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CADILLAC’S OWN CADZZILLA
2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Twin-Turbo

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Published on Sat, Apr 12, 2014

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

Cadillac CTS Vsport Twin Turbo

With all due respect to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the Larry Ericson-designed "Cadzzilla" of Boyd Coddington fame, Cadillac has executed its own version of a fire-breathing hot rod. It’s called the CTS Vsport Twin Turbo, and it’s eager to eat its competition from Japan and Germany. Harold Osmer reports. By Harold Osmer Cadillac’s first ever twin-turbocharged engine is a 3.6L V6 producing 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Another first for Cadillac is an eight-speed automatic transmission routed to the rear wheels. Electronic suspension settings are Tour – Sport – Track – Snow/Ice with discernible differences between each step. We found Tour mode sufficient but preferred Sport for its slightly more aggressive shifting.

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

The CTS Sport goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds

We liked the sophisticated lines of the third-generation CTS. Our third-generation CTS is more highly refined, modern, and attractive from all outside viewing angles. The interior is spacious, secure, familiar, and comfortable. We felt as though we were wearing the car, as say, one might a good pair of boots. Spirited driving along our favorite mountain roads reveal CTS’ handling prowess. Driving confidence is high as the Magnetic Ride Control system worked seamlessly to keep the car level at all times. This isn’t something you’ll notice until you look for it. Your first inclination may be to think you are that good a driver. Well, maybe you are. But CTS makes you that much better without scaring your passengers. Our short time with CTS didn’t allow for a meaningful test in Track Mode.

2014 Cadillac CTS

The view inside the CTS Vsport

The CTS Twin Turbo 3.6L engine system spools up quickly and predictably. Gear changes can be made via steering wheel paddles but are best left to the factory calibrated performance tuning. Minor right-foot calibrations will ultimately produce a potent car/driver combination. Comparing one make of car to another is inevitable and this price range can get you a nice car, typically a European import. Domestic car fans can rest assured that Cadillac’s CTS Vsport stands very well on its own and deserves a place on your shopping list. SUMMARY JUDGMENT Cadillac’s third-generation CTS is a winner, and the Vsport scores high for styling, performance, comfort, and technological wizardry. Godzilla would be proud of his offspring from the Cadillac family.

2014 Cadillac CTS

(Richard Prince for Cadillac)

For more information about Cadillac products, go to www.cadillac.com SPECIFICATIONS Name of vehicle: 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Twin-Turbo Price: $59,070 (base, and as tested) EPA mileage estimates City/ Highway: 17/25 miles per gallon Engine type: 3.6L V6, Twin Turbo, Direct Injection, Variable Valve Timing Horsepower: 420 @ 5750 rpm Torque: 430 lb.-ft @ 3500 rpm

2014 Cadillac CTS

The heart of the CTS Vsport

Performance: 0-60 mph 4.4 seconds Drive configuration: Rear wheel drive Transmission type: 8-Speed Automatic, Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters Suspension: Front: MacPherson Strut, Magnetic Ride Control Rear: Independent Multi-link Wheels and tires: 18-inch Midnight Premium Painted Aluminum Wheels Summer Run Flat Brakes: 4-Wheel ABS, Brembo Performance Front Brakes Dimensions Overall length/wheelbase: 195.5 inches/114.6 inches Overall width: 72.2 inches Overall height: 57.2 inches Warranty: 4 Years/50,000 miles Bumper to Bumper 6 Year/70,000 miles Powertrain 4 Years/50,000 miles Premium Care Maintenance 6 Years/70,000 miles Roadside Assistance

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