Blistering Utility: Cadillac Unleashes CTS-V Sport Wagon0
Behold the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon – the logical extension of Caddy’s CTS-V line. The Wagon made its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week and – as one would expect – the V-badged five-door wagon shares most of its interior, powertrain, and mechanical bits with the CTS-V sedan. The Sport Wagon is powered by the staggering 6.2L supercharged LS-A V8, good for a gargantuan 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a gearbox of your choice – a six-speed auto or a six-speed manual.
GM’s highly-acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control is standard, as are 19-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires. For those who love the slalom (or really hard cornering), the CTS-V SportWagon includes an electric parking brake, allowing for optimal dead pedal placement, which is very important for high-performance driving. Continue reading about the super wagon after the jump!
The exterior of the show car you see in front of you is coated in midnight silver, a color first shown on the Cadillac Sixteen Concept. The liquid silver-finished wheels and black chrome finish on the grille’s mesh insert complement the paint job. Out back, the beasty wagon gets an upper spoiler off the fifth door along with a high-mounted brake light.
The interior of the CTS-V Sport Wagon is wrapped in exclusive black leather with Alcantara accents. The upper section of the instrument panel and upper door panels are covered in the same premium leather, accented with midnight Sapele wood. The lower door panels, pillars, console lid, headliner, and center of the steering wheel are covered in microfiber. The show car is fitted with fine-grain black leather-trimmed Recaro seats that most recently became an option on non-V spec CTS Sedan models. As you may expect, the seat inserts are divided in the center and accented with dark gray stitching, with the V-series logo laser etched into the seatbacks. Obsidian Black accents ornament the center stack, console, steering wheel, and door panels. Add the available panoramic UltraView sunroof and you may catch a glimpse of Jesus as you’re driving through the canyons on one of those perfect spring-weather days.
Of course the reason anyone would buy a wagon in the first place is the utility that comes with all most wagons. And with 25.4 cubic feet (720 liters) of space behind the rear seats and 58 cubic feet (1,644 liters) with the seats folded, the CTS-V Sport Wagon delivers almost twice the amount of space as the CTS Sedan. Cadillac says that a cargo management system with an adjustable in-floor containment system is also present. As with other hatches and CUVs from GM, the liftgate is powered and can be controlled via a key fob or a button inside the wagon.
What you see in the photos above, however, may not be the generally-available vehicle. Cadillac is calling the vehicle that will be on display at the New York auto show Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon “show car,” saying that it “foreshadows the next addition to the V-Series performance line:”
The show car’s bespoke color and trim elements hint at the potential direction of color and trim in future Cadillac models. These elements are not yet intended for production, but represent Cadillac’s desire to gauge customer reaction to new color and trim options.
Seriously, though – who are they kiddin’? Every GM Authority reader knows that what we see here is exactly what will be coming in the production version come late 2010. Initial sales will begin in North America, followed by exports to international markets (Europe, Middle East).
As our own Manoli Katakis once put it, release the Kraken wagon! Feast your eyes on the gallery below until we are able to score a few more images!
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