Test Drive: 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport

Review and photos by Justin Pritchard

Finished with heaps of chrome, burgundy paint and luxury-looking wheels, the Cadillac XTS Vsport tester assigned to your writer for a mid-winter drive didnít look like much of a party animal Ė though the spec sheet read like a boy racerís wish list.

Magnetically adjustable shocks, Brembo performance multi-piston brakes and Haldex all-wheel drive with a limited-slip rear diff were just a few bits of the fancy, go-fast goodness bolted to the underside of the XTSís sheet metal. Hereís a stately Cadillac jam-packed with advanced, fun-to-say systems and features that set off that little spark in the brains of young car buffs while delighting seasoned veterans.

The engine does much of the same. Opt for the Vsport, and youíll get an XTS that rocks a brand-spanking-new twin-turbo version of GMís 3.6L V6. Packing direct injection, redesigned cylinder heads and a high-efficiency intercooling system, not to mention a laundry-list of targeted durability upgrades to handle the extra heat and jam, it develops 410 horsepower. That output challenges even the twin-turbo V8ís offered by numerous German competitors, but with two less cylinders.

Take note, as the competition has; Cadillac is serious.

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