Cadillac’s New Twin-Turbo V6 With 420hp Will Debut in 2014 CTS
I love the Cadillac CTS-V. I’ve had a bit of time in the sedan at a few auto shows and Barrett-Jackson events, and the supercharged V8 under the hood develops a fantastic 556hp whose acceleration and exhaust note can be extremely dangerous to people who value their license. The lesser, normal CTS is fine, but the base 3.0L V6 doesn’t even make as much horsepower as a Camaro, and there’s a big gap between the 318 horse 3.6L and the V. Thankfully, Cadillac will address this problem with a new, twin-turbo 3.6L with 420hp and 430 lb-ft of torque that will be optional in the redesigned 2014 CTS. The motor will be paired to an eight-speed automatic and will allow the CTS to hit 60mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds. The engine will also become an option for the XTS (albeit with less horsepower), addressing one of my many concerns about Cadillac’s flagship.
The eight-speed will shift in as little as 300 ms at wide-open throttle, and most of the torque is available from 2,500-5,500 rpm, so drivers will almost never want for more power.
As the CTS is a competitor to the best of Germany’s luxury midsize sedans, the powertrain configurations are similar to what BMW, Mercedes, and Audi offer, and at a much lower price. As it has always been, the $10-15K difference between Cadillac and the Germans is supposedly justified by refinement, interior appointments, and “heritage,” whatever that means. What American cars are known for, however, is POWER. Here, the Caddy has everyone beat. The Audi S6, BMW 550i, and Mercedes E550, all twin-turbo V8s, are all beaten by the power figures from Caddy, and in a drag race the CTS will match the S6 as the fastest, at least in the short term.
Thankfully, Cadillac is replacing the old base engine with the turbocharged 4-cylinder from the ATS. The engine develops similar horsepower but should be able to eke out a better fuel economy number than the outgoing V6. Photos of the redesigned CTS will be available once the car is unveiled at the New York Auto Show next week.