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Home Run: 2014 Cadillac CTS

April 10, 2013 by Matt

2014 Cadillac CTS Gray Gunmetal

This is the best-looking American car to come along in the past 10 years. Maybe longer.

Aggressive, fleet, tailored, expensive… Visually, the 2014 CTS is a quantum leap ahead of its predecessor. A lot of credit has to be given to the new upright grille, which gives the nose a crisp, commanding appearance. Proportionally, the 2014 CTS echoes the latest Mercedes E-Class, but without that car’s baroque extremities and glitzy detailing. The new midsize Caddy has presence in spades; it looks chiseled and confident, borrowing its German rivals’ overall themes but imbuing them with a uniquely American swagger. It’s sub-zero.

2014 Cadillac CTS Gray Gunmetal Rear Back Taillights

Amazingly, even more than its looks, the best part about the new CTS may be its chassis. Left Lane reports that Cadillac may be taking a page from Audi’s recent weight reduction efforts with their luxury car lineup, targeting a curb weight that would undercut its competitors from BMW and Mercedes by at least 200 lbs, flashbacks of decades past when a trim, 3,600 lb luxury sedan was the norm rather than the exception. Lighter weight benefits every performance- and economy-related quality, especially handling; when an automaker choose to “add lightness,” as Colin Chapman famously put it, it’s huge in my book.

2014 Cadillac CTS Interior Inside Cockpit Console Steering Wheel Dash Dashboard

As far as the powerplant is concerned, Left Lane continues:

[T]he big news for 2014 is the introduction of a 3.6L twin-turbocharged V6 in the new Vsport model. The twin-turbo mill is based on Cadillac’s naturally aspirated 3.6L V6, but boasts a number of improvements, including a new block casting, updated cylinder heads, stronger connecting rods and a 10.2:1 compression ratio. As a result of those changes, the twin-turbo V6 cranks out 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 time of just 4.6 seconds and efficiency of 17 city/25 highway mpg.

Other Vsport goodies include Brembo disc brakes, a driver-selectable track mode for the standard Magnetic Ride Control system, an electronic limited-slip differential, a heavy-duty track cooling package, a quickened steering ratio and 18-inch wheels shod with Pirelli summer tires (19-inchers with all-season rubber will be available).

However, sadly:

The slow-selling six-speed manual option from the current CTS has been deep-sixed.

Here’s hoping they choose to resurrect it for the range-topping CTS-V performance variant. Until then, between the new CTS’s design, emphasis on chassis lightness and fantastic new engine options, I’d say Cadillac has their latest winner on their hands.

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  1. Ryan says:

    The current CTS-V wagon might be my top desired want-to-be daily driver so I’m very anxious to see how the new V turns out both in appearance and performance. And keeping my fingers and toes crossed that a wagon still exists and is available in V-trim.

    • Matt says:

      I really hope the wagon sticks around too. If Cadillac really wanted to take it to Audi, they would release an ATS-V wagon to take on the RS4 Avant… That would be tasty.

  2. John D says:

    I would buy the hell out of that car…

  3. John D says:

    (h-e-double hockey sticks)

    • Matt says:

      :) Me too, if I were in the market for a mid-size “executive express.” Occupies the same spot the bloated, FWD Seville did in the lineup in the mid-’90s. That’s progress.

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