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Officially Official: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon unleashed!

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Here in America, drivers who prefer station wagons to crossovers and SUVs are in a distinctly fringe minority. In spite of that, Cadillac has heard the cries from the wilderness and delivered the car we've been clamoring for. The CTS-V Sport Wagon is now finally official and production starts later this year.

Ever since AMG built a handful of Hammer station wagons back in the late 1980s, the idea of a family hauler with ludicrous power and torque has held a strange and twisted appeal for us. The V-wagon takes all the traits we love about the 556-horsepower sedan and adds the expanded cargo body style.

Aside from the tailgate, everything else is carried over, including the magnetic ride damping system, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s, and the asymmetrical half-shaft rear end to avoid axle tramp. Add in 25.4 cubic feet behind the back seats and 58 cubic feet with them folded and we may well have the perfect performance car. Did we mention the 551 pound-feet of torque?

[source: General Motors]

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon crosses over to pure performance

Greg Migliore

AutoWeek -- March 29, 2010 - 12:01 am ET

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The CTS-V Sport Wagon offers six-speed automatic and manual transmissions and pushes out 551 lb-ft of torque from the 376-cubic-inch engine with a cast aluminum block.

The next addition to Cadillac's athletic V-Series is breaking cover at the New York auto show with the reveal of the CTS-V Sport Wagon. Packing 556 hp from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the CTS-V Sport Wagon launches late this year.

Cadillac will use the bright lights of New York to debut a special version of the wagon, which it's calling a show car. It's not intended for production, but some of its outfittings could be used for future trim packages. The show car gets a unique rear fascia and upper spoiler.

The CTS-V Sport Wagon rounds out the CTS line, which has become almost a subbrand for Cadillac. It joins the landmark sedan, which was key to the brand's rebirth through design and performance, and the coupe which launches this summer. All versions now have V editions. Cadillac is trying to position its performance line in the same manner as BMW's vaunted M models.

"This is about establishing the V-Series as an important subbrand," Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell said.

Performance and pricing

The CTS-V Sport Wagon offers six-speed automatic and manual transmissions and pushes out 551 lb-ft of torque from the 376-cubic-inch engine with a cast aluminum block and roto-cast cylinder heads. Look for a 0-to-60-mph time of less than four seconds, which is in line with the rest of its V siblings. Despite the stretched demeanor, the wagon loads on only about 200 pounds over the sedan. The V6 wagons and sedans share about 85 percent common parts, Caldwell said.

The chassis is bolstered with magnetic ride control that has tour and sport settings, Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 tires. The rear-wheel-drive wagon will have power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and a limited-slip differential. The car is expected to get 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.

The performance wagon will start at about $61,000, and many will go for about $65,000 when loaded with options.

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The car looks great but if the CTS or CTS V do not sell well it will hurt any future wagon sales in this country n all but the smaller cars. A lot of people are watching this to see what interest there is.

At least Cadillac can export them to Europe and China to sell if they fail here.

I just get the feeling it will not sell similar to the Magnum. Enough to see it but not enougt to replace it with a new model. The SRX will draw most buyers in this class. Also the new Coupe will win most of the others.

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Very delightful that GM has produced this product. I believe it shows bold, forward thinking.

I love this car!!!

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Revealed: Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon [Live Image Update]

03/30/2010, 9:47 PMBY ANDREW GANZ

Less than a month after we spied a production-ready example, General Motors has officially taken the wraps off of one of its worst-kept secrets: The 556-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. Although technically currently considered a “show car,” the CTS-V Sport Wagon will be available in limited quantities beginning later this year.

Mechanically identical to the CTS-V sedan and coupe, the Sport Wagon offers a little extra utility to go with its Eaton Twin-Series supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Pumping out the same 556 horsepowerand 551 lb-ft. of torque as other CTS-Vs, the Sport Wagon will offer both a six-speed Tremec manual transmission and a six-speed automatic. Currently, Cadillac does not offer a manual transmission in the standard CTS Sport Wagon.

Both transmissions channel the power to the rear wheels, which take advantage of a limited-slip rear differential with a cast iron housing.

The CTS-V Sport Wagon will also include Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, which uses magneto-rheologically controlled shock absorbers to respond quickly and precisely to changing road conditions. Brembo brakes – six-piston calipers in front, four-piston calipers out back – help bring things to a stop.

Inside, the CTS-V Sport Wagon is mostly standard CTS-V affair, meaning it gets Obsidian Black accents on the dashboard and doors and optional Alcantara covering for the gear lever and steering wheel. Recaro sport seats with pneumatic bolster controls will be standard.

Naturally, the CTS-V wagon looks the part on the outside. Sharing the same basic body kit theme seen on the coupe and sedan, the Sport Wagon rides on 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michellin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.

Cadillac hasn’t announced pricing, although it did confirm that the CTS-V Sport Wagon will go on sale later this year in North America, followed by Europe and the Middle East.



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