Jonathan Welsh at The Wall Street Journal is driving a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon this week and has a short piece on it here:
The idea of a powerful, great handling station wagon strikes a lot of people as “having your cake and eating it too”.
All automobile designs are compromises:
- Want to go fast? Get more power and/or less weight.
- Want to carry a lot of stuff? Get more room (and so more weight) at the expense of better performance
- Want a car that handles great? Get a tight suspension at the expense of a smooth ride; in some cases forego the better powerplant for better balance and lighter weight
So what does the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon offer?
- Huge power — it has a supercharged 6.2L V8 making 556hp.
- Great storage capacity / carrying capacity — it is a station wagon with the inherent easy to pack easy to pull out space
- Great handling — it has the V-Series magnetic suspension that makes for great handling AND smooth ride together at last
Where’s the compromise? Well, cash, since the CTS-V Wagon costs over US$60K. But if you can budget for an amazing vehicle, the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon has all the cards. And among people who know cars, Respect.