The All-New Cadillac CTS Tackles The Challenging Nürburgring

2014 Cadillac CTS

Measuring 12.9 miles (20.8 km) and including some 154 turns, the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife (“north loop”) is widely considered the world’s most-demanding course for vehicle validation.  It was a no brainer then, that Caldillac would drive the all-new 2014 CTS and CTS

Vsport here in an effort to record lap times that would validate its reputation as a driver’s car.

“The Nürburgring’s extreme conditions allow us to push cars to the limits of stability, steering, braking, ride and handling.  The new CTS models had a lot to live up to considering the nameplate’s history of outstanding performance, and we were not disappointed.” – Dave Leone, CTS executive chief engineer, Performance Luxury Vehicles.

Cadillac vehicle dynamics performance engineer Kevin Zelenka and Jeff Grabowski drove full production models of CTS and CTS Vsport with no performance modifications, validating all-new 2014 CTS sedan that goes on sale this fall.

“The new CTS was an absolute riot to drive on the Ring. It’s more athletic and refined, and the Vsport proved extremely capable. If a car performs well on the Ring, it will perform well on any road in the world.” – Kevin Zelenka.

Now for the nerd-stuff!  READ: Awesome engineering goodies!

The all-new CTS is engineered from the ground up to deliver a driving experience that combines sport-tuned handling with world-class comfort. Its segment-exclusive Magnetic Ride Control and electronic limited slip differential constantly monitor rear-wheel rotation to ensure optimal handling in a variety of road conditions.

The CTS has been the centerpiece of Cadillac’s portfolio for more than a decade. The third-generation CTS is one inch lower, five inches longer and more than 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The new car also has lower curb weight, greater structural stiffness and more horsepower than its primary competitors.

Notably, the 2014 CTS Vsport, featuring Cadillac’s first  Twin-Turbo engine and eight-speed transmission, recorded a lap time of 8:14.10, almost six seconds faster than the first generation CTS-V recorded 10 years ago with a larger V-8 engine.

That being said, Nurburgring Taxi driver Sabine Schmitz was able to accomplish 8:16s in a Ford Siera Cosworth at the age of 16 and just a few years ago would do  the same time in a mid 2000’s BMW M5.  See for yourself:

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Now, that is NOT a dig at Cadillac.  In fact pointing that out is my way of complimenting them.  Both the Ford Siera Cosworth and E39 M5 are considered some of the worlds greatest driving vehicles in the history of motoring.  That gives us reason to continue to pay attention to the products being turned out by American auto manufacturers as they really aren’t your Grand Dad’s car companies any more.

The 2014 CTS standard model will start at $46,025, including $925 destination. Three collections of option packages – Luxury, Performance and Premium – will be offered with either the 2.0T turbocharged four cylinder or 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 engine in either rear- or all-wheel drive. The CTS Vsport model starts at $59,995, including $925 destination, and features the new Cadillac Twin-Turbo 3.6L V6 (420 hp) in RWD only with an eight-speed transmission.

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