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.