2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Long-Term Arrival
Get out of the way, L.A.-- the Cadillac Vsport is coming up fast. Best to roll into a slower lane and let this twin-turbo menace through.
If you know Motor Trend, then you know we invest a huge amount of blood and treasure into evaluating the cars that take part in our annual Car of the Year extravaganza. But even after the exhaustive testing and selection process is over, there’s still plenty more we can learn and share with you about each winner during its year-long stay in the MT garage. And, boy, are we ready to learn more about the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport that just rolled up to MTHQ.
At COTY, the CTS Vsport was like a twin-turbo bomb that blew the judges away. It didn’t matter whether we were whipping around the track, carving up the back roads, or hauling down the highway, the 2014 CTS lineup -- and the Vsport in particular—showcased more than enough good stuff to score the Golden Calipers. Now that the tire smoke and shrapnel from Car of the Year has cleared, it’s time to see what 24/7, 365 in the saddle reveals about the new Caddy.
For the uninitiated, the Vsport’s twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 pumps out 420 horses and 430 lb-ft of torque, backed by a smoothly operating eight-speed automatic. This example clocked in a shade slower than our COTY tester, at 4.5 seconds to 60 mph en route to a 13.0-second, 109.4-mph quarter-mile. And, thanks in part to a mighty set of Brembos up front, the Vsport stops in a supercar-esque 100 feet.
The Vsport we have comes loaded with a gripload of standard features -- as do all Vsports -- including magnetic ride control, multiple electronic safety nannies, and a host of interior amenities anchored by Cadillac’s CUE navi/infotainment system. In fact, the only option on our year-long eval is its Red Obsession Tintcoat sheen at $995, which adds to the $59,995 base price. The whole shooting match comes to $60,990.
So far, I’ve spent a few days bombing around L.A. in the Vsport, and the car is very much what I remember from my COTY experience: fast, nimble, and rip-roaring fun. Stay tuned as I get far more granular in the months to come. And be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter @MT_Floyd for more off-the-cuff observations about the super-duper version of our 2014 Car of the Year.
|2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$60,990|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||3.6L/420-hp*/430-lb-ft* twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3938 lb (52/48%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||195.5 x 72.2 x 57.2 in|
|0-60 MPH||4.5 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||13.0 sec @ 109.4 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||100 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.96 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||24.5 sec @ 0.78 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||16/24/18 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY||211/140 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS||1.03 lb/mile|