2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
The Cadillac CTS-V lineup was an instant success, especially in its second generation. The supercharged LSA-powered Cadillacs were a breath of fresh air in the American car market, offering both the luxury and styling of a modern Caddy and the raucous performance of the Camaro ZL1. In sedan and coupe forms the CTS-Vs were massively popular, but neither achieved the cult-like following that quickly surrounded the CTS-V wagon. For years, the Germans had a white-knuckle grip on the niche high-performance station wagon market and with RS, AMG. and ///M wagons muscling their way into the hearts of American auto enthusiasts. GM Vice Chairman, Bob Lutz, made a very simple comment: “... should sufficient demand materialize, there is no reason why we couldn't do a V-Series wagon, and I would be standing in line for one, just ahead of you." The next year, GM turned that comment into a reality. The result was met with phrases like “the ultimate sleeper,” “a war hammer,” and “perfect.” This was a highly practical, family-friendly station wagon with a luxurious interior and handsome styling with 556 hp, 551 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. Frankly, the CTS-V wagon was something never before seen from an American auto-manufacturer.
The CTS-V being offered is an immaculate, well optioned example with only 11,700 miles on the clock. The Red Obsession paint option over black leather and Antarctica is a striking and menacing combination, perfectly suited for a dual-natured beast such as this. The 6.2 liter supercharge LSA manages to be both smooth an unobtrusive at lower RPMs while sharing a number of characteristics with a ballistic missile as you urge the accelerator towards the floor. For the horsepower junkie with practical needs, this is perhaps the best American car ever made.