Cadillac has updated their webpages on the newly designed 2014 Cadillac CTS with a lot of interesting info. One key detail that we had been missing was weight for the various models — at the reveal Cadillac said the CTS starts at 3,616 lbs, a weight savings over the current model.
This table shows the Cadillac CTS 2L Turbo does indeed weigh 3,616 lbs. The 3.6L normally aspirated model adds 100+ to 3,745 lbs. Finally, the VSport Twin Turbo 3.6L will hit the scales at 3,952 lbs.
That makes the Cadillac CTS VSport lighter yet than the 2nd Generation Cadillac CTS-V, with a curb weight of 4,253 lbs, or the BMW M5 at 4,387 lbs.
Notionally the 420 hp TTV6 CTS VSport actually ‘lines up’ vs the BMW 550i, with 400 hp TTV8, at 4,404-4376 lbs. Even the BMW 528i Automatic at 3,814 lbs just comes under the VSport weight, but around 200 lbs above the 3,616 lbs for the Cadillac CTS 2L Turbo that it competes with.
So for head-to-head testing of the BMW 550i vs the Cadillac CTS VSport the Cadillac should be around 400 lbs lighter than the Bavarian 5er with similar power and gearing (both 8-speed automatics).
It will be interesting to see the vehicle selections the magazines make for testing — often the model and equipment selected predicts the eventual result of the comparisons. How do you think the competition will go? Can the new Cadillac CTS VSport take on the challengers?