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What’s Faster: A Nissan GT-R Or A Station Wagon? 17
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon, Drag Race, Hennessey, nissan, nissan gt-r, video on 03 17th, 2011

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That sounds like a simple enough question to answer, right? Especially when you factor in that the station wagon has a slushbox, and is going head to head against the AWD supercar commonly known as “Godzilla”. Let me throw out a warning here: things arem’t always as simple as they first appear, and in this case the station wagon in question is a Cadillac CTS-V, equipped with a Hennessey V650 upgrade. That means it makes 650 horsepower at the crank, instead of the stock 556 horsepower. It’s also wearing drag radials, since it sends power to the rear wheels only. Still think this is an easy kill for the guy in the GT-R? Watch the video to see what happens.

As races go, it doesn’t get much closer than that. Both cars were dead equal to 60 miles per hour (3.5 seconds), but the Caddy tripped the wire in 11.7 seconds at 122 miles per hour. Godzilla managed 11.8 seconds, and a trap speed of 120 miles per hour. As Autoblog points out, the test may have ended differently if Hennessey had run against a 2012 GT-R, which puts out an additional 45 horsepower and is quicker both to 60 miles per hour and in the quarter mile. I say that misses the point entirely, since it’s easy to throw numbers down on paper. Whether you like station wagons or hate them, you’ve got to be impressed with a wagon that goes as fast in a straight line as a Nissan GT-R.

Source: You Tube, via Autoblog

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Officially Priced at $62,990 6
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac CTS-V, Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon, featured, News on 10 6th, 2010

Slated to be the fastest wagon to ever come off of an assembly line, the new 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon has been announced to have a starting price of $62,990. The CTS-V Sport Wagon does not have much immediate competition in the Americas but if it did, in the form of the BMW M5 or Mercedes Benz E63 AMG, it would be the better performer. That’s because of its same LSA 6.2-liter 556hp Supercharged V8 engine found in the other CTS-V models (Coupe and Sedan).

The CTS-V Sport Wagon will be almost just as fast as its siblings (CTS-V Sedan/Coupe) with a 0-60mph time of 4.0 seconds. The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is currently available for ordering and will be sold in limited quantities according to Cadillac.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Pricing Press Release

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon: Starting At $62,990

The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon will be available at U.S. Cadillac dealers later this year, with pricing from $62,990, including destination. With a 556-horsepower V-8, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds.

“The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a limited production offering for connoisseurs who are interested in the unique combination of V-Series performance with wagon style and capability,” said Don Butler, vice president, Cadillac marketing.

Like the CTS-V sedan and CTS-V Coupe, the CTS-V Wagon features a supercharged 6.2L V-8 delivering 556 horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft of torque (747 Nm). Power is delivered to the rear wheels through either a standard six-speed manual, or a six-speed automatic transmission. Other high-performance features include standard Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and 19-inch forged-aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.

The CTS-V Wagon combines V-Series performance with the practicality of a wagon and the appointments of a luxury sedan. The CTS-V Wagon can accommodate up to 58 cubic-feet of cargo, and features a full range of luxury amenities, such as:

  • Heated, leather-appointed seats
  • In-dash navigation system with 40-gigabyte hard drive
  • Xenon HID headlamps with adaptive forward lighting
  • Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround audio system
  • Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance Service for four years / 50,000 miles

Available options on the CTS-V Wagon include:

  • $3,400 Recaro heated and ventilated, high-performance driver and front-passenger seats
  • $800 19-inch, polished aluminum wheels
  • $600 midnight Sapele Wood trim package
  • $300 Suede steering wheel and shifter

The CTS-V Wagon is now available for ordering from Cadillac retailers in limited quantities for 2011.

[source: Cadillac]