Drive: Cadillac CTS-V, The four-door Corvette

The four-door Corvette

Cadillac is one of the most glamorous names in the history of the automobile, even if the luxury cars in Europe is always a little rar. In the first quarter of the GM luxury brand sold 254 vehicles in the Old world. This is, after all, a growth of 12.4 percent compared to the first three months of the previous year. And with 122 new registrations almost every second was accounted for on the Autoland Germany. That means that each day a buyer is found. In the pond of the M and AMG models from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the Americans fishing with the Cadillac CTS-V.

The so far most powerful production Cadillac impressed with no less than 477 kW / 649 HP and 855 nm of torque. And not only on paper but also in the driving operation. Because the 6.2-Liter supercharged V8 engine parent company, General Motors gets out of the Corvette rack. With acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in under four seconds, the four-door the two-door organ donor. Only at 320 km/h-wheel drive the powerful rear.

Since it does not have to be more than 2500 Rpm, to glide with 175 km/h smoothly over the highway, or 205 km/h with 3000 tours. The sovereign, instead of a brute and doesn't feel that way, not least also thanks to the impeccable Magnetic-Ride-Control-suspension and well-tuned Eight-speed automatic as fast as it actually is. The Collision warning system works according to the American model, and warns you by vibrating the seat – not everyone likes this, but effectively it is all.

A Launch Control and four driving modes ("Tour", "Sport", "Snow/Ice" and "Track") leave it to the driver, whether he wants to move the Cadillac CTS-V rather than a luxurious sedan or as a High-Performance sports car. We were moving anyway, the Cadillac CTS-V with about 16.5 litres per 100 kilometres. That is, given a norm value of 13 liters.

© Cadillac Cadillac CTS-V. The Alcantara interior ambience not quite reached the quality of the established domestic competitors, but it is pleasant and the atmosphere is absolutely sufficient. Typical American playful, the three digital present the Round or semi-round instruments in the Cockpit, which can be varied to configure. The graphic design could be a bit more resourceful and, therefore, higher-quality work. Otherwise, the Cadillac is not stingy – starting on electrically adjustable side bolsters in the Recaro front seats for the thigh (2400 euros extra) via Wi-Fi to the three-part front camera. The latter helps when Parking, to preserve the Carbon-fibre front splitter from an unwanted acquaintance with the curb.

This Cadillac is another proof that even in the Western hemisphere cheap cars can be built. The basic price of 98 € 500 for two years, includes an Eight-inch Touchscreen, heated rear seats, Three-zone air conditioning, and 360-degree Surround-View, as well as automatically dipping high-beam, just to name a few. (ampnet/jri)

Technical data Cadillac CTS-V

Length x width x height (m): 5,02 x 1.83 x 1.45 Wheelbase (m): 2,91 Engine: V8 petrol engine, engine displacement of 6162 CC, Roots supercharger, direct injection Power: 477 kW / 649 HP at 6400 U/min Max. Torque 855 Nm at 3600 rpm Maximum speed: 320 km/h Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h: 3.8 sec. Unladen weight: 1880 kg Luggage Compartment Capacity: 388 Litres Turning circle: 12.3 m Wheels / tires: 9.5 J x 19 at the front, 10 J x 19 at the rear / 265/35 ZR 19 front, 295/30 ZR 19 rear Base Price: 98 500 € Test Price: 104 Car 450 Euro