November 29, 2012

10 Segments in 10 Days: Sport Sedan

Sport Sedan: Cadillac CTS-V

The dealer had a sport wagon or a coupe.  I chose wisely.
Base Price: $63,215
As Driven: $73,000
Engine:  6.2L Supercharged V8, 556hp
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
MPG Rating: 14 city/ 19 hwy

                The sport sedan segment has been dominated by the BMW M3 for a very long time.  Cadillac has been selling cars to elderly people for nearly as long.  The CTS-V is Caddy’s attempt to change that.  This car has caused me look at Cadillac in an entirely different light. 
The CTS-V comes with 556hp and a price tag that is similar to the M3.  The power plant is robust and can be tuned for even more power.  There is a package out there that will increase the power to 707hp. 

Even the automatic transmission will do easy burnouts.
The fuel economy is less than desirable (14city/19hwy).  It says 14 mpg in the city, but if you really drive the CTS-V the way a twelve year old would, then you end up closer to 11 and you could flirt with single digits.  Yes, there is a green movement and we’re all supposed to be driving e-hybrid plug-in’s, but this car is just too much fun.  The raw power, the angry exhaust, the back seat (36.1 inches of rear legroom), and the fact that you can have one as a sport wagon make the CTS-V an amazing machine.  There is also a coupe model.  To me, the coupe is too early-2000’s hiphop video, but it still goes like crazy.  If I had to pick, I would have a sportswagon.  I can’t afford it, but I definitely want it.  You can’t turn down 556hp of practicality.

I love the stance of this car! 
                Thank you to Superior Cadillac (www.superiorbuickcadillac.com) for trusting me with their CTS-V wagon.

There's an analogy here...  I just can't place it...
 

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