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Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: Baby Got Badass Back

This is it. The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is officially heading to production. This is the "show car" version of the 556 HP supercharged Corvette-engined Caddy-badged Jesus wagon we'll be seeing live this week in New York. Daddy like.

Anyone who saw our recent spy photos of the Jesus-wagon already knew it but now it's official — Cadillac's bringing sexy back end-wagging sideways around corners back and the 2011 CTS-V Sport Wagon is it. Behind the Midnight Silver color coat first seen on the Cadillac Sixteen Concept, the lustrous Liquid Silver-finished wheels and the black chrome finished-mesh grille insert lies the beating heart of a Corvette — a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 556 HP. This is the same engine found in the V-series sedan and coupe models of the CTS and whether mated to a six-speed manual or auto tranny, it'll be the most powerful engine offered in Cadillac's history.

That's thanks to the intercooled Eaton Twin Vortices Series supercharger that employs twin four-lobe rotors, twisted 160 degrees to create smoother, more efficient airflow into the engine. To match the engine comes brakes from Brembo and an electric parking brake allowing for optimal dead pedal placement. Nice.

We're told the super Caddy wagon'll have the same interior as the V sedan, including the usual streamlined instruments, LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents.

We want. We want a lot. We only wish the rest of 'merica wanted it too.



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Cadillac wagon debuts

Robert Snell / The Detroit News

The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon will join the luxury brand's performance lineup when it debuts at this week's New York International Auto Show.

The sport wagon, scheduled for production late this year, will be powered by a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 motor that delivers 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The sport wagon joins a performance fleet that includes the CTS-V sedan, which debuted in 2008, and the CTS-V coupe, unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"The CTS-V Sport Wagon is a natural extension of both the V-Series and the CTS lineup, offering an uncompromising performance car to enthusiasts who want the extra room of a wagon," said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing.

Cadillac sales are up 14 percent this year, the smallest increase among GM's four core brands.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100329/AUTO01/3290357/1148/Cadillac-wagon-debuts#ixzz0jZIicI26

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Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Readied for New York Reveal

By James M. Amend

WardsAuto.com, Mar 29, 2010 12:01 AM

Special Coverage

New York Int’l Auto Show

General Motors Co. will round out its lineup of high-performance Cadillac passenger cars at the New York auto show later this week, unveiling the CTS-V Sport Wagon.

In addition to foreshadowing the next V-Series product from Cadillac, the show car also hints at future color and trim directions from the 108-year-old luxury marque.

The uber-wagon is seen as a shot across the bow of German auto makers, sending the signal that GM’s re-launching of the brand in Europe carries plenty of weight, despite newly revised sales goals.

While wagons sell tepidly in the U.S., they fly off the lots in Europeand high-performance models grab sensational headlines. With a 556-hp, supercharged V-8 engine making 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm) of torque, the CTS-V Sport Wagon should announce Cadillac’s return with authority.

The CTS-V Sport Wagon goes into production at GM’s Lansing Grand River, MI, assembly plant in late 2010, the auto maker says, with initial sales in North America followed by export to Europe and the Middle East.

GM expects to finish hammering out the details for re-launching the Cadillac brand in Europe by May, and a start-of-sales date has not been released. Plans are for some 3,000 deliveries annually in the region, much more achievable than a previous target of 25,000.

In addition to helping give the brand a bigger presence in Europe, the high-performance wagon further raises the cache of the Cadillac name in its home country, says Clay Dean, director-advanced design at GM and head of the Cadillac styling studio.

“The people who buy these sorts of cars are unlike any other,” he tells Ward’s on the sidelines of a recent GM media event. “They also might drive a (Lamborghini) Gallardo. For them, a car like this is a statement.”

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon gets 556-hp V-8.

The V-8 engine GM squeezes into the CTS-V Sport Wagon is the same motor under the hood of the CTS-V sedan, upcoming CTS-V Coupe and Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1.

Its Eaton Corp. supercharger features a pair of 4-lobe rollers for improved efficiency and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics, compared with typical 3-lobe models.

Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted shift controls.

Four specially designed Brembo brakes provide stopping power, while 19-in. forged aluminum wheels are skinned with specifically engineered Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.

GM’s vaunted, fast-reacting magneto-rheological technology suspension, Magnetic Ride Control, comes standard.

Unique to the CTS-V Sport Wagon show car is a Midnight Silver exterior first seen on the Cadillac Sixteen concept earlier in the decade. It is complemented by Liquid Silver-finished wheels and a black chrome finish on the grille’s mesh insert.

Inside, the show car is trimmed in black leather with Alcantara accents, including the Recaro seats.

“The CTS-V Sport Wagon is a natural extension of both the V-Series and the CTS lineup, offering an uncompromising performance car to enthusiasts who want the extra room of a wagon,” Don Butler, vice president-Cadillac marketing, says in a statement.

“The V-Series Sport Wagon is another hallmark of the dramatic presence and power of Cadillac vehicles.”

GM declines to provide projected sales volumes for the CTS-V Sport Wagon but says it will offer the car on a limited basis.



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