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2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon First Test

Fourth Time's a Quick Charm

Jonny Lieberman
Dec 21, 2014
Photographers: Jessica Walker
Tell me if this makes any sense: The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon you see here is the quickest-accelerating CTS-V we've ever tested. Not only that, but at 4,450 pounds, it's also the heaviest. Huh? Strange but true. Well, mostly true. This particular CTS-V Wagon is an automatic and has a sunroof, and as such it weighs 4,450 pounds. The last V Wagon we tested was a manual sans sunroof, and it weighed 4,353 pounds. We've tested another V-Wagon with a six-speed manual with a metal roof, and it weighed 4,371 pounds. The first CTS-V Wagon we ever tested way back in 2010 weighed in at 4,364 pounds. It was also a manual, and it had a sunroof. Seems that the automatic adds at least 80 pounds. Optional seats and wheels probably explain the rest of the density discrepancy.
Right, the quickness. This CTS-V Wagon was able to blast to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Quick, no? The quickest times we ever saw before (in ascending order) were 4.0 seconds flat, 4.2 seconds, and 4.3 seconds for our long-term loaner. For a little perspective, 3.9 seconds to 60 mph is the same time as the 50th Anniversary Porsche 911. That's a tenth of a second quicker than a Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and a BMW M4. Nuts for a wagon, no? Yes, all-wheel-drive monsters such as the E63 AMG or Audi RS7 are even quicker (3.4 seconds for the Benz, 3.2 seconds for the RS7), but the AWD traction takes away from handling prowess. A recent trip to Austin, Texas, and the Circuit of the Americas F1 track with this very same CTS-V Wagon confirmed that. Besides, do you really need a wagon that hits 60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds? Don't answer that.
Photo 2/48   |   2014 Cadillac CTS V Wagon Front Three Quarter
As for quarter-mile times, we've actually had one Caddy wagon that was as quick. This Cadillac goes 1,320 feet in 12.3 seconds, trapping out at 115.0 mph. The silver wagon we used for our Three Loco comparison (CTS-V Wagon, Porsche Panamera Turbo, BMW X6M) ran the quarter in an identical 12.3 seconds, but its trap speed was a bit better, at 116.7 mph. Remember, that one was 80 pounds lighter. Still, 12.3 seconds in the quarter mile is an excellent time for any car and remains an absurd performance for a station wagon; 12.3 seconds is exactly the same, in fact, as the Chevy Z/28, one tenth of a second better than a BMW i8, and one tenth of a second behind a BMW M4 and the 50th Anniversary 911.
Here's the crazy part: This CTS-V Wagon's figure-eight time is 24.8 seconds. That number handily beats all the other CTS-V wagons we've ever tested, the best of which ran a 25.2-second lap. Half a second quicker is a pretty large differential on our figure-eight course. Moreover, anything in the 24-second range is a wicked athlete. For instance, the Subaru STI does the deed in 24.9 seconds. The Porsches and BMWs mentioned above are all in the 24-second range (24.6 seconds for the i8, 24.2 seconds for the M4 and 24.3 seconds for the 50th Anniversary 911). Of course the Camaro is in a totally different league, as it's able to run the figure eight in 23.6 seconds. But remember, this station wagon weighs 4,450 pounds. The i8 is 3,378 pounds, the M4 weighs 3,604 pounds, the Porsche is 3,313 pounds, and the heavyweight Camaro is 3,858 pounds. The 60-to-0 mph braking performance is on par with the other cars, stopping in a tidy 105 feet.
What does all of this mean? Just like the very existence of the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, I'm not really sure. I have a partial explanation. We got our hands on this car at COTA (Circuit of the Americas) in Texas. It was about 45 degrees out that day, and the chief engineer of the CTS-V said: "This is perfect weather for the supercharger. The cars will probably be making 580 horsepower." Now, the cars are supposed to be making 556 hp (and 553 lb-ft of torque). Would coldish air add around 4-percent more power? Maybe, but by a very odd coincidence the Camaro ZL1 features the same LSA engine as the CTS-V, and it makes 580 hp. I asked Caddy why they mentioned such a specific number. All I got in response was a smile. So either this particular car is goosed up, or all the 2014s are. How else to explain the heaviest CTS-V Wagon we've ever laid our hands on being the quickest?
Photo 6/48   |   2014 Cadillac CTS V Wagon Front End In Motion

2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
BASE PRICE $67,125
PRICE AS TESTED $75,355
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door wagon
ENGINE 6.2L/556-hp/551-lb-ft supercharged OHV 16-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,450 lb (52/48%)
WHEELBASE 113.4 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 192.0 x 72.5 x 58.0 in
0-60 MPH 3.9 sec
QUARTER MILE 12.3 sec @ 115.0 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 105 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.93 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.8 sec @ 0.81 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 12/18/14 mpg
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 281/187 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS 1.37 lb/mile
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