Cadillac CTS - car review

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In August 2001, one of the most prestigious American golf clubs in Pebble Beach hosted the first show of a new luxury sedan Cadillac CTS, which replaced the outdated model Cadillac Catera. The premiere at Pebble Beach was considered “unofficial”: the big world tour of the Cadillac CTS began in early September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The car went on sale at the end of 2002. CTS is a vivid example of a car produced in the period of total globalization and a new economic order. This affected his technical “stuffing”, but not at all on his appearance - the little Cadillac was and still is the “Caddy” to which the Americans are accustomed.

The car is built on a completely new rear-wheel drive platform GM Sigma, specially designed for Cadillac. Among the design features - high-strength, but relatively lightweight body made of galvanized steel and fully independent suspension (in front of double wishbone, rear - multi-link). The appearance of the sedan is designed in the new corporate style of the company art and science: sharp edges of the body, elongated vertical front lights, massive bumpers. The body of the CTS is extremely “multifaceted”, deliberately chopped forms look a bit brutal, even the body of the exterior mirrors are angular.

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The front part of the car is decorated with a large, forward-facing grille with a “family” coat of arms, vertical headlights located at the ends of the wings, and an almost solid bumper with a combination of direction indicators and “fog lights”. On the front lighting CTS should be said separately. Almost regular rectangles hide two vertically positioned lenses under them, headlight washers lurk under a small plastic triangle. The parking lights are not immediately noticeable - a small light bulb surrounded by a multi-focus reflector shines modestly in the lower corner of the headlight.

Beautiful and even a bit pompous. Large vertical lights at the ends of the wings are separated by a giant license plate area with respect to the relatively modest size of the car, an indisputable decoration of which is the LED brake light. To match the stylish appearance and controllability of the car. The CTS is lively and sharp in management, and this is assisted by the new 3.2-liter V6 engine, which is produced at the Vauxhall branch plant in Cheshire (United Kingdom). Maximum engine power - 220 hp At 6000 rpm, the maximum torque is 295 Nm at 3400 rpm. This engine is based on the engine installed on the Cadillac Catera.

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Together with the engine, either a manual transmission or a five-speed “automatic” work. In addition, a modification with a 2.6-liter engine is offered in foreign markets. In 2005, the engine range for European buyers was updated. A basic 2.8-liter V6 DOHC engine with a VVT system, developing 215 hp, appeared.

and 262 Nm, as well as an optional modified 3.6-liter DOHC V6, which develops 257 hp. and 340 Nm. The Cadillac CTS comes standard with 6 airbags, ABS, Brake Assist, 16-inch alloy wheels, separate climate control, full power, including a driver's seat with 8 adjustments and “memory”, an audio system with a CD changer, and for an extra charge dynamic stabilization system StabiliTrak, leather trim and panels "under the tree", xenon headlights, electric sunroof, navigation DVD-system with a TV tuner and much more. In 2005, the European version of the Cadillac CTS-V, prepared by the specialists of the new General Motors Performance Division, was also presented in Europe.

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Externally, the car features lower ground clearance, an aerodynamic package (spoilers, side skirts), the original mesh grille and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The main difference is the forced LS6 engine from the 5.7-liter Chevrolet Corvette (V8 16V), which develops 400 hp. and 536 Nm. For the CTS-V, a specially designed new 6-speed manual gearbox Tremec E-56 with a rear self-locking differential Getrag. In 2007, the concern General Motors presented an updated version of the mid-size sedan Cadillac CTS 2008 at the Detroit auto show. The novelty has become wider and longer than its predecessor. At the same time, the length of the wheelbase remained unchanged - 2.87 meters.

The most significant changes affected the interior. Sedan and wagon modifications Cadillac CTS are not limited. In 2010, the premiere of the CTS coupe model was held. Although this model is based on a sports sedan, it inherited from it only the control panel, center console, headlights, front fenders and grille.

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The unique features of the CTS Coupe include a hardtop classic design without a traditional center pillar, a windshield at a more gentle angle (62.3 degrees) and a long, almost horizontal rear window area. The coupe is 50 mm shorter than the sedan (4789 mm), 51 mm lower (1,422 mm) and 41 mm wider (1,883 mm). But the wheelbase remained unchanged - 2880 mm. The volume of the trunk (298 liters) can be increased by folding the rear seats. This car will leave few people indifferent and certainly will not go unnoticed in the city traffic.

The interior of the CTS Coupe almost completely copies the saloon. Everything is done solidly and from enough quality materials. Everything is customary on the dashboard; of the rarely used devices, there is only an oil pressure indicator (at the bottom on the right dial).

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The large display shows not only the navigation data, but also a picture from the rear view camera. On the spokes of the steering wheel control buttons cruise control, heated rim and "radio". On the back side are the manual gearshift keys. By the way, despite the contactless key, the engine starts with a handle, not a button. The front seats are electrically adjustable, heated and ventilated. Optionally, you can install racing sports seats Recaro. There is enough legroom at the back, but due to the low roof and a serious tilt of the rear pillar, tall people may feel discomfort.

Unlike the CTS sedan, the door handles of the coupe are electronic, they have no mechanical connection with the locks. Moreover, the external "buttons" are hidden in the recess on the back of the door. In case of a breakdown in the legs, the driver and the front passenger also have a mechanical “opener”. The trunk release button is hidden in the pocket of the left door, but the trunk can also be opened with a button on the key tag key fob. The petrol V6 is equipped with direct fuel injection and develops 304 hp at 6400 rpm and 369 newton meters at 3400 rpm. True, if we recount the 226.7 kW indicated in the specifications according to our standard, then the “horses” are 308.

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And in the German specification, the coupe engine already produces 311 forces and 374 “newtons”. The engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-band automatic. Special attention is the fact that the version of the CTS Coupe can be both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The latter is noticeably heavier, slower in acceleration (7.4 seconds to “hundred” versus 6.5), the maximum speed is less by 16 km / h - 225 instead of 241 for the coupe with two driving wheels. Chassis CTS Coupe differs from the suspension of a sedan. The coupe rear track expanded by 14 mm.

And in order to reduce the degree of understeer, engineers "played" with the diameters of anti-roll bars: the front became thinner, and the rear, on the contrary, thicker. In addition, the main pair in the transmission coupe has become “shorter” for better acceleration. There are two options available for setting the Cadillac CTS Coupe suspension: the “Performance Package” option, designed for speed and dynamic performance, with 18-inch wheels and all-season tires (available for both the rear-wheel drive version and the all-wheel drive version) or the summer version tires "Summer Tire Performance Package" with 19-inch wheels with increased traction.

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The StabiliTrak chassis control system comes as standard. The basic equipment includes xenon headlights, leather interior with electric drives, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, electric steering column and heated steering wheel rim, comfort access system, 19-inch wheels for rear-wheel drive versions and 18-inch for all-wheel drive versions and many other nice things.

Cadillac CTS Coupe comfort and entertainment equipment includes a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround audio system with iPod / MP connectivity, a 40 GB hard drive with music storage and a special function for radio stations that allows you to pause the air and start playing from the same places (pause-and-replay), a navigation system moving out from the central part of the control panel, an adaptive head-lighting system, a rear-view camera. There are only two options - it is an electric sunroof and extended wood trim. The coupe also has a “charged” version of the CTS-V Coupe. Engine power 556 hp made this modification one of the most powerful in Cadillac history.

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The speed of 100 km / h car reaches only 3.9 seconds. Two types of 6-speed gearboxes are offered with this powerful unit: a manual Tremec TR6060 with dual clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90, an automatic with manual shift control. Salon Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is not much different from its donor sedan. Everything is very sound and stylish: contrasting seams on the dashboard and doors, which are trimmed with black leather; the seats are adjustable in 14 positions and provide excellent support during high-speed driving; many multimedia devices, both auxiliary for the driver, and for the rest of the satellites. On the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe applied adaptive proprietary suspension Magnetic Ride Control.

Through the use of magnetic-rheological technologies, rather than mechanical valves as in other similar systems, MRC was able to achieve an enormously short system response time to a change in the traffic situation. At the 2013 New York Auto Show, Cadillac introduced the third generation of the CTS sedan. The car received a new look and interior. It is built on the new GM Alpha platform (the 2013 Cadillac ATS was the first to use this rear-wheel drive platform), with the result that the external dimensions have increased.

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The third-generation Cadillac CTS has become noticeably longer (+107 mm), but at the same time, slightly narrower (-7 mm) and lower (-20 mm) of its predecessor, which made its silhouette more rapid and sporty. The length of the Cadillac CTS 2014 is 4966 mm, the length of the wheelbase stretched to 2910 mm, width is 1833 mm, and height - 1454 mm. The track widths of the front and rear wheels are 1560 and 1568 mm, respectively. The curb weight of the initial version of the sedan with a 2.0-liter engine is only 1,640 kg, i.e.

Car 2014 model year dropped 110 kg compared with the previous generation. A new platform, made of high-strength, but light steel, doors and front suspension elements made of aluminum, helped to lose weight while increasing the size in the car. The designers managed to achieve almost perfect weight distribution along the axes. Sedan with a 2.0L Turbo engine with rear-wheel drive boasts a ratio of 50.3% for the front axle and 49.7% for the rear. In cars with more powerful engines (due to the greater mass of the engine), the front wheels account for 51-51.5%. Externally, the Cadillac CTS III has not changed globally.

Designers smoothed the corners a bit, making the sedan more elegant, redesigned the front and rear, and also changed the inclination of the windshield, thereby significantly improving the aerodynamic performance. A distinctive feature of the design can be called a massive front part, a large grille, a very wide hood and new headlights (rear and front). The car body is registered in simple straight lines. The huge shield of the false radiator grille is decorated with the Cadillac coat of arms, the bumper sculpture is complemented by original solutions in the form of racks of LED lamps, stylishly switching to exquisite headlamps.

Front fairing with bright aerodynamic elements and additional air ducts hints at the sporty character of a sedan. The car feed is designed in the corporate style of an American company with vertical sections of side lights with LED content, a bright vertical edge running through the center of the trunk lid and bumper, stylish trapezium exhaust nozzles integrated into the rear bumper plane. New rear spoiler creates additional downforce for the drive wheels, allowing you to better use the capabilities of the motor. In short, the third generation sedan Cadillac CTS looks strictly, harmoniously, expensive and even aristocratic.

The stylish and noble exterior of the new generation Cadillac CTS sedan is designed to highlight the stylish colors of enamel: White Diamond (white), Radiant Silver (light silver), Silver Coast (dark silver), Vanilla Latte (light beige), Summer Gold (golden) , Glacier Blue (blue), Opulent Blue (blue), Tuscan Bronze (bronze), Thunder Gray Chromaflair (dark gray), Crystal Red (red), Black Raven (black) and Black Diamond (black diamond). In Russia, the Cadillac CTS 2014 is offered with only one power plant option.

Under the hood of a sedan is a straight-line 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a displacement of 2.0 liters, a TwinSpin rotary turbocharging system, a 16-valve DOHC type of timing, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. This motor is capable of producing up to 276 hp. maximum power at 5500 rev / min, and also provide up to 400 Nm of torque in the range from 1700 to 5500 rev / min.

Americans do not offer a choice of gearboxes, aggregating the engine with only a 6-band “automatic”, which demonstrates a decent level of fuel economy: the sedan will need about 11.7 liters of gasoline in urban traffic, the new product will be 7.8 liters on the highway, and in the combined cycle "Eat" about 9.4 liters. In the all-wheel drive version, fuel consumption will increase accordingly to the following values: 12.3 liters, 8.4 liters and 10.2 liters. In the markets of other countries, the gamma of engines has been expanded with a new 3.6 liter engine producing 425 hp.

It works together with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration of the car with a motor of 425 hp Up to 100 km / h is 4.8 seconds. In addition to these two engines, an old 3.6 liter (aspirated) engine of 311 hp remained in the line. Salon has become more spacious and comfortable. The new seats and ergonomic panel in the style of the Cadillac ATS create an atmosphere of comfort, while providing the highest level of comfort when traveling any distance. In the interior decoration, only high-quality materials are used, including leather, aluminum, rare woods and carbon fiber.

The driver and front passenger are offered comfortable seats with pronounced support for the back and thighs and with heating and ventilation. To find the optimal position will help electric adjustments in 20 directions. A choice of eight original interior design options. The salon has a new multimedia system with an 8-inch screen and a new gesture support feature. As an additional option, a 12.4 inch display can also be ordered, the latest Bose audio system with 12 speakers, and many more attributes.

The driver of the sedan as the equipment of his workplace received a multifunctional steering wheel with electric adjustment in four directions and a heated rim, a projection screen (on the windshield) with a choice of output information, an electronic parking brake and an electronic glove box lock. It remains only to add that the trunk of the Cadillac CTS 2014 is far from the most capacious (only 388 liters).

Already in the base, the new sedan is equipped with the Magnetic Ride Control system, which controls the stiffness of the shock absorbers in real time, as well as with the system of automatic alignment of the body position and changes in the steering stiffness depending on the speed of the vehicle. In addition, the Americans included the StabiliTrak dynamic stabilization system, the TRC traction control system and 4-channel ABS in the standard equipment list. In the initial configuration, the Cadillac CTS has only rear-wheel drive, but in more expensive versions it is equipped with an all-wheel drive system that connects the front axle via an electronically controlled clutch.

The Cadillac CTS has also received 10 airbags, and a system that will prevent the driver from falling asleep, as well as the latest system of options to prevent frontal and rear impact. On all wheels of the 3rd generation Cadillac CTS sedan, ventilated disc brakes are used. At the same time, Brembo mechanisms were installed on the wheels of the front axle, which received high-performance linings with nitro-ferritic cementation (used for the first time) and a new cooling system. Supplemented brake system with electronically controlled parking brake.

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