2014 Cadillac CTS: 420-HP Twin-Turbo V-6, 0-60 MPH in 4.6 Seconds
The 2014 Cadillac CTS will be offered with a 420-hp twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic, the automaker has revealed. The 2014 CTS debuts at the upcoming New York auto show, but it’s been confirmed that the 2014 Cadillac XTS will get a version of the new twin-turbo V-6, as well.
In the 2014 Cadillac CTS, the engine produces 420 hp at 5750 rpm and 430 lb-ft of torque at 3500-4500 rpm. On this non-V CTS, Cadillac claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds with a top speed of about 170 mph. A version of the engine will also be made available in the 2014 Cadillac XTS.
The 2014 CTS’ twin-turbo V-6 will be mated to an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Though we’ll hold off judgment until we’ve had a chance to test a new CTS, Cadillac claims the new transmission allows for quieter highway driving with quick wide-open-throttle upshifts and 1.5-percent improved fuel economy over a six-speed automatic. GM says 90 percent of the engine’s torque is available from 2500-5500 rpm.
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The rest of the 2014 Cadillac CTS lineup is predictable — the ATS’ turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 is the base engine, with 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is offered with a six-speed automatic and GM estimates that highway fuel economy may hit 30 mpg in rear-drive form (18-19/28-30 mpg for RWD and AWD). All-wheel drive will be available on the turbo 2.0-liter I-4 and the 3.6-liter V-6, which now makes 321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. While premium gas is recommended on the I-4, the 3.6-liter V-6 runs on regular and is expected to get 18-19/27-28 mpg for RWD and AWD. Until a V variant comes along, the Twin Turbo model sits at the top of the CTS lineup, with a GM-estimated 17/25 mpg and required premium gas.
In GM’s release there was no mention of the ATS-V, but if the 420-hp twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 can make the 2014 CTS accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, it may do just fine under the hood of the ATS.
By Zach Gale