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CTS Getting New Cadillac Badge

Cadillac’s wreath-less badge debuted on the, not yet for sale, ATS coupe.

It appears from these shots over at AutoEvolution that the new badge may quickly make it across the line.
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This is the less than one year old CTS and it is already sporting a new grill featuring the new badge.

We expect that Cadillac will quickly move to update the grill and interior of all the models (perhaps all this year) to reflect the new logo. Continue Reading →

Next CTS-V Caught Testing

Expected to go toe-to-toe with the new BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG, the new CTS-V is expected to pack a supercharged 6.2l V8 similar to the one in the recently announced Z06 Corvette.

This will likely endow the V with upwards of 600hp.

Expect the new V to be available in sedan body style only, like the new CTS that has dropped its coupe and wagon variants. Sales should start in 2015 as a 2016 model.

Enjoy.

2014 Cadillac CTS Named Motor Trend Car of the Year

20131107-063039.jpgMotor Trend has announced that the 3rd generation CTS has won their coveted ‘Car of the Year’ award.

This is the second win for the CTS (it also took the nod with the 2008/2nd generation design as well).

This quote sums up why MT awarded the CTS this time around:

THE CTS’ INTENDED FUNCTION WAS TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO BMW, MERCEDES-BENZ, AND AUDI — AND WIN. AND IT HAS.

Congrats to Cadillac and the CTS team.

Source: MotorTrend.com

Elmiraj Concept – 4.5l OHC Turbo V-8?

Automobile Magazine was able to get a new detail about the engine that is hidden away (in theory) beneath the hood of the Elmiraj concept that Cadillac displayed at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours. Where we heard that the engine was simply a 4.5l twin turbo V-8, Automobile is reporting that the engine is also overhead cam in design.

Cadillac Elmiraj ConceptThis eliminates the only V-8 currently offered in Cadillacs, the GM small block used in the CTS-V models.

Could Cadillac be bringing back the shelved replacement for the Northstar? That engine was supposedly well into development when GM decided to focus on direct injection V-6 and later turbo-charged variants.

Could a turbo V-8 be the mainstream engine for the Elmiraj’s production version (widely expected to be the S-Class/7-Series fighter based on GM’s Omega platform…yes, Cadillac will cheekily bookend their models with Alpha and Omega)? If so, would it be safe to assume the turbo V-8 would be the next CTS-V’s power plant of choice? Doing so would give the V-Series models an engine from the next model up’s lineup. ATS-V with the CTS vSport turbo V-6 with the CTS-V getting the Omega’s turbo V-8 (and the Omega likely not getting a true V-Series model.

We should see more hints at Omega, its power train offerings, as well as future V-Series models in the coming year.

Source: Automobile.com

2014 Cadillac CTS Configurator Online

Cadillac has put the configuration (build your own) page up at Cadillac.com.

2014 Cadillac CTS ConfiguratorStarting at $45100 for the 2.0T model and running up to $59995 for a base vSport, the new CTS is both larger and priced higher than the car it replaces. We were able to price one all the way up to over $73k by selecting the vSport Premium with up-charge paint and interior trimmings.

So, how high can -you- get a new CTS priced. Is it too much for what is offered or is Cadillac finally acknowledging the value the CTS presents in this segment?

How much would a CTS to your specifications cost? What would be your pick of model, features, and options?

Source: Cadillac.com 2014 CTS Page

September 2013 Cadillac Sales

As you can see here, Cadillac is still selling quite a few of their cars with the brand up 9.9%. Largely this is due to the ATS which saw a 348% increase that helped offset sales drops for the CTS and Escalade EXT.

In this chart, column 1 is the Sept 2013 sales, col 2 is Sept 2012, 3rd col is the percentage change.

In the latter half of the chart we have Jan-Sept 2013, followed by Jan-Sept 2012, and the percent change.

Enjoy.

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H/T to GMInsideNews.com

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Circles the ‘Ring in 8:14.10

2014 Cadillac CTS VsportIt wasn’t that many years ago that the CTS-V set a scorching lap-time at the fabled Nurburgring, in Germany of 7 minutes 59 seconds. Set by a 556hp monster of a car, it was/is decidedly not a Cadillac suited for most customers.

Enter the new Vsport trim, introduced with the 2014 CTS, packs a twin-turbo 3.6l V-6 with 420hp and an automatic transmission only (8-speeds, in this case) is aimed at CTS buyers that want sporty but not as hard an edge as the V-series model.

So, what does an automatic and 130hp fewer get you on the 12.9 miles and 154 turns of the ‘Ring?

8 minutes, 14.10 seconds. So, 15 seconds slower.

Seems to us that the Vsport is quite the car, but also it suggests some amazing things about the upcoming CTS-V (if it comes to market with similar power as before, it should destroy the previous V’s time along with the times of many other uber-sedans from the competition.

However, the Vsport also previews Cadillac’s new, higher price-point for the CTS. Vsports start at $59995 – or barely 3000 under the current CTS-V. This suggests the next V will be running in the 70k+ range to start. Not quite the bargain as before, but it will give the ATS some breathing room (the current CTS and the new ATS are way too close in price and size – the new CTS is bigger and the price-tag reflects that as well)

Similarly, we expect the ATS-V, which should pack its own version of the twin-turbo 3.6 will run sub-8 minute times as well.

It’s a good time to be shopping sporty Cadillacs.

Check out videos of the Vsport below:

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Next CTS-V Caught Testing

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Manual Equipped ATS has Stalling Issue

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