“Longer, lower and leaner,” the designers redoing the CTS were instructed. Those were the attributes seen as essential in turning the CTS into a true competitor to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.
The CTS offers a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 producing 321 horsepower and a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbo with 272 horsepower. CTS also offers the optional twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque and is bolted to a new 8-speed automatic. Cadillac is advertising 0-60 times of 4.6 seconds or better with this package.
No pricing is available yet, but current CTS models start at $40,000 and go up from there. Production begins this fall, with sales starting soon after.
The new version of CTS has captured what it takes to compete with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. Inside and out, the new CTS has been designed for the 21st century. Looking forward to a test drive in the fall.