2013 Cadillac CTS-V Overview
The 2013 CTS-V is the quickest car in Cadillac’s lineup, putting a premium on high-performance on the street and at the track.
The CTS-V is one of the best sleeper cars around; from the outside there isn’t that much to distinguish CTS-V models from their CTS brethren. Differences include a larger grille, a domed hood, unique tailpipes, and a few small V badges, but beyond that the sculpted, sharply angled body looks the same. The CTS-V is also available in three body styles: coupe, sedan, and sport wagon. The wagon and sedan seat five passengers, while the couple has 2+2 seating for four. Extra cargo space is the wagon’s forte, as it features 25.4 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats, almost double that of the sedan.
However when you get under the skin of the CTS-V, you’ll see it’s not nearly the same machine. The CTS itself is no performance slouch, but the CTS-V takes things up to another level. The rear-wheel drive CTS-V comes with a standard limited-slip differential and larger Brembo brakes to cool things down. A magnetic ride control adaptive suspension that can adjust dampening rates every few milliseconds allows driver’s to change the CTS-V’s ride between Sport if more sharpness is desired and Tour for a more comfortable journey.
The engine is a bear, a 556-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 551 pounds-feet of torque. There are two transmission options: a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Fuel economy ratings are not a focus for the CTS-V, which gets 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway with the manual and 12/18 mpg city/highway with the automatic on premium gasoline.
Inside, the CTS-V tones down the madness, this is a luxury car after all. There are plenty of interior creature comforts and technology, including heated/powered front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, and a navigation system with an 8-inch screen that rises out of the dash, all as standard equipment. Recaro sport seats are optional, as are wood trim and ventilated front seats.
The CTS-V also comes with plenty of standard safety technology including a rearview camera and ultrasonic rear park assist sensors. Also standard are six airbags, an electronic stability system with traction control, and active front head restraints.