Cadillac CTSv 400hp V8 Preview

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  1. Chuck C

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    The New York auto show, which takes place later this week will display the new CTS-V . I'm rooting for this car all the way....Corvette engine, 6-sp, 18" tires, big brakes, suspension upgrade...awesome stuff.

    Here's the article:

    http://popularmechanics.com/automoti..._1/index.phtml

    Earlier we talked about this car vs. the M3 and Audi S4. Could be close.
     
  2. Matt Stryker

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    Dear Pontiac -
    This is what your "GTO" should be like. Thank you.


    It looks really good. I don't know how many years its been since Caddy has made one, but a 'vert model might be extra sweet.
     
  3. Chuck C

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    haha...the GTO is seriously lacking, I agree!

    Anyway, I've always wanted a Corvette, and I own/love Cadillacs and here we have the best of both worlds in one package. I have to keep telling myself "masters degree first!"
     
  4. Shane Martin

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    $50,000 though...and made by General Motors...

    I for one don't expect it to perform and drive like an M3 nor handle like one or an S4 for that matter.

    Interesting choice by Cadillac but I honestly doubt it will take an M3 when the test reports roll in.
     
  5. Chuck C

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    I dunno Shane. I expect it to perform like an M3 and S4. Remember, American cars are making huge strides in overall quality and engineering. While listening to the war on CNN, they had a newsbreak that discussed how American cars have improved in reliabilty by 12% whereas German companies only improved by 2%. (measured in repairs per car). Not only that, have you seen the CTS plant? You could eat off the floors.

    Let's talk performance. The sigma platform is a very rigid chassis. Add to it the revolutionary 400-friggin-hp LS6 engine, the properties of a sedan, some nice tires, etc and you got one hell of a combination never seen before from America. I wouldn't underestimate the CTSv just yet. And just to open up a can of worms (OUACOW) I find that the HTF isn't really that supportive of American cars. Why is that?
     
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    Very cool car! [​IMG] If I ever decide to give up my Corvette for a 4 door I'd love to have one.
     
  7. Dean Cooper

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    While I really like what Cadillac has done with the exterior of the CTS, the interior has a long way to go to catch up IMO. Count me in a looker, but not a buyer just yet.

    Dean
     
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    Well, I have to say I'm not really a fan of the new Caddies, but I do respect the fact that they've been experimenting with a little more daring designs lately.

    Unfortunately I seem to see an awful lot of the CTS's in the shop of my Chevy/Cadillac dealer. There were about a half dozen coming in the last two times I was there.

     
  9. Chuck C

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    As a BMW owner, I'd be interested if it were in the $35-$40K price range. At $50+k, I'd probably stick with das bimmer....
     
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    You consider 3,800+lbs low curb weight? [​IMG]
     
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    Ok I see you're just talking about that class. But to be fair every car in that class I can think of (S4, M45, 540i 6spd, E500, GS430) weigh less than the CTS-v. Can you give an example of a direct competitor that weighs more? I 'm just trying to get a basis on why the Caddy (of all brands) would be considered light weight.
     
  16. Masood Ali

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    By direct comparison, do you mean in terms of size, price, or something else? The 394hp/368torque M5 weighs 4024lbs. If you consider a 540i in the same class, then the M5 would be a more direct comparison considering the engines.

    The 390hp/408torque Jaguar S-Type R weighs 4046lbs.

    The new E55 Benz also weighs 4000lbs+, however it has an ungodly amount of HP/torque; simply amazing considering the leap they're making from the old E55.
     
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    I was basing the phrase direct competitor with your example, the S4, most notably the cars in the same category of price & performance. The cars weighing more than the CTS-v cost a good bit more, in a way I guess you're paying for the added weight! :wink:
     
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    The CTS is esentially a compact car. All those cars listed are mid to full size. The regular CTS competes against the 3 Series, the A4, and the X Type. It would make sense that the performance version of the CTS would compete against the S4 and the M3. The CTS-V weighs more than either of those two.

     
  19. Chuck C

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    just wanted to add some pics of this awesome ride:

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  20. Scott Merryfield

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    I know it's a matter of personal taste, but I do not care at all for the styling on the Caddy CTS line. It's difficult to tell from the pictures in Chuck's thread, but is the styling of this new model similar to the existing (yuck) CTS?

    However, I would never spend $50k on a car, so I doubt that GM cares what I think. [​IMG]
     

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