New Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Review

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In an effort to take advantage of its recent return to popularity, Cadillac decided to build ultra-high-performance versions of several of its cars. Collectively called the V-Series, they are meant to be high-powered, tight-handling, all-around track-tuned performers in the vein of BMW's M Series and Mercedes-Benz's AMG lineup.

The Cadillac CTS-V sedan was the first and easily the most successful example. The second-generation CTS-V, though, is a totally different beast that also comes in sedan, coupe and wagon variants. Packing a ferocious 556-horsepower supercharged V8 into the grown-up and dynamically advanced second-gen CTS platform, the result here is a high-performance wagon that can keep up with the world's best sports cars while also effortlessly serving as a family taxi.

Current Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is the high-performance version of the CTS Sport Wagon. While the standard CTS Sport Wagon can certainly get your blood pumping, the V edition is like a defibrillator attached to Niagara Falls' hydroelectric plant. Under its angularly sculpted hood lives a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out 556 hp and 551 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional.

The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon also gets a bulging hood, flared front fenders, 19-inch wheels, huge brakes, an adaptive suspension and big silver mesh grilles. Similarly, the cabin adds piano-black trim and Alcantara faux suede surfaces to the civilized edition's already high-end ambience and materials. Most of the CTS's vast array of standard and optional luxury features carry over, meaning you can burn rubber and listen to AC/DC on the surround-sound stereo at the same time.

With the six-speed manual transmission, the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in an impressively quick 4.7 seconds. That's quick enough for the CTS-V Wagon to humble just about every other family hauler in its class. There's much more to the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon's abilities than simple drag strip runs, however. The refined chassis blesses the Sport Wagon with impressive handling chops as well, so much so that it feels lighter and more agile than its actual weight of more than 2 tons when hustled along a favorite back road. For those with a penchant for performance, these traits alone should be worth the price of admission.

This Caddy also provides an amenable ride for both daily driving and long-distance road trips. Of course, with its generous 25 cubic feet of luggage space with the rear seats raised and 58 cubic feet with them lowered, the CTS Sport Wagon is more practical than its coupe and sedan siblings.

Read the most recent 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Cadillac CTS-V Wagon page.

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