► NEW 2012 Maserati GranCabrio Sport
The new Maserati Grancabrio Sport debuts at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. The
new car will offer more driving enjoyment thanks to an improved overall
vehicle dynamics, more horse power, a more responsive and efficient engine
and optimized gearshift response. The GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful
and fuel-efficient version of Maserati's all-alloy 4.7-litre V8. This
configuration produces 331 kW (450 horsepower) and has 510Nm at
the peak of its rich, thick torque curve. Maserati's Friction Reduction
Program has made the GranCabrio Sport's engine more reactive to the
driver's most-nuanced inputs thanks to a revision of the oil sump's fluid
dynamics and the Diamond-Like Coating of the tappets and the camshaft
lobes, while achieving a further 6% reduction in fuel consumption. The top
speed of the GranCabrio Sport is 285 km/h and the 0-100 km/h sprint is now
reduced to 5.2s.
► 2012 Jaguar XKR-S
Jaguar launched its most potent series production car ever, the all-new
XKR-S, at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1. This all-new model will
significantly broaden the appeal of the XK range, offering enthusiastic
drivers a compelling, fresh choice in the luxury GT class. With an uprated
supercharged V8 engine, overhauled suspension and a new
aerodynamically-driven design, the XKR-S is the ultimate expression of
Jaguar's long held duality of purpose: GT luxury with incredible
performance. Alongside the exciting new XKR-S, Jaguar will be marking the
50th anniversary of the E-Type with the first in a series of celebrations
that take place during 2011.
2014 Cadillac CTS Review
Michael Clark checks out the 2014 Cadillac CTS. And later, the First Coupe
de Ville (12:50), and a 1967 Eldorado (21:37).
Real World Test Drive Cadillac 2012 CTS-V wagon
In "diamond black" it's either a really fast hearse or the coolest Cadillac
you've ever seen. Come with us for a Real World Test Drive of the
blisteringly fast Cadillac CTS-V station wagon. Grant Winter Reports:
Cadillac Converj 2012 (North American International Auto Show 2009)
Cadillac Converj 2012 (North American International Auto Show 2009)
The Cadillac Converj is a concept car manufactured by the Cadillac division
of General Motors. It was shown at the 2009 North American International
Incorporating the propulsion system from the Chevy Volt—the battery pack,
the 120-kilowatt electric motor, and the four-cylinder engine-generator,
collectively dubbed the "Voltec" electric propulsion system—the Cadillac
concept vehicle has an all-electric range of 40 miles (64 km) and a top
speed of 100 mph (160 km/h). The two-door, front-wheel-drive coupe
recharges in only three hours using a 240-volt outlet, the type commonly
used for large electric appliances
2014 Cadillac CTS 2.0T Review and Road Test
It's been decades since Cadillac produced the "Cadillac" of anything.
However, when car buffs dismiss the only American luxury brand left, they
fail to see Cadillac's march forward. 2002 brought the first RWD Cadillac
since the Fleetwoood. A year later the XLR roadster hit, followed in 2004
by Cadillac's first 5-Series fighter, the STS. Not everything was rosy. The
original CTS drove like a BMW but lacked charm and luxury fittings. The XLR
was based on a Corvette, which made for excellent road manners, but the
Northstar engine didn't have the oomph. The STS sounded like a good idea,
but the half-step CTS wasn't much smaller and ultimately shoppers weren't
interested in a bargain option. That brings us to the new ATS and CTS.
Ditching the "more car for less money" mantra, the ATS has been created to
fight the C/3/IS leaving the CTS free to battle the E/5/GS head-on. Can
Caddy's sensible new strategy deliver the one-two punch fans have hoped
for? I snagged a CTS 2.0T for a week to find out.
I found the outgoing CTS a little discordant, but 2014 brings an elegant
more aggressive refresh. GM's Art and Science theme has matured from
"cubism gone wrong" to shapes that flow and jibe with a larger grille and
softer creases. The 5-Series continues to go for elegant and restrained, I
find the XF and A6′s design a mixture of plain-Jane and snazzy headlamps
while the Infiniti Q5o and Lexus GS are going for flowing elegance.
The demur side profile continues with a simple character line to draw your
eye from front to rear. One thing you'll notice during that eye-movement is
the distinct RWD proportions that separate the CTS, E, 5, GS, XF and Q50
from the long-nosed Audi A6 and near-luxury FWD options. Out back the CTS'
rump is a bit less exciting but employs all the latest luxury cues from
hidden Exhaust tops to light piped
tail lamps. I was hoping Caddy's fins would be further resurrected, but
the "proto fins" on the XTS are absent. Pity. Obvious from every angle is
an attention to build quality absent from earlier generations with perfect
panel gaps and seams.
Unfortunately, the first thing you'll notice out on the road is the coarse
sound from under the hood. GM's 2.0L engine is no less refined than BMW or
Mercedes' four-bangers, but the difference is you can hear the engine in
the CTS. In fact, based on the overall quietness of the cabin (a
competitive 67 dB at 50 MPH), I can only conclude that Cadillac designed
the engine to be heard. I don't mind hearing the 3.6L V6, but most luxury
shoppers would prefer not to be reminded they chose the rational engine
every time they get on the freeway. On the bright side, because GM does not
offer start/stop tech, shoppers are spared the inelegant starts and stops
that characterize 528i city driving.
While I'm picking nits, the 6-speed found in the 2.0T and most 3.6 models
lacks the ratio spread and shift smoothness of the ZF 8-speed automatic
found in most of the competition.
The reason I label those flaws as mere nits is because of how the CTS
accomplishes every other task on the road. Acceleration to 60 happens a
4/10ths faster than an E350, a
half-second faster than the 528i,
a full second faster than a GS350,
and practically years ahead of the A6 2.0T. Part of this has to do with the
engine's superior torque curve and higher horsepower numbers, but
plenty has to do with curb weight. At 3,616 lbs, the CTS 2.oT is 200lbs
lighter than the BMW or Lexus, 400lbs lighter than an E350. The comparable
Audi A6 would be the front-wheel-drive 2.0T model with the CVT at 3,726. If
you think that's an unfair comparison, the 2.0T with Quattro is 3,900lbs
and does little to correct the A6′s front-heavy weight balance.
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon Review
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the 556 horsepower
Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon. It is everything we expected, and more
Everyone that loves good American Muscle Cars has got to love a 556 hp
Station Wagon with the handling and looks of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V
Sportwagon. Watch our video and learn a little more. - Mike Herzing
Narration by: Mike Herzing
Videography by: Lynn David Cole
2014 Cadillac CTS AWD 2.0T Luxury - WINDING ROAD Walkaround
See the POV Test Drive video here: http://youtu.be/UspDrPFzSCo
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headphones. The audio in this video was recorded with binaural microphones
that, when played back through headphones, give the feel of 3D sound. Trick
Powertrain: 2.0L I-4 turbo VVT direct
injection with six-speed automatic
272 HP at 5500rpm
295 lb.-ft. at 1700rpm
19/30 city/hwy mpg
19 gallon fuel tank
Price as tested: $56,875
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The D3 Battle Wagon a 700HP CTS-V Station Wagon
We fell in love with this wagon the first time is set tires in our
workshop. On top of it being a wagon, it's a 6 speed manual trans!
In the D3 Battle Wagon, even trips to the grocery store are all the more
fun with 715 HP and 725 ft-lb's of Torque!
The build concept for the D3 Battle Wagon was to completely upgrade all OEM
components with the most aggressive bolt on parts possible. The result is
an ultra fun, track worthy station wagon!
Signal Hill, CA -- June 18th 2011, A 700+ Wheel horsepower CTS-V Station
Wagon dubbed "The Battle Wagon" has been completed for delivery to its
eagerly awaiting driver.
"CTS-V wagons are a still a rarity, on top of that finding a white 6 speed
manual was like trying to locate Atlantis!" Says John B. the owner of the
Battle Wagon. "The second I heard that Cadillac was going to launch the
CTS-V in wagon form I knew it would be my next car, I have always loved
wagons, from the E39 5 series to the Audi S4 Wagon now to the Cadillac
CTS-V Wagon. With less than 500 miles on the clock the wagon was booked
for an appointment at the D3 Motorsport Laboratory which is D3's in house
The tuning concept of The D3 Battle Wagon is to encompass manageable
amounts of horsepower, allowing for a
balanced, but track worthy grocery getter. To complete the Wagon the
Motorsport Laboratory has broken the build into 3 categories; Performance,
Efficiency & Chassis Tuning.
A wide range of Performance Tuning Equipment manufactured by D3 has been
utilized to upgrade the performance characteristics of the Cadillac CTS-V's
LSA power plant. The Pulley System has been upgraded via the D3 Stage 3
Performance Pulley Kit allowing for a mind numbing 17 PSI of Boost out of the factory Eaton 1.9L Blower
that has been Blueprinted to D3's specifications. To feed this Boost monster the D3 Air Intake, D3 Billet
Throttle Body and D3 Supercharger Lid
Spacer have been installed. Exhaust
work has been provided by the Kooks Long Tube Headers, Kooks X-Pipe with
Race Catalytic Converts and the CORSA touring mufflers. These upgrades
have yielded a raw horsepower gain of 244 wheel
To keep the D3 Battle Wagon ready for action all of its cooling has been
upgraded via the gamut of D3|ULTRACOOLERS. The ULTRACOOLER systems include
the D3 Front Mount Heat Exchanger (Intercooler) the D3 Competition Oil
Cooler, and the D3 Competition Radiator. The chassis has been dialed in
via the D3 suspension suite including: The D3 Competition Lowering
Springs, the D3 Competition Sway Bar Kit, D3 Chassis Bracing, D3 Stainless
Steel Brake Lines and Alcon 2pc Competition Rotors.
"When everything is said and done, I have a complete competition ready
CTS-V, and the best part is that it's a wagon!"
for more information on the D3 Cadillac tuning program please visit
Drag Race! 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon vs D3 2011
We find out just how fast the D3 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is when we put it in
a head to head drag race battle with our own long term stock CTS-V wagon.
Read the full story here:
Shot by: Jim Gleason, Corey Denomy
Edited by: Jim Gleason
2014 Cadillac CTS 2.0L Turbo Test Drive Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/cadillac/cts/2014 In the past the CTS had to serve
2 roles for Cadillac: it was first the entry level car and second was the
BMW 5-Series competitor. But now with the ATS; the 2014 Cadillac CTS has
grown a couple of inches and can finally just be a mid-sized luxury car.
The new redesigned CTS looks a lot like the ATS though and that is either a
good thing or bad thing depending on what you think of Cadillac's new
design direction. The CTS has a base price of $39,495 with the
top-of-the-line model going for $69,070.
Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0
liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of
torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic and fuel economy figures
are 19 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.
The most important part of a luxury car is the interior. The interior of
the 2014 Cadillac CTS says "you have arrived." There are nice soft-touch
leather materials along with natural wood trim that gives this car a
"German feel." The suspension has the GM Magnetic Ride Controlled Shocks
that really give the CTS a nice luxurious ride quality.
This Cadillac CTS tested here is the Premium model which is loaded with all
the gadgets and technology you would expect out of a high-end German luxury
car. Some of the systems include: Adaptive Cruise Control, a Self-Parking
System, and a digital gauge cluster just to name a few.
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Cadillac CTS-V Wagon vs Porsche 911 Twin Turbo
Family Station Wagon vs Supercar: 1/4 mile showdown between the Porsche
911 Twin turbo vs the 2011 Cadillac
CTS-V Sport Wagon equipped with the 650 HP Hennessey V650 engine upgrade.