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2013 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Review

By Bill Roberson — July 20, 2013
Digital Trends


My old man had Cadillacs while I was growing up. The first was a monstrous red 1970 El Dorado coupe, a challenging choice for a family of four, but we got pretty good at squeezing through the two doors and into the rear seats. I was but a wee lad at the time and most of what I remember about the car was that it was hugely fast. Previous to that we had been tooling around in a VW Squareback (seatbelts? we don’t need no…), so it was a pretty big step up in every way. It barely fit in the garage.

By the time I had my drivers license, dad was rocking a V8 STS and Cadillac had finally turned the corner from squishy, wallowing land-yachts to something with a semblance of handling, which at first my dad didn’t like (he liked the squish) but eventually came to appreciate.

The STS was off limits to me UNLESS pops was in the passenger seat, or unless I snuck it out while he was out of town – which wasn’t often because, well, a high school kid in a fat Caddy was just weird and tended to attract cops. But I fondly remember the V8 power of that STS, and Cadillacs in general had a lot to do with my early enthusiasm for things with motors. But sneaking off in the STS was pretty much the last time I piloted a Cadillac of any sort, until now.

Now that I’m in my 40s, I’ve become somewhat inured to “fast” cars (not helped by my lust for ever more powerful motorcycles) and have watched as cars have gotten loaded with more technology and become more efficient. But those advances has been tinged with some sadness as performance has steadily slipped away to the demands of efficiency and eco-cleanliness. Sure, there are still really fast cars out there, but for the most part they are impractical for daily driving, too “sport focused” for families or are just plain stupidly expensive.

Except for this Cadillac, this 556 horsepower monster called the CTS-V.

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My old man liked Cadillacs also only a little bit older than this reporters old man. I'm in my 60s and my old man has been gone a few years now.

Back in the 1960s, my dad usually had a big Caddy from the 50s in the garage - I remember a couple of 52s and a 54 with wire wheels and a trunk A/C unit with the vents in the roof. My dad liked to go fast also. While his Caddy's were not Eldorados of the time, he installed the dual-quad intake and carbs from the Eldos on his cars. When I was in high school, my dad handed over the keys to the '54 to me - he bought a Chrysler New Yorker 6-window sedan for his ride (with a 413).

After joining the Air Force, I kept muscle cars in my garage - dad got me started on Mopars and I owned a Charger R/T and a Hemi Runner - both used. Never considered a Cadillac - new or used - Caddy didn't have a go faster car back then anyway.

By the time I made enough money to afford a new car, I just couldn't see buying a Cadillac - they were not much more than a good Buick by then and not worth the extra money and they were not fast. Bought a few Buicks with one Grand National in the mix.

Had a Buick Regal GS in the garage in the early 2000's when Cadillac released the CTS V. Bought my first Cadillac in 2004 - a black on black V1. Now my wife and I had Caddy #2 in the garage - the V Wagon. Nice daily driver, grocery getter, grand kids hauler, hardware hauler and general go fast car. I love it.

My dad would have loved it also.
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Yep. My grandfather was a Cadillac man. To him, the bigger the Caddy the better it was. And he believed you made it in life if you owned a Cadillac.

He owned...in my memory...a 1978 Eldorado Biarritz. Beautiful car and floated on the road....but what a boat. Then he bought a 1981 Cadillac Fleeteood with the diesel engine. That car was a nightmare because of the engine and because GM really didn't have the full computing power back then to make that engine successful. He eventually sold it and bought a beautiful marroon Fleetwood Brougham. Now that was nice! Still a big car but stunning.

I never really had much interest in Cadillac until the CTS came out. The design definitely peaked my interest. Then the XLR came out and that Caddy just blew me over the edge. Absolutely stunning.

Then GM came out with the V-series and they had me hook, line and sinker. Now...I am totally in love with the second Gen CTS-V. Hopefully I'll get to own one someday.

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Then GM came out with the V-series and they had me hook, line and sinker. Now...I am totally in love with the second Gen CTS-V. Hopefully I'll get to own one someday.

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I'm sure you'll get your chance and it'll be terrific.

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