The Cadillac CTS-V is the performance variant of the mid-size Cadillac CTS. The four-door CTS-V debuted for the 2004 model year as a direct competitor for the BMW M3 and M5, Mercedes C- and E-Class AMGs, and the Audi S4 and S5. The CTS-V utilized the same Sigma rear-wheel-drive platform as the CTS, but was powered by the 5.7-liter LS6 pushrod V8 producing 400 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. The potent LS6 was backed by the Tremec T56 six-speed manual, with beefier roll bars, stiffer springs and Brembo disc brakes at all four corners. Subtle exterior changes differentiated the CTS-V from its milder CTS stablemate.
For 2006 and 2007, the Cadillac CTS-V was powered by the LS2 V8 that made the same power and torque, but with peak torque coming 400 rpm sooner.
The second-generation Cadillac CTS-V (and CTS) bowed for 2008 with a restyled exterior that was both wider and longer, with a new grille, more svelte headlights and taillights. Beginning in 2009, all second-gen CTS-Vs were propelled by the 556-horsepower supercharged 6.2L V8 LSA engine backed by either a six-speed Tremec TR-6060 manual or six-speed 6L90 automatic transmission. A CTS-V coupe and wagon followed in 2011. The CTS-V wagon wouldn’t last long, as production ceased at the end of the 2014 model year, making it the rarest of CTS-Vs.
Our feature 2013 Cadillac CTS-V wagon is from the Al Berman collection. One of only 416 produced, it has had a single owner from new, accumulating just over 43,000 miles. It is finished in Black Raven over a black leather interior, one of only twenty-eight manual transmission copies in this hue.
The exterior of this Cadillac CTS-V wagon retains great gloss. The wheels are polished factory alloys with Cadillac crests on the center caps. Red painted brake calipers with the “V” logo can be seen through the wheels.
The interior of the Cadillac CTS-V is black leather that shows minimal signs of use. Carpets appear to be colorfast and free from stains or fading. The cargo area provides ample space for luggage. The CTS-V is equipped with dual climate control, heated seats, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, and everything else one would expect from a high-line Cadillac.
Under the hood of the Cadillac CTS-V is dominated by a stylized plastic engine cover with a steering stabilizer arcing just above. The engine bay looks to be original, but dusty. A bit of light detailing would go a long way.
Included in the sale of this rare Cadillac CTS-V are comprehensive service records and documentation. It will cross the auction block at the Mecum Auctions Indy Spring Classic happening May 13th through the 21st.