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Cadillac CTS

Tue, 09 Jan 2007

By Ben Oliver

Motor Shows

09 January 2007 04:39

New CTS: no mistaking this for anything other than a Cadillac

The all-new CTS compact exec saloon is Caddy's big news from the Detroit show, and they were never going to muck about with a distinctive design direction that has won them praise and younger customers since it began in 2001. The new CTS exaggerates it further with yet-more vertical lamps and grille, plus plenty of bling, using chrome for the air vents, window surrounds, the three-inch exhaust tips and 18-inch rims.

No high-performance V version of the new car has been announced yet, but until it arrives the range will be led by a new direct-injection, 3.6-litre V6 with variable valve timing putting out 300bhp and 270lb ft. The standard 3.6 with 258bhp and 2.8 with 210bhp continue. The two 3.6s will be offered with all-wheel drive as an option, and there are two six-speed boxes; one auto, one manual. The front brakes measure a massive 346mm to rein in all that speed.

By Ben Oliver