Between CTS and CTS-V?
This has probably already been discussed here before, but I'm curious: has there been any talk of a future CTS model that is a "step up" in power from the CTS DI, but not as brutal as the CTS-V? The CTS DI is certainly no slouch; I've had mine for a little over a month and I'm quite thrilled with it. But a good, strong 350-400 hp V-8 would have been a great option. I'd spend too much time in jail driving a 550 hp CTS-V!
I got a V at the end of July. I read a review that says it should come with a trunk full of bail money.
It's true. What a blast!
Of course, the problem would be pricing, potential sales and how it would affect Cadillac's CAFE fuel numbers. But I don't think we're going to see any movement on this until we see the third-gen CTS sometime in 2012.
I have to admit, when I wear out the first V I'll probably get the V2... Yikes.
As far as the Northstar idea goes, like most V owners, I would not consider the car if it had that motor. I likes my pushrod motors, lots of low end and they sound cool. Personally I have no interest in 6cyl cars, forced induction or otherwise. The whole point of the CTS-V was 4 door Corvette, and it succeeded. Many of the V owners are Corvette nutz (like me).
After reading about the new small block V-8 for the next Corvette, I think that would be about perfect for a "in between" motor for the middle CTS, call it the CTSi. Something like 450 hp and 450 ft/lbs of torque and with cylinder deactivation so that it still gets 25 mpg on the highway. Perfect.
If the V was within range I would have to get it... (testdrove it on a racetrack for a couple hours. it is amazing, alright.)
Make a decision very difficult to purchase a V series. Unless you're racing why 500+ horses.
What is missing for the 2014 CTS is AWD with the the Twin Turbo.
If a version is not offered Cadillac executive will be making a huge mistake.
AWD is an expectation in the modern era; without it, you're not being truly competitive and world class.