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Motorweek 2000 Cadillac Catera


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Yeah, this car was cancelled like 2 years after this video.  The only thing they got right was RWD with a DOHC V6. 

... that was less powerful, by a lot, than the pushrod S/C V6 available in other GM cars of the day.

 

Nothing like spending $33k on a Cadillac when a Pontiac Grand Prix GTP was $10k cheaper, had 40 more horsepower, and over 100 lb-ft more torque (and at a lower rpm).  That equate to a 6.6 0-60 time instead of an 8.0 run for the Catera.   Oh, and the Grand Prix GTP also gets substantially better fuel economy on the highways, 28 v. 24 for the Cadillac....

 

I'm sure you feel so much more special with the DOHCs and more frequent fill-ups though. 

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The Catera was good in concept but suffered from quality problems.  The car that the Catera is based on, the Omega, is related to the Commodore, to be used as the basis for the GTO, which was blessed with the GM small block.  The V6 used in the original CTS was related to the Catera's engine.  The Catera did well enough to show that the public would buy a performance-leaning RWD compact Cadillac, and the rest is history.

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The Catera was good in concept but suffered from quality problems.  The car that the Catera is based on, the Omega, is related to the Commodore, to be used as the basis for the GTO, which was blessed with the GM small block.  The V6 used in the original CTS was related to the Catera's engine.  The Catera did well enough to show that the public would buy a performance-leaning RWD compact Cadillac, and the rest is history.

 

All true.  We got the worst of the engines that was offered in the Omega with the weird 54 degree V angle.  It made it run weird.  They used the same engine later, in FWD form, for the Saturn LS. 

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