From a consumer standpoint, the Cadillac CTS-V sports wagon is an odd duck. First, it’s a station wagon. While wagons are beloved shapes by Europeans and–by extension–any serious car enthusiast, the average American car buyer long ago voted with their dollars in favor of SUVs and crossovers. Most Americans also shifted to automatic transmissions, yet the Cadillac CTS-V sports wagon is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Finally, General Motors plunked a supercharged 566 horsepower V-8 engine into the CTS-V wagon’s engine bay. Awesome figure, but absolutely useless in day-to-day traffic on roads with 65 mph maximum speed limits. Expect the average Joe / Jane to also turn their noses at the CTS-V’s EPA-estimated 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway as well.
The 2011 CTS-V does have fans. Otherwise, why build it? Motor Trend’s staff absolutely loved the Caddy. Gushes Associate Online Editor Christian Seabaugh, “I. Love. This. Car. Putting it simply, if this car were a woman, I’d marry it. The CTS-V Wagon did everything I asked it to and more. It was docile and comfortable enough to put me to sleep when I wanted it to, yet adrenaline-infusing and wickedly fast when I needed some excitement. I was honestly expecting a car this powerful to be compromised in some way and I was hard pressed all weekend to find it.”
Even MT spouses fell for the CTS-V sports wagon. Says Scott Evans, associate editor. “As soon as I started it up, my wife just looked at me and said ‘this is such a dad’s car. She’s right, I’d love to take my future kids to soccer practice in this thing.”
Automotive.com, as the consumer arm of the Motor Trend Automotive Group, easily succumbed to the CTS-V’s sonorous charm. “It had seemingly limitless amounts of torque,” writes Assistant Editor Jacob Brown. “That engine just pulled—even in sixth gear. It was surreal that a 4,200-pound station wagon could go so fast with such little effort. Yet, it could schlep along at 60 or 70 all day, easy.” Nods Trevor Dorchies, assistant editor: “From the moment I sat down, I could just tell the CTS-V was cut from a different cloth. The interior was beautifully finished and every button snapped into position and with a purpose. It’s not until you put your right foot down that you remember you’re driving a wagon that produces 556-hp, because you feel like you’re in a luxury-liner.” Automotive.com’s news director Keith Buglewicz was more succinct about his drive in the Cadillac CTS-V: “Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme.”
The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V sports wagon was in Motor Trend’s stable for a year, with most editors enjoying its blinding speed and near-telepathic handling for only a few hours at a stretch. But Motor Trend’s executive editor Johnny Lieberman won, as he puts it, the “lotto” as the Caddy’s main driver for the year. During that time, he banged the CTS-V to its fullest, from the epic “beer run” to more quiet times drag racing against the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sports wagon.
So how does Lieberman handle parting with the Caddy that he so lovingly shepherded for a year? Check out the video below. Hint: bring tissues.
Source: Motor Trend, YouTube