2014 Cadillac CTS to boast 420-hp twin-turbo V6

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Cadillac's CTS sport sedan has been the luxury brand's staple since introduced in 2002, with more conservative V6-powered versions and ultra-powerful CTS-V variants. For 2013, the model's most sedate 3.0-litre V6 makes an impressive 270-horsepower, whereas the 3.6-litre V6 puts out an even more energetic 318-horsepower. And what about the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 in the CTS-V? A staggering 556-horsepower! That leaves a 238-horsepower performance gap that Cadillac will soon fill in the upcoming 2014 CTS.

Slated to be unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in Manhattan later this month, the 2014 CTS will boast a new optional 420-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 with 430 lb-ft of torque. It's good for an estimated zero to 100 km/h sprint of just 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 274 km/h (170 mph)!

"The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo brings a new dimension of technologically advanced performance to the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan," said David Leone, executive chief engineer. "Delivering power and sophistication, it marks another large step forward in the product-driven expansion of Cadillac."

The LS3 is the most "power-dense" six-cylinder in its hotly contested segment at 118 hp/litre, and thanks to a state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission plus other fuel-friendly technologies will reportedly achieve a claimed 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway on the U.S. EPA rating system. That's equal to 13.8 L/100km city and 9.4 highway, although it should be noted that Canada's less realistic EnerGuide rating system will show much better mileage when released closer to the car's launch, which will al least be useful for comparison purposes.

The new engine will be available in other Cadillac models too, including the 2014 XTS available later this year, while the 2014 CTS won't likely be soldiering forward with its 3.0-litre V6, instead offering the same 272-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder as used in the new ATS for its base engine.
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