sedan, Cadillac launched a Wagon variant of the luxury car in 2009. Created as an alternative to larger utility vehicles, the CTS Sport Wagon promises the same stylish good looks and competent handling as its sedan counterpart, but with the added utility and cargo space of a wagon.

Because of the wagon’s sedan roots, it actually rides on the same 113.4-inch wheelbase as the sedan. However, despite having a larger rear cargo area, the wagon actually measures in 0.3 inches shorter than the CTS sedan.

The Sport Wagon is highlighted by Cadillac’s signature edgy styling, including a V-shaped rear deck and liftgate. Cadillac’s integrated roof load management system allows for a little extra exterior cargo space, and also pays tribute to the brand’s iconic rear tailfins of the ’50s and ’60s. New optional 19 inch wheels round out the CTS Sport Wagon’s exterior appearance.

Inside, the Sport Wagon’s interior mirrors the CTS sedan’s, save for the extra cargo room aft of the rear seats. With the rear seats up, the wagon provides 25 cubic feet of cargo space, with that number expanding to 121.9 cubic feet when the rear seats folded away.

Because the wagon is so closely related to the sedan, drivetrain offerings reflect those offered in the sedan. That means a 263 horsepower 3.6-liter VVT V6 is standard, with a 304 horsepower version of the same engine — although equipped with direct injection — optional. EPA ratings should check in at 26 mpg highway. Both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered in the Sport Wagon, as will rear and all-wheel drive layouts.

Annual production of the wagon should total between 10,000 and 12,000 units, with half of those vehicles earmarked for markets other than the U.S.

*Credit for the review goes to leftlanenews.com*

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Review

First – we must give credit to Harvey Schwartz with Automotiveaddicts.com – we loved his post so much we decided to re-post it!

The all-new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is the first Cadillac to go directly from concept form to the showroom floor.  The look is brilliant, expressing Cadillac’s ‘Art & Science’ direction.  It is a perfect balance of dramatic styling with uncompromising performance, comfort and luxury. The CTS-Coupe is the new focal point of Cadillac, expressing both its design and technical capabilities.  It is intended to appeal to a new generation of car enthusiasts.

Cadillac CTS Coupe

Luxury has a new name

The coupe joins the CTS Sport Sedan, the 556hp CTS-V high-performance sedan and the new CTS Sport Wagon as the foundation of Cadillac’s lineup.  A 556hp high-performance CTS-V Coupe will be released later this year.

The coupe is a classic 2+2 layout bolstered with advanced technology, such as a rear-view camera system, and a performance-oriented suspension system coupled to rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS-Sport Sedan, but an overall height that is approximately two inches lower and an overall length that is two inches shorter.  Although it draws from its sport sedan sister, the CTS Coupe shares only the instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille.  Key design feature include a classic hardtop styling with no conventional B-pillar; a touch pad operation for the doors removing the need for conventional door handles, creating a technical, clean profile; a windshield laid at a faster 62.3-degrees, and a long, nearly horizontal backglass area combining to create a dramatic profile; sculpted lower front fascia with unique brake-cooling vents; a rear fascia with mesh lower grilles; deep lower side extensions, a full-perimeter chrome strip that wraps around the sharp, pulled-up greenhouse glass; a center outlet exhaust with twin-dihedral-shaped tips that pass through the rear fascia; signature vertical lighting, highlighted with LED light pipes; a rear spoiler integrated into the signature center high-mounted stop lamp and a sculpted roof-mounted antenna for ONSTAR and XM satellite radio reception.

From any angle, the shape of the CTS Coupe is refreshingly simple, yet amplified with intricately carved details.  There is nothing on the high-end two-door 2+2 coupe market that even comes close to the looks and details of the all-new 2011 CTS-Coupe.

Driving the new CTS-Coupe is pure heaven, fun and easy to accelerate and maneuver whether it is around slow moving city traffic, merging then cruising on the freeways, or when tackling curving mountain roads.  The standard engine is a 3.6 liter, DOHC, VVT, Direct Injected, all-aluminum V6 that generates a healthy 304hp at 6,400rpm and 273lb.ft. of torque at 5,200rpm.  It is mated to a standard six-speed manual, featuring a revised clutch and dual-mass flywheel that offers better clutch pedal feel and improved engine isolation.  A six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control and steering wheel mounted shift buttons comes standard on the Summer Tire Sport Package that I tested.

The Coupe’s final drive ratio is 3.73:1, up from 3.42:1 of the CTS Sedan, providing more responsive acceleration.  The CTS-Coupe Sport Package can blast out to 60mph from a standstill in just 5.5sec.  Power is put down on the pavement with a standard limited slip differential on the Sport Package model.

The powertrain’s performance is channeled through a chassis that delivers sports car performance without punishment.  The hardware includes an independent front suspension featuring a short/long arm (SLA) setup with hydraulic control arm bushings, monotube shocks, and a hollow 29mm stabilizer bar.  The multi-link rear suspension is mounted on a fully isolated subframe and features monotube shocks, and a 24.5mm hollow stabilizer bar.  Befitting its luxury sports coupe status, the Coupe has a number of adjustments in the chassis tuning enabling crisper driving performance.  The Coupe’s two-inch wider rear track gives it a more planted feel and slightly better cornering.  The Coupe has a smaller 29mm front stabilizer bar compared to the CTS-Sedan, while the rear bar is increased from 20mm to 24.5mm compared to the sedan.  Damping force is firmer at all four corners, helping the Coupe to reach 0.88g peak lateral acceleration in standard form.

You can really feel the cornering power utilizing the new ZF Servotronic 2, power-assisted, rack & pinion steering system.  Turn-in is immediate without delay and the front suspension is so tight as both systems are tweaked with the large, aluminum, re-enforced strut tower brace under the hood.  Standard Cadillac StabiliTrak and all-speed traction control keep you on your chosen path when you take the car to its limit on steep curving roads.

The all-new CTS-Coupe Sport Package stops as fast as it accelerates thanks to big, power-assisted, 4-wheel steel disc brakes.  Up front are 13.6in. vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 13.3in. vented discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  You stopping power and control are enhanced with standard ABS and Brake Assist.

The standard CTS-Coupe rides on 18X8in. aluminum alloy wheels and tires but the Sport Package adds 19X8.5in. aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 245/45ZR19in. front, and 275/40ZR19in. rear, Continental Contact high-performance tires that enhance grip, traction and give a more compliant ride over poorly paved surfaces.

The interior is comfortable, luxurious, with high-tech wonders and plenty of safety systems to keep you and your passengers happy on short or long drives.  The interior emphasizes technical precision with elegant, hand-crafted details.  The hand-assembled center console leads seamlessly into the center stack, providing a sportier ‘cockpit’ feel for you and your passenger without compromising space.  The interior also includes hand-sewn accents on the door, dashboard top, center storage console and instrument panel trim.  The fully power-adjustable bucket seats are comfortable and well bolstered for sporty driving times.  The optional heated and ventilated seats incorporate ‘thin-seat’ technology for maximum occupant comfort and enhanced rear-seat leg, knee and foot room.  The Coupe also offers a host of customer driven technologies including an integrated iPod/MP3 capability, 40-gig hard drive, including the ability to store music and pause-and-replay live radio, a pop-up navigation system, adaptive HID forward lighting system, Bluetooth connectivity, standard Keyless Entry with Smart Remote Start, rear vision camera system and a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound Audio System with 10-speakers.

Standard equipment includes automatic headlamps, heated, power-remote side mirrors, self-dimming reaview mirror, power tilt-telescoping, wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, rear heating ducts behind the center console to enhance rear seat area temperature, LED interior ambient lighting, cargo net, universal home remote, memory seat adjuster, sapele wood trim, remote start, rear park assist, power tilt sunroof, dual map lamp, lighted glove box and trunk, power windows/door locks with one-touch up/down, rain-sensing wipers/washers, center console with dual cupholders, padded storage bin, flip-open front storage with 12-volt plug and one in the center console, rear dual cupholders, rear reading lamp, aluminum door sill plates, thick cut-pile carpeting and front/rear floor mats.  My CTS-Coupe came with those standard features plus a performance cooling system and was covered in Tuscan Bronze Chromaflair custom paint.

Standard safety systems include dual-stage driver front airbag, segment-first dual depth front passenger airbag, driver/front passenger side seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side airbags, roof-rail side curtain airbags that cover front and rear seating rows, 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, a tire pressure monitoring system, front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door, and a body structure with strategically placed high-strength steel.

The price for the Summer Tires Sport Package equipped CTS Coupe  is stickered at just $50,205.00.  That’s not too much to ask for a stunningly styled, luxury, sport coupe.  This coupe competes against the BMW 335i coupe, Audi A5 coupe and Infiniti G37 coupe but after test driving the all-new CTS-Coupe, I don’t think that there is any comparison.

Overall the CTS-Coupe wins hands down!