When comparing cars to UFC athletes, the BMW 5 Series might as well be Anderson Silva. Nine consecutive title defenses, seemingly no vulnerabilities, pinpoint precision, and one-punch knockout power. For years, Silva has been the guy to beat in the middleweight division, just as the Bimmer has been the car to beat in the midsize performance luxury segment. So, who will challenge the 5-Series for the title? Look no further than the only American in the division: the next-generation Cadillac CTS.
In many ways, the Cadillac CTS is like Chael Sonnen. Sonnen loves hyping up fights with unparalleled trash talk, a brash personality, and possesses all of the grit needed to back up every syllable. Yet, Sonnen, like the CTS, does not possess the title. But with the first-ever ATS taking care of the smaller division, the new CTS is free to put on some size, and is now able to set its focus squarely at the midsize segment.
Expected to be in the repertoire of the third-generation CTS is everything needed to dethrone today’s $46,900 5-Series. This should include a base turbocharged 2.0L engine pushing over 250 horsepower, a familiar 3.6L V6 engine producing well over 300 horsepower as the step up, and either a twin-turboed 3.6L V6 or a new small-block V8 for the range-topping non-V model. As for the new CTS-V, talks of an all-new twin-turbo V8 mill seem to hold water. Then there’s the expected Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, the CUE system, and plenty of unique styling features inside and out. From what we can vaguely make out in the spy photos posted on Car & Driver, there seems to be a downsized grille resembling the shape of the Cadillac Ciel concept, while the LED headlamps and taillamps seem to have grown thinner and longer. Wild-card elements may be either a diesel or new hybrid offering.
We can’t wait to see the clash for the middleweight title happen in 2013-2014.