One of the most exciting vehicles Cadillac has made in years is the CTS-V series, which is scarily powerful. A toned-down version is in the works, the Touring Package for the 2012 CTS lineup.
CTS a rockstar for Cadillac
The Cadillac CTS is a key part of Cadillac’s strategy to shed the brand’s image as a old person’s car and take on the Germans in the luxury car segment.
The CTS has certainly been a strong seller. In December of 2011, according to The Car Connection, 16,259 Cadillacs were sold. Of those, 5,420 were from the CTS line, according to the Lansing State Journal, although it isn’t known how many were coupes, sedans, wagons or V series. From January to the end of September 2011, according to Cadillac, 15,771 CTS coupes alone had been sold, 20 percent of which were the CTS-V coupe. It’s a heavyweight among the mid-size luxury performance segment and is likely to stay there.
Facelift package for CTS
Some people think the CTS-V series is much more attractive-looking than the typical CTS but don’t want to have to fork over the extra $30,000 to upgrade. They also may not want to deal with the terrifying 556-horsepower V-8 that lurks under the hood. Cadillac has those people in mind with the new CTS edition, which is basically a CTS-V without the eight cylinder engine, according to USA Today. Called the Touring Package, the new version will have the same wheels, exhaust, grille and headlights as the V series.
According to AutoBlog, the CTS Touring Package for the 2012 Cadillac CTS line will also have a modified suspension. It isn’t known whether it will get the Magnetic Ride Control system found in the CTS-V and other high-performance General Motors models. Available engines are the standard 3.0-liter or 3.6-liter V-6 engines in the CTS line. The 3.0-liter V-6, according to Cadillac’s website, produces 270 horsepower and the 3.6-liter V-6 produces 318. The 3.0-liter is offered in the base sedan and wagon and the 3.6-liter is offered in the base Coupe, but the 3.6-liter is an option for the Sedan and the Wagon.
V series looks for 3 series money
The Touring package will cost an additional $2,065 for the 3.0-liter V-6 and $2,810 for the 3.6-liter V-6. The 3.6-liter variant also comes with Recaro seats, slightly larger wheels and the option of summer or all-season tires. All CTS cars, except for the V series, have all-wheel-drive as an option, so the Touring package likely will as well. The base CTS sedan starts at $35,915, and the addition of the Touring Package should keep the car under $40,000, much less than the $63,215 the CTS-V sedan starts at.