2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Review: Taking ‘Ze Germans to Class
Meet the car that is putting European luxury brands on notice. The CTS is the vehicle that carried Cadillac into the 21st century, and the 2014 CTS is the latest amalgam of the brand’s technology, style, passion and performance. The new CTS luxury sedan continues all these traits, making it a serious competitor with the luxury saloons from ‘ze Germans.
When the first-generation Cadillac CTS burst on to the scene for the 2002 model year, it was the refreshingly unorthodox luxury option. The second generation CTS moved closer to the mainstream– but in some cases the mainstream moved closer to the CTS. The sharp angles of the CTS had become more of the norm in the automotive landscape.
For 2014, the CTS aims squarely at the import luxury establishment by building a sedan that has world class style, the available and the in-car tech to make it a more compelling option than its contemporaries.
Cadillac’s design language is taken to new heights with the CTS, as the upright grille is flanked by the stretched back LED headlights. Those headlights cascade down into the LED fog light array that gives the impression that the entirety of both front corners are illuminated. The grille is capped off by the iconic crest and wreath emblem, which stands before some very compelling engine options.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four, and the next engine up is the venerable 3.6-liter V6, but the variant that concerns us today is the awesome Cadillac CTS Vsport.
Under the hood of the Vsport is a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, making 420 horsepower and a stout 430 pound feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a slick-shifting ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. ZF builds some of the best performance automatics in the world, and the Vsport takes advantage of it with haste. Zero to sixty mph is dispensed with in just 4.6 seconds, and can take a turn like hell.
I was lucky enough to spend a few laps with the Vsport at Monticello Raceway in upstate New York– as well as some time on back roads. I was not ready for how capable the big Caddy sedan was on the track. The Vsport sits on Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, which has been used by The CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, and has even been shopped out to folks like Ferrari. Like the transmission, the steering system comes from ZF, and is electronically assisted and speed-adaptive.