Making The Case For The Cadillac CTS V-Sport: Video7
Everyone knows the Cadillac CTS-V. The sedan with a monstrous blown V8 engine under the hood has become a shining star for the brand over three generations, and Cadillac even dared greatly enough to build a wagon version a few years ago. But, remember the Cadillac CTS V-Sport?
Yes, Cadillac still makes it, and Road and Track thinks it could be the most overlooked car in the segment. For just under $63,000, R&T believes buyers get the performance of BMW and Mercedes-Benz AMG’s glory years at a bargain.
To refresh, the Cadillac CTS V-Sport packs a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine making 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. No, it’s not the raucous 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 engine found in the CTS-V, but on the track, R&T believes it provides a pretty close experience at a real bargain. The engine performed well, the transmission behaved as it should, the suspension was well dampened and the steering was poised at all times. Brake fade was nearly inexistent, too.
Not to mention, the CTS V-Sport is still a luxury sedan. The car boasts all of the features found on the $54,000 CTS Luxury trim plus the added performance bits, which also include an electronic limited-slip differential, Magnetic Ride Control and an enhanced ZF steering system.
The CTS V-Sport likely isn’t long for this world as Cadillac prepares to replace the ATS, CTS and XTS sedans with two new models, likely called the CT4 and CT5. Whether a new V-Sport model surfaces remains to be seen, but the current CTS V-Sport will be remembered as a hidden gem.
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I do hope that Cadillac takes a lesson from Lincoln and decides to keep the XTS around. Lincoln Kept the MKT and it really is a great car even though it does not fit their new strategy. They dont have to market it, they dont have to promote it; just keep building it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Besides, the car actually looks good after the refresh!
I’m well aware that this post will get almost all down votes, But its just my opinion.
XTS is a great car. Especially in V-Sport trim.
I know a guy who upgraded a 2016 or 2017 V-Sport in this beautiful purple color, from a 2013 XTS PL.
HE LOVES IT!!
He claims its a car that is comfortable to drive, but if u put your foot down, it puts a smile on your face. It really is a sleeper. The only thing he hates is the MPG.
I knew another guy who just died. Only drove a Caddy since the early 80’s. He was looking in 2013 and ended up with the XTS. He complained about how small it was (He was used to drive a DTS, and before it, an Escalade). After shopping around he bought it because Benz charges an arm and a leg for service on the S-Class.
“Better than BMW at being BMW”. This pretty much sums it up. Great car.
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This is a great car.
The only problem I have with it is it looks fairly anonymous compared to run of the mill CTSes and hits the same price point as the prior gen CTS-V (which was an even better enthusiast vehicle I wouldn’t trade in for this).
Still, $65K is decent sum of money to spend and this V-sport had its work cut out against any 6 cylinder 5-Series, A6 and E class — those competitors don’t perform as well on the track but offer equivalent street performance with better interior/luxury features and brand recognition.
That was a great video. I hope Cadillac keep the momentum going forward with the CT5 and hope they produce the V-Sport. Too early to say for sure but sounds like the V-Sport could be skipped in favor for full fledged V Series model instead.