2014 Cadillac CTS was officially introduced at the 2013 New York Auto Show and looking at the photos we can say that the German sedans have now an impressive rival. Based on the high-performing rear-drive architecture of the award-winning ATS sport sedan the 2014 CTS promises to be segment’s lightest car, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class.
In terms of design, the 2014 CTS features a new shield grille and signature vertical lightning elements, including LED front signature lightning detail. Inside, the CTS offers a driver-centric cockpit interior with integrated technology and hand-crafted appointments that complement the exterior elements.
As expected, the new Cadillac CTS also offers the Vsport model, which includes 18-inch aluminum wheels with Pirelli summer-only performance tires (19-inch wheels with all-season tires are available as an option), quicker steering ratio, Brembo disc brakes with aluminum calipers and high-performance brake pads, heavy-duty track cooling package, drive-selectable track mode with specific steering rate and Magnetic Ride Control calibrations and an electronic limited-slip differential.
The 2014 CTS also introduces the new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering 420 hp (313 kW) and 430 lb-ft (582 Nm) of torque. Still, the 2014 CTS is available with a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, which delivers 321 hp (239 kw) and 275 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque.
Moreover, the 2.0liter turbo engine is also available, delivering 272 hp (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Cadillac’s new, paddle-shift eight-speed offers efficiency and performance advantages over a six-speed transmission, including 1.5-percent greater fuel economy.
Engineers capitalized on the stiff structure and low curb weight of the new Cadillac CTS sedan with carefully selected suspension and chassis components that deliver a more responsive and nimble driving experience. The sedan’s lightweight structure has fostered a snowball effect on the other low-mass components.
John Plonka, Cadillac’s program engineering manager for the CTS program, said that because they did not need to account for a body structure that’s heavier, they were able to optimize the driving performance of the CTS without relying on larger and heavier components, such as the wheels, the tires, and the brake components. According to him, they optimized performance with the use of smaller and lighter components, which lessened the unsprung weight and therefore enhanced the car’s responsiveness and nimbleness.
The sedan’s new structure features a solidity that enabled the expanded application of the Magnetic Ride Control in the CTS lineup, offering customers the handling and ride advantages of the cutting-edge real-time damping system. It promises body motion control that is more precise, “reading” the road and changing damping quickly, and in just a matter of milliseconds.
Sophisticated suspension systems, both front and rear, are at the core of the CTS sedan’s smooth driving dynamics and responsive feel. These systems include multi-link MacPherson strut suspension featuring a double-pivot design for precise control, as well as a 5-link independent rear suspension, which helps lessen roll-center motion and enables positive lateral control as well as promotes outstanding dynamic stability.
Moreover, the CTS sedan uses ZF Steering Systems’ premium electric and variable-assist power steering gear that’s designed to give excellent response as well as on-center characteristics.
Furthermore, the new CTS is a very quiet sedan, an attribute that’s rooted in its stronger and lighter structure.