Cadillac rolls out CTS Special Edition with Matte Finish

March 4th, 2013 § 0

2013-cadillac-cts-v-coupe-in-silver-frostCadillac recently launched a special edition of the CTS-V Coupe that features a Silver Frost matte finish. There will only be 100 units of this limited edition Cadillac and the brand is already tagging them as collector editions.

Just like how BMW’s Frozen matte paintwork, the Silver Frost of Cadillac should only be hand washed and also requires conditioning instead of regular waxing. Although it sounds taxing to take care of, the car manufacturer assures its customers that the matte finish is as durable as the usual glossy body paint.

The carmaker made use of a 30-gloss instead of an 80-gloss kind of clear coat applied on a car’s standard finish. The overall look and feel is a dull finish just like what you will expect for anything matte but there is still a bit of sparkle given the right lighting condition.

The CTS-V limited edition will have a 6.2L supercharged V-8 powerplant that cranks out 556 horsepower and a torque of 551 lb-ft. Buyers can opt for yellow brake calipers by Brembo and stain or polished graphite rims.

In case you are not a fan of the dull body finish, Cadillac has some good news for you. Starting March, the brand will introduce a glossy, blue-gray finish called Stealth Blue for the CTS range.

The Stealth Blue paintwork will be available for all sedan and coupe models of the CTS and the Cadillac CTS-V. This will not be available for the sport wagon editions. Aside from the blue exterior option, Cadillac will also offer a Twilight Blue leather package for the interior.

Video: ATS 3.6 by Cadillac races with Mercedes C350 and BMW 335i

December 10th, 2012 § 0

The 3-Series of BMW is a force to reckon with in its segment. It practically became the standard for sporty, luxury compact sedan. This is also true for the Volkswagen Golf.

Somehow this makes life more difficult for BMW. You just cannot come up with a replacement. Every time it needs to be better than the previous version. Other car manufacturers has also made it a point to try and surpass it.

The Cadillac made a loud buzz about the ATS, the brand’s sports saloon that was tested against the best in Nurburgring. Experts have compared it with its BMW counterpart on a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The BMW won that face off.

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Our friends at Motor Trend recently compared the six cylinder version of the potent vehicles. This time the ATS 3.6 of Cadillac goes against the six cylinder version of the BMW 335i. The C350 Sport from Mercedes-Benz also joins in the fun.

All of the cars have automatic gearbox. The BMW makes use of eight speeds while the Cadillac and the Benz have six and seven, respectively.

Looking at the specs chart, you can say that the ATS is the most potent at 321 horsepower. The BMW packs 300HP while the Benz has 302hp. The ATS is also the cheapest at $49,185. The C350 Sport is within the same range at $49,245 while the bimmer goes for $55,870.

Click on the video below and see whats the best choice for a sport sedan priced at roughly $50K.

Cadillac rolls out upgraded entertainment pack for the 2013 SRX

October 17th, 2012 § 0

Cadillac will give the 2013 SRX a new entertainment system that will boasts of a Blu-Ray player and a cordless control. The setup will be linked to the CUE system of Cadillac and will be accessible to any passenger of the vehicle.

The system is pretty neat as it allows passengers to pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled gadgets at onec. Including MP3 players, mobile phones, USBs, and SD cards. The front seats will be able to use an 8-inch screen mounted on the dash to control the functions of the entertainment system. The occupants of the back cabin will be able to use a cordless remote control. There is also a special connector that can link media players to the system.

The best part of the setup is that all screens in the vehicle can operate independently so one passenger can watch a movie while one plays a video game or another listening to the radio.

There is also a wireless headphone that comes with the package. The new headphones come with a better design compared to previous releases.

The new entertainment package will be first rolled out with the 2013 SRX on its Premium SRX and Luxury Performance variants.

More Cadillac models will get the system soon.

2013 Cadillac ATS with 2.4L engine hits 33 mpg rating on the highway

July 13th, 2012 § 0

Engineers of Cadillac have achieved a lot in terms of making the ATS a lightweight and fuel efficient. The Cadillac ATS that sports a four-cylinder engine with a 2.5-liter displacement tips the scale at 3,315 pounds. The fuel numbers are out and they are quite impressive. It was able to return 22 mpg for city driving and a 33 mpg when on the highway.

These gas mileage numbers are quite good in the segment of the Cadillac ATS. Comparing the car to the 2012 328i of BMW, the Bavarian-made luxury sedan with an eight-speed automatic transmission returns 23/33 mpg city/highway. The C250 of Mercedes-Benz 2013 model year that makes use of a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine has a fuel mileage of 21/31 mg city/highway. These numbers clearly put the Cadillac ATS ahead.

The figures serve as a good guide for consumers who are contemplating on buying a compact sport sedan. Engine choices include a 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant that gives out 270 horses while another option is to get the 3.6-liter V-6 that ups the ante to 318 hp. With the V-6 under its hood, the Cadillac ATS can blast from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 5.4 seconds.

The fuel mileage figures for the V-6 versions of the ATS have not been released yet.

New Cadillac XTS starts at $44,995

April 25th, 2012 § 0

The 2013 XTS luxury sedan by Cadillac rolls out to dealerships this spring and has a tag price starting at $44,995 inclusive of destination charge. For now, only there are not other choices for the powertrain but the V6 3.6L engine that produces 300 horsepower with a torque of 264 pound feet paired to a six speed automatic gearbox.

Consumers has a choice to get a front wheel drive or an option to go all wheel drive for the 2013 Cadillac XTS.

The luxury sedan has an expected fuel rating of 17 miles per gallon on city driving and 28 mpg while cruising on the highway if you opt for the front wheel drive while the all wheel drive variant goes for 17 and 27 mpg for city and highway driving, respectively.

There are also several packages to choose from: Platinum, Premium, and Luxury. The Cadillac XTS Platinum is the best of the lineup with the highest level of luxury and technology with a unique appearance in front, rims, colors of the interior, trim, and materials used.

All of the Cadillac XTS models has Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, HiPer Strut suspension in front, and rear air suspension as standard. The Magnetic Ride Control is the most responsive suspension available today and is being used by supercars like those rolling off the Ferrari garage. The XTS also comes with a high end CUE infotainment setup which makes use of a touchscreen interface which you can find on tablet PCs and smartphones.

The XTS is also equipped with long and short-range radar system. These are tapped for adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and traffic alert. Another safety feature is the vibrating seat to alert the driver.

The XTS will hit showrooms by May this year while the CUE system is being previewed on the iPad to help OnStar reps prepare for the flurry on inquiries about the menus and new system.

Cadillac takes Europe more seriously, to offer more Right Hand Drive CTS-V

January 26th, 2012 § 0

2012_Cadillac-CTSCadillac is aiming to improve the popularity of their CTS-V range in Europe, particularly In the UK, by offering the models in a right hand drive setup.

The move to offer RHD units forms part and parcel of the overall goal of the luxury brand to make it good in Europe and taking their consumer bases outside the United States more seriously.

The move was recently shared by the marketing chief of General Motors during a recent press interview. Cadillac and most of the brands of GM will be following design concepts that will fit the demand and satisfy the taste of a wider array of markets.

It might take a few years though before the UK sees the right hand drive Cadillacs on their roads as the car manufacturer will be offering them thru the normal life cycle of their car models.

It is not confirmed yet but the 2013 ATS of Cadillac which is a competitor of the 3 Series of BMW and of the C Class of Mercedes-Benz might be offered with a RHD configuration. GM is hoping for the success of this vehicle in Europe.

The Cadillac ATS was recently unveiled at the auto show in Detroit. The sport sedan is said to be the possible basis when the carmaker builds the next Cadillac CTS and the Camaro.

GM plans to unveil the 2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan in Los Angeles

October 24th, 2011 § 0

Cadillac-XTS-ConceptGeneral Motors is set to unveil the new Cadillac XTS next month during the auto show in Los Angeles. The new XTS will be taking the place of the Cadillac DS and STS.

The 2013 Cadillac XTS production version will be unwrapped and also highlight the CUE entertainment setup. The CUE setup is actually an infotainment suite which includes tools for communication, navigation, and other interface for the user. This CUE will be rolled out to be in the new XTS and ATS sedan, as well as in the crossover SRX.

The new Cadillac XTS was first previewed as the Platinum Concept during last year’s Detroit motor show. The XTS Platinum is powered by a V6 3.6: with direct injection gas engine working with a plug-in hybrid setup. The powerplant can output of around 350 horsepower with a torque of at least 295 pound feet.

General Motors confirmed back in August that the XTS sedan will go in production by Spring next year at their Oshawa factory in Ontario.

It is not certain what engine will be put into the heart of the new Cadillac XTS but it will most likely not include the plug-hybrid setup of the concept vehicle.

GM’s $117M investment secures 1,000 jobs in Ontario plant

August 20th, 2011 § 0

American car manufacturer General Motors Inc. released its announcement about the $117 million investment in Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant in preparation for the production of the brand new Cadillac XTS luxury model. The $117 million investment will safeguard around 400 employees at the assembly plant which had been greatly affected by layoffs in the past years, particularly in the years 2008 and 2009 where almost 1,000 workers had been laid off due to the big loss of the North American car market during which General Motors filed for protection from bankruptcy.

According to GM Canada’s President and Managing Director, Kevin Williams, the production of the Cadillac XTS luxury sedan will strengthen the brand’s commitment to a strong production base in Canada. This gives the Ontario plant a strong influence in the production of the Cadillac.
Old Cadillac models, the STS and the DTS sedans have been discounted. The new Cadillac XTS luxury sedan has been regarded with more stylish features. This new luxury model is intended for the European market and is expected to lure patrons of other Europeans competitors.

The Cadillac XTS sedan will be based on the Epsilon’s front-wheel-drive design platform and will get the same powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that also carries at plug-in hybrid feature. This engine design has been seen first at the 2010 Detroit Auto show. Now, there’s also an optional turbocharged V-6 variant.

The production for the new Cadillac XTS sedan has been scheduled to kick by the middle of 2012 according to official word from the car company.

Flagship sedan of Cadillac gets green light, might replace XTS

July 25th, 2011 § 0

Early this year, media reports about the production of brand new, rear-wheel drive, brand Cadillac have the automobile industry buzzing. While the reports revealed nothing specific, General Motors Inc. did confirm that such program is in the works. However, the car giant did not reveal anything new either.

Today, sources confirmed that General Motors Inc. gave the go signal for the development of the said brand new Cadillac which is set to be the flagship of a new GMI platform. It has been rumored that the plan had been placed in motion out of the board of director’s good will commitment and had just recently received its final approval.

The flagship Cadillac’s rear-wheel drive has been confirmed, with its platform as the GMI’s new program. Internally, this new program is being referred to as “Omega.” Sources said that the flagship Cadillac will feature aluminum and other lightweight materials. The new design is said to be inspired by the so-called Zeta architecture.

To further confirm speculations, GM North America is the head of the development for the flagship Cadillac, which is expected to roll out into showrooms as early as 2015 and 2017. This means that the new rear wheel-drive Cadillac might replace the Cadillac XTS, a model that the new GMI management is not really fond of.

While it’s too early for specifics, speculations about the car’s engine favor the use of the brand’s new Generation V Small Block V-8 engine along with a full hybrid model as another tasty option.

Cadillac tests the CTS-V coupe on the race track

January 28th, 2011 § 0

Cadillac CTS-V CoupeCadillac has started testing the race car CTS-V Coupe on the track fresh from the spotlights of the North American International Auto Show. The CTS-V Coupe zoomed around the Sebring International Raceway in the state of Florida.

The test car was manned by Andy Pilgrim with Johnny O’Connell. The performance of the CTS-V Coupe is being evaluated prior to its debut at the SCCA World Challenge GT that will kick off this March. The race car was developed in coordination with Pratt and Miller.

The specs of the Cadilla CTS-V coupe has not been announced yet but its body is primarily made from carbon fiber and features a big rear wing, ventilated hood, and a really aggressive diffuser. When you look at the stock CTS-V coupe, the car already boasts of 556 horsepower and a torque of 551 lb-ft from its V8 6.2L powerplant. This cadillac can blast from 0 to 100 kilometers per hours in a blink of 3.9 seconds. It has a sticker price of $67,000.

Now imagine what the specially tuned CTS-V coupe can do with all the tweaks and modification done by the engineers and designers of Cadillac and Peter & Miller.

The car manufacturer competed in the World Challenge back in 2004 through 2007 and have grabbed the manufacturer’s championship recognition for 2005 and 2007.

According to Cadillac, their return to the circuit is one way to demonstrate the power and capabilities of the CTS-V Coupe against the other production-based racecars.