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2012 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Highlights

New for 2012

  • Rainsense automatic windshield wipers
  • Three new exterior colors: Black Diamond Tricoat, Opulent Blue Metallic and Mocha Steel Metallic (late availability)


The CTS-V Wagon combines the performance and luxury of the landmark CTS-V Sport Sedan with the dramatic design of the CTS Wagon. The combination makes for a unique, high-performance Cadillac that hauls in every sense of the word.

Like the Sedan model that established the CTS-V legacy, the V-Series
Wagon is powered by a supercharged 6.2L V-8 that delivers 556 horsepower (415
kW) and is backed by either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.
A collection of technical and performance elements complement the powertrain,
including Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
performance tires mounted on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.

A unique grille that doubles front-end airflow to help enable its high-performance
capabilities is one of the V-Series’ distinguishing features, along with
an aggressive front fascia and raised center section of the aluminum hood that
provides clearance for the supercharger.

The CTS-V Wagon rolls into 2012 virtually unchanged, offering only a
trio of new exterior colors – Black Diamond Tricoat, Opulent Blue Metallic and
Mocha Steel Metallic (late availability on Mocha Steel Metallic) – to complement
its well-established performance credentials. Rainsense automatic windshield
wipers are added, too.

CTS-V Wagon design

The CTS-V Wagon incorporates a number of unique cues that blend function
with aesthetics. The dihedral Cadillac grille, for example, is larger to enable
more air intake and features a satin finish, while the raised hood encompasses
the supercharged engine beneath it. The front and rear fascias, as well as a
rear spoiler that houses the center high-mounted stop lamp, are specific to
the car, as are its standard 19-inch wheels.

The V-Series Wagon is essentially the same size as the CTS-V
Sedan on the outside, but its unique cargo compartment nearly doubles carrying
capacity, with 25 cubic feet (720 liters) of space behind the rear seats; and
53.4 cubic feet (1,523 liters) with the rear seat folded.

Additional exterior features include:

  • High-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting System
    are standard.
  • Fog lamps are standard.
  • Power liftgate is standard.
  • Heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors are standard.
  • Rainsense automatic windshield wipers are standard.
  • Nineteen-inch painted aluminum wheels are standard.
  • Nineteen-inch high-polished aluminum wheels are optional.
  • Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels with satin graphite finish are optional.
  • Exterior color choices include: Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven,
    Black Diamond Tricoat, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Thunder
    Gray ChromaFlair, Opulent Blue Metallic and Mocha Steel Metallic (late availability).

CTS-V Wagon interior

The interior of the CTS-V Wagon features streamlined instrumentation,
LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents. It includes performance seats featuring
perforated sueded microfiber inserts designed to hold the driver and front passenger
in place during cornering. Recaro performance driving seats are optional and
provide excellent support during performance driving. These 14-way adjustable
performance seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and

Complementing the performance seating are a thick steering wheel and a gauge
package designed for easy, at-a-glance reference during performance driving.
Large instruments have bold readouts, including an LED-lit “tracer” function
in the tachometer that flashes as the engine nears the red line. The gauge layout
includes a boost gauge and a lateral acceleration display.

Obsidian Black accents grace the center stack, console, steering wheel and
door panels. The production steering wheel and shifter are available in Alcantara,
providing the luxurious character of suede.

Additional features include:

  • Audio system with navigation, including AM/FM stereo, CD/DVD player,
    MP3 playback, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound with 10 speakers, 40-gig hard
    drive and USB with audio connectivity is standard.
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial service is standard.
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity is standard.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard.
  • Driver information center is standard.
  • Keyless entry and keyless start features are standard.
  • Ambient lighting package is standard.
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror with OnStar controls is standard on all
  • Ultrasonic rear park assist is standard.
  • Rearview camera system is standard.
  • Remote vehicle start is standard.
  • Front bucket seats with power eight-way driver’s adjustment and articulating
    head restraints
    are standard on all trim levels.
  • Recaro performance seats are optional and include heated/cooled feature
    and leather trim with microfiber suede inserts.
  • Steering column with power-adjustable rake and telescopic feature is
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel with auxiliary controls is standard
    and includes paddle-shift controls when the vehicle is equipped with the automatic
  • Steering wheel with microfiber-trimmed rim is available and is packaged
    with microfiber-trimmed shift knob and Recaro performance seats.
  • Power sunroof is available.
  • Interior color and trim choices include: Ebony seats with Ebony microfiber
    suede inserts and Light Titanium seats with Light Titanium microfiber suede

Supercharged performance

The CTS-V Wagon’s 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine is rated at 556 horsepower
(415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm). It is the most powerful engine
in Cadillac’s history.

The engine features an intercooled Eaton Twin Vortices Series™ (TVS™) supercharger,
which employs twin four-lobe rotors that are twisted 160 degrees. Typical superchargers
feature three lobes twisted 60 degrees. The fourth lobe and greater helix profile,
when combined with unique air inlet and outlet ports, create smoother, more
efficient airflow into the engine. In addition to improved overall efficiency,
this supercharger has superior noise and vibration characteristics compared
to more ordinary designs.

A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Wagon – a
Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90
six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift controls. The steering
wheel-mounted controls require no shift lever movement and allow immediate tap
up/tap down gear selection. Performance Algorithm Shifting provides the automotive
transmission with a performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance
driving. As with many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter
into the manual “gate” to put the transmission into a performance mode.

Torque is channeled through the six-speed transmissions to a high-performance
rear axle that features a limited-slip rear differential within a cast iron
housing for greater thermal management and asymmetrical half-shafts to smoothly
manage the supercharged engine’s incredible torque. The unique design includes
alternately sized half-shafts that also help dynamically balance the oscillation
of torque from side to side, effectively eliminating “power hop.”

CTS-V Wagon driving experience

The V-Series is designed for great road-holding performance, while maintaining
the poise of a luxury car in average driving conditions. This is enabled by
Cadillac’s landmark Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension
technology. It uses shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology,
rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision.
Electronic sensors at all four wheels literally “read the road” every millisecond,
making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and
extremely precise control of body motions.

The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a broader range of damping control to
optimize the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V,
an extra measure of control is offered, with two selectable modes (Tour and
Sport), enabling the driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more
spirited performance driving.

The CTS-V also incorporates sophisticated braking and tire systems,
in partnership with two companies renowned for high-performance technology:
Brembo and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful,
six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

Large, vented rotors enable strong initial braking force while optimizing heat
resistance and eliminating fade. The brake rotors from Brembo are manufactured
with “dual-cast” technology that combines cast iron and aluminum, resulting
in superior performance and weight reduction.

Michelin partnered with Cadillac engineers to develop an exclusive Pilot Sport
PS2 tire specifically engineered for the CTS-V Wagon. The tires support
high levels of grip in track conditions, while also affording excellent performance
on the road.

Additional chassis and suspension features include:

  • An independent short/long arm (SLA) front suspension system that
    features low-mass aluminum for the upper and lower control arms, as well as
    the knuckles.
  • A multi-link rear suspension with a fully isolated subframe.
  • StabiliTrak electronic chassis control system is integrated with
    the car’s standard four-channel ABS with the full-function traction control,
    as well as the hydraulic brake assist and engine control systems.
  • A limited-slip differential.
  • A 3.73 axle ratio on manual-transmission models.
  • A 3.23 axle ratio on automatic-transmission models.
  • A power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system.
  • CTS-V Wagon safety and crash-avoidance features

CTS-V Wagon is designed to enhance Cadillac’s reputation for providing
safe occupant environments in luxury vehicles. Features include:

  • Dual-stage driver front air bag.
  • Segment-first dual depth front passenger air bag.
  • Driver and front passenger side seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side air bags.
  • Roof-rail side curtain air bags with rollover protection technology
    that cover front and rear seating rows.
  • Front safety belt pretensioners.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system.
  • Body structure with strategically placed high-strength steel.
  • Active head restraints for front seat occupants.
  • Ultrasonic rear parking assist.
  • Rearview camera system.

OnStar details

OnStar is standard on the CTS-V Wagon. It uses GPS and cellular phone
technology to automatically call for help in the event of crash. OnStar subscribers
also can use the service to be Good Samaritans by sending help to other motorists,
and to call for help in other non-crash emergencies.

  • OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and
    information services in the United States and Canada.
  • One year of complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections service
    with Turn-by-Turn Navigation for easier route guidance on all CTS models. The
    feature is easy to use because all directions are sent to the car by an advisor,
    without the need to stop.
    Turn-by-Turn can be cost-effective, since map
    updates and aftermarket navigation systems are not needed.
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance helps police track the vehicle.
  • myCadillac and OnStar myLink mobile apps offer vehicle information
    and OnStar services via the customer’s smartphone.

Source:  GM Media