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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