The enthusiast’s guide to all the 2013 performance cars that really matter.
D3 Cadillac CTS V Coupe: With more tire than a Z06 Corvette, D3’s version of a wide-body CTS-V coupe features a bigger supercharger, intercooler and KW coilovers.
“Spirit of the classics”
Inside the Cadillac Ciel Concept, the cabin features Italian Olive wood, machined aluminum and all the leather you’d expect in a car of this class. A “floating” center console runs from the instrument panel to the rear of the interior. There are hidden connectivity ports for each passenger, though some of the best bits of concept car frivolity are saved for rear occupants.
2014 Cadillac ELR, the electric Caddy
“It’s a logical extension of our plan to reinvent the automobile. It clearly shows what a Cadillac electric vehicle could look like, and clearly indicates that global luxury customers can have a car that has both strong design and electric propulsion with a total range of hundreds of anxiety-free miles.” - Bob Lutz, GM’s vice chairman of Global Product Development
The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a true enthusiast’s car that delivers great performance thanks to its supercharged 556 bhp 6.2-liter V8 engine with 551 lb-ft of torque. Undoubtedly, the most impressive aspect of the CTS-V Wagon is the availability of a six-speed manual transmission. Especially since other companies, including such enthusiast makes as BMW and Porsche, are eschewing manual transmissions in many of their high performance cars.
“The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge,” says Jim Campbell, GM’s vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The series will become a key test bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting edge of performance.”
Sounds like a good plan to us.
Cadillac has announced it will return to racing with the highly regarded 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe next year. It will compete again in the SCCA World Challenge where it campaigned successfully from 2004 to 2007. Cadillac captured the Manufacturer’s Championship with the CTS-V sedan, in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.
Cadillac is currently working with Pratt & Miller to develop the CTS-V Coupe racer. Cadillac says every effort is being taken to maintain as much production content as possible so that the race program can help improve the road car.
Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class in a Cadillac, will be behind the wheel of the CTS-V race cars. The first event in the SCCA World Challenge is March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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With future trends going toward small and efficient vehicles catering to city dwellers, it leaves a unique challenge for luxury marques to continue offering what people demand in the premium vehicle segment. Cadillac’s Urban Luxury Concept addresses that issue, should the brand ever decide to break into this segment.