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2012 Cadillac CTS-V redefines Sport Wagon for the 21st Century

Upon seeing the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon at the Denver Auto Show Wednesday, it was, in simple terms, love at first sight.
Posted: March 23, 2012 - 8:24PM
Author: Don Bain

Though my heart and soul truly belong to convertibles, there was just something in this dark beauty’s diamond black paint and its luminous sheen – so glossy it casts a reflection.

This heartthrob is no pushover however, packing a 6.2-liter Eaton supercharged V8 engine with 556 horses milling about beneath her bonnet.

Like most drop dead gorgeous hotties, the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V is expensive to run with, taking a gallon of go-juice for every 12 miles in town or 18 on the freeway.

Nevertheless you’ll get a lot of satisfaction in return for your hard-earned greenbacks, for this companion never fails to get you where you’re going in style.

The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon will relax you in sublime comfort with 14-way power adjustable leather seats, then get your heart racing by revealing the resulting g-force as you swing through the curves.

Brembo brakes allow you stop before getting into trouble while a premium Bose 5.1 Surround stereo system with 10 speakers (including a subwoofer under the cargo deck) helps to toe the line between virtue and vice.

Though the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a very good girl, even though she is – how do you say – very fast? Zero to 60 in 4 short seconds should give most guys a thrill. The trip will be a smooth one regardless, thanks to dual mode selectable Magnetic Ride control.

Even though your head might be spinning from the charms of this ride, you won’t lose your way thanks to the Glide-up touchscreen navigation, that comes along with a 10GB hard drive plus live pause and play radio. You’ll even see clearly when you back up compliments of a rear view camera.

If you’re man enough, you can play with her paddle shifters, but don’t get carried away in traffic. The V-Wagon comes with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission that includes sport and manual modes, as well as performance algorithm shifting – sounds sexy, no?

The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon also features HID adaptive headlights with washers, and fog lamps for those misty evenings, while stepping out only in the most chic 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot sport PS2 tires.

The sharp dressed wolves on the sidewalks downtown howl and pant with their tongues hanging out.

She even remembers how tall you are with the memory seats and tailgate, and allows 58 cubic feet of cargo space so you’ll have everything you need for your tryst. The split back seat will fold down if you’re going to make a week of it.

The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon will warm up to you even before you arrive, thanks to the smart key’s remote start function. You’re a smart girl, Vicky.
Setting one up to our liking on the website produced a total with selected options like the power sunroof plus destination charges that came to $69,435 – we told you this was no cheap date.

In any case, we have long admired the Eurowagons produced by Audi, BMW and Mercedes, but the 2012 CTS-V Wagon has upstaged them all.

The more mature man might want something a little less racy and easier on the pocketbook and, Richard James, Product Communications Manager, told us a highly efficient V6 engine is available for the 2012 CTS sedan, coupe and wagon, but not the V-Wagon. The V designation indicates the big V8.

So we’re going to try and set up a date with Vicky next week and will let you know how that goes. In the process we’ll see if we can get her little sister’s number. Veronica might be a little more the speed I drive.


Aaron Turpen    March 24, 2012 - 2:19AM

I was with Don checking out this car at the Denver Auto Show and it is HOT. Walking down the aisle, we both stopped and stared, caught immediately by its awesome diamond fleck paint. The performance under this family wagon's hood will blow away most street rods from the light without even blinking.