Motoring: Cadillac CTS challenges world’s best

The third-generation, 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan moves Cadillac into the prestigious class of midsize luxury sedans.

The third generation Cadillac CTS features an eight-speed transmission and the most powerful V6 in the segment at 420 hp and 430 lb/ft of torque.

The third-generation, 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan is based on the high-performing rear-drive architecture of the award-winning ATS sport sedan, moving Cadillac into the prestigious class of midsize luxury sedans.

It will be the segment’s lightest car, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class.

A range of power dense powertrains underpin its performance, including the all-new Cadillac Twin-Turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

A longer, lower and more athletic-looking proportion is introduced on Cadillac’s landmark sedan and evolves the brand’s Art & Science design philosophy. While growing five inches (127 mm) in length, including a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, the roofline and cowl—the base of the windshield—are about an inch lower, dimensions that complement the longer exterior to accentuate the car’s lean aesthetic.

While stretched in overall length and wheelbase, the all-new CTS sedan has a lower curb weight than the preceding model and weighs about 200 pounds (90 kg) less than the BMW 528i.

Lightweight features, including Cadillac’s first aluminum door structures, contribute to the lower weight and a nearly 50/50 weight balance. And for the first time on CTS, Magnetic Ride Control, Cadillac’s real-time damping system, is available on base models.

Cadillac’s shield grille and signature vertical lighting elements—including LED front signature lighting detail—evolve on the CTS. The grille is wider, with a more detailed texture, while the headlamps flow up with the hood line, incorporating crystalline LED light guides for a technologically advanced appearance with more uniform illumination.

The Cadillac Twin-Turbo is SAE-certified at 420 hp and 430 lb/ft of torque (583 Nm), making it the most power dense six-cylinder engine in the segment. A pair of smaller turbochargers helps provide more

Cadillac’s new, paddle-shift eight-speed offers efficiency and performance advantages over a six-speed transmission.