The Automotive Press in the last few years suddenly seems to be warming to the idea that there is a point when you have enough speed. I know that sounds a bit heretical; a car can never be fast enough that it could not use a bit more horsepower surely?
The trades however are also there — with a V8 comes more weight, and more thirst, and more thirst due to weight. Less balanced handling due to the weight. A V6 with the right level of power can be enough. The 2010 Camaro V6 with the LLT 3.6L DOHC VVT Direct Injected engine seems a very tidy package. The 2011 Mustang 3.7L V6 with a similar 305 hp is getting rave reviews.
But what if you want good handling and great balance and a tidy, efficient V6 engine that gets good MPG but you have outgrown a ‘pony’ car? What if you also really want the creature comforts and luxury appointments that someone with a bit more refined sensibilities craves?
The Cadillac CTS 3.6L Performance Sedan or 3.6L Premium Sedan are exactly that luxury. Offering a well-turned 304 hp LLT V6 engine, almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution, Nurburgring-tuned advanced suspension, and elegant, luxurious appointments throughout.
Of course if you really have a Supercharged V8 in mind, the CTS-V Sedan or upcoming V-Coupe or V-Sport Wagon may be just your cup of tea.