New York: 2014 CTS-V Revealed

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onMarch 27th, 2013

The Cadillac CTS is one of the most two-faced cars in production today. On one hand you’ve got a soft but sturdy sedan, built to ferry geriatrics between Country Kitchen Buffet and an assisted living center. It’s got lines that comfort people who remember the first Cadillac, an interior that doesn’t offend and a soft ride, packed with understeer to ensure a safe journey. But then, simply by slapping a “V” badge on the fenders, you get a loud, aggressive monster. You get over 500 horsepower that wants to send the car sideways at every corner, and magnetic suspension to make sure it stays flat at the same time. The same lines that appeal to a grandpa, appeal to grandson. It manages to please two of the most widely disparate demographics out there and it should be lauded.

Apparently Cadillac didn’t feel the same way, because the new CTS and CTS-V were officially revealed today at the New York International Auto Show and while, at first glance, the style doesn’t look significantly different, it’s definitely a departure from the outgoing model. They show an aggressive and busy new front end, offset by a classic country club rear. If I saw one in my rearview mirror I’d want to get the hell out of the way, but then as it passed I’d think that the driver had fallen asleep holding down the gas pedal. Strangely, the odds of a new CTS passing you are quite high, even in base trim. While I invite you to judge the new design for yourself, first I want to tell you all about the new engine option.

GM calls it the LF3 and as we previously mentioned it’s a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 spinning 420 hp and 430 ft/lb of thick, chunky torque into an 8 speed automatic. Chevy is claiming a 4.6s 0-60, which is nearly the same as the current CTS-V, but don’t expect anybody to run a fleet of these, mileage is a dismal 17/25 mpg. If that bothers you then there are both a turbo I4 and NA V6 option as well. They both come standard with a feeling of regret and shame whenever the TT V6 or V8 pulls up beside you.

So what do you think? Does the LF3 make up for a rear end that smells like mothballs? Or is Buick poised to steal the “ballsy but respectable American sedan” segment? Take a look at the gallery and let us know!

When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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