Future Classics: Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
All photos courtesy of General Motors
For the third article in the ongoing Future Classics series, I’d thought we’d move away from the two Pontiacs (G8 GXP and Solstice GXP Coupe) and go a bit more upmarket. Unlike the two from General Motors’s defunct performance brand, this car is (theoretically) available for purchase at a Cadillac dealer near you! Here’s the spec: CTS-V Wagon with a stick shift. It’s the kind of combination only an automotive journalist would buy, a combination so uncommon but in such a fantastic car that its destiny to become a future classic is practically cemented.
It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for the CTS-V in general, regardless of body style. I must admit that my behind-the-wheel driving experience is limited, but the feeling that comes with shoving your foot down and making the seat under you explode forward with the rest of the car is absolutely intoxicating. In contrast with the previous CTS-V, which was a modified CTS with a V8 shoehorned in, the second generation CTS was made with a hi-po version in mind. By replacing the standard V6 with a supercharged 6.2L V8 similar to the one in the ludicrous Corvette ZR-1 and adding a magnetorheological suspension, Cadillac made the 2009 CTS-V a serious competitor to the established German sports sedans. In 2011, the CTS would add a wagon into the mix.
556hp is enough to make any adult weak in the knees, but that’s exactly what the blown V8 sends to the rear wheels by way of a six-speed stick or auto. 0-60mph comes in only 4.1 seconds (Car and Driver posted 4.0 seconds with a broken-in car), with top speed set at a whopping 179mph. Brembo brakes are attached to 15.0 inch rotors at the front and 14.7 inch rotors at the back, and although the Caddy tips the scales at more than two tons, the killer brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport tires bring the wagon from 60-0 in less than 110 feet.
So that’s it for the stats. What makes the CTS-V Wagon with a stick worthy of a Future Classics label? For one, rarity. There are only two power wagons on sale in America. One is the $92,000 Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon and the other is the CTS-V, and only the Caddy is available with a third pedal. GM is keeping the production figures pretty close to its chest, so the exact number of cars is unknown, but it was few enough that a wagon isn’t expected to be a variant of the 2014 CTS. This will most likely be the only time Cadillac makes an extreme five-door unless American tastes radically shift.
A small production number does not alone guarantee collectable status, however. Engines usually do, though, and a massive, supercharged V8 would definitely do the trick. The value for money is absolutely staggering, as the Caddy costs roughly the same as a Corvette Z06, but with better performance and an interior that doesn’t make its occupants depressed. And it has room for four, too.
So there you have it: an absolutely insane five-door hell sled that has three pedals and gulps fuel at a rate of about 12mpg. The car won’t have instant appreciation like a Ford GT or Ferrari Enzo, so you might be able to pick one up for a reasonable price in a few years, but the trick will be finding one. Even now, used CTS-V Wagons are difficult to come by, and that may be true in the near future as well. If you really want a bulletproof investment, Cadillac is sending out the second generation CTS in style with a limited run of special paint jobs for all three cars. The CTS-V Coupe will come in a Silver Frost Edition, limited to 100 cars, while the normal coupe and all three CTS-Vs can be had as a Stealth Blue Edition. All went on sale last month, so run now if you want to get your mitts on one. So there is the Future Classic: a Stealth Blue Edition Cadillac CTS-V Wagon with a manual transmission.
Imagine this, but with a little extra at the back.