Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

The iconic station wagon. No other car exemplifies the American family better than this vehicle. Gather the family, including Aunt Edna, hop in your big V8 powered gas guzzling wagon and head out onto the open road. It doesn’t even matter where you go, it’s all about the drive and the experiences that you have along the way. Sadly though, that dream faded about the time I was born. The days of sitting too close to your annoying siblings and enduring endless hours of sweaty driving came to an abrupt halt in the 80’s. Minivans and suv’s took center stage as family haulers. But did the dream really die? Maybe the sweet station wagon just went dormant for awhile and its comeback time is now. Some auto-makers seem to think this is the case. One of those companies is Cadillac and their CTS-V Sport Wagon has the potential to explode the dormant wagon back onto the market.
 You may have already read some articles about this car in the past but I just want to reiterate the absurdity of this thing. Powered by a 6.2 liter V8 the monster wagon puts out 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft of torque which should be plenty to haul any American sized family across the country.  And sure it’s on the list for the least fuel efficient cars of 2012, but that just adds to the ridiculousness of this thing and makes me want it even more. With oversized Brembo brakes and the same magnetic ride controls GM has been fitting on most of their sport models this wagon handles quite a bit better than an old caprice too.
It’s available with a 6-speed auto with paddle shifters or a 6-speed manual which would definitely be my preference. All of this comes together to provide a blistering 4 second 0-60 time. That’s quick enough to light your vacation trousers on fire. A station wagon wouldn’t be a station wagon without some massive cargo space too and with 58 cubic feet the CTS-V proves it’s a legitimate wagon. So with station wagons making a comeback I think it would be appropriate for the Griswold’s to get back together for another fun filled trip across the country, but this time in a new Cadillac CTS-V sport wagon.  

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