Edmunds testing included acceleration, slalom, skidpad, braking and a couple laps around the Milford Road Course, also known as the “Lutzring”. And despite being 250 pounds lighter than the outgoing CTS and packing a 420 hp 3.6-liter twin turbo V6 under its hood, Edmunds could not match GM’s claimed 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds (but we have yet to see the publication match any times). After several runs, the quickest acceleration test churned out a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds.
The CTS Vsport put down an impressive speed of 68 mph through the slalom and a standout lateral g reading of 0.93. Under heavy braking the car stopped from 60 mph in a nearly unbelievable 103 feet, only a foot further than a 2012 Porsche Carrera S. Around MRC, the Vsport moved around as expected, in that it stayed flat and composed. And we’re not even talking about the impending CTS-V. Customers should start seeing the 2014 CTS and CTS Vsport in Cadillac showrooms by October.