2013 NY Auto Show Preview: 2014 Cadillac CTS

During the week leading up to the 2013 New York International Auto Show, The Driving Life will focus on the big news to expect from automakers, including vehicle launches and model updates.

After releasing the all-new, award-winning ATS this year, it was a foregone conclusion that Cadillac would also be updating its midsize CTS. The world will get its chance to see the anticipated all-new 2014 CTS at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, but the biggest news will be the new Twin-Turbo V-6 engine that will be available with the vehicle.

A week before the CTS unveiling, Cadillac announced details of a new Twin-Turbo V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission, which are firsts for the brand. Cadillac is calling its Twin-Turbo V-6 “the most power-dense six-cylinder engine in the midsize luxury segment.” The 3.6-liter engine will pack an impressive 118 horsepower per liter.

Overall, the engine is rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful V-6 ever from General Motors. It also has a 15 percent greater power density than the BMW 535i’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six, which is rated at 300 horsepower, for a ratio of 100 horsepower per liter — and even the BMW 550i’s TwinPower 4.4L V-8, rated at 400 horsepower, or 91 horsepower per liter.

“The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo brings a new dimension of technologically advanced performance to the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan,” said David Leone, Cadillac’s executive chief engineer, in a press release. “Delivering power and sophistication, it marks another large step forward in the product-driven expansion of Cadillac.”

The new engine will help the new CTS sedan reach 60 mph from a standstill in an estimated 4.6 seconds and achieve an estimated top speed of 170 mph.

The eight-speed automatic enhances fuel economy and acceleration over a six-speed automatic. Paddle-shift control will also be available and will give the driver manual control of the gear changes.

The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo will expand the performance envelope of the upcoming 2014 CTS midsize luxury sedan, launching this fall in the U.S. Also, the engine will be offered in the 2014 XTS large luxury sedan this fall. The 2014 CTS sedan will feature the naturally aspirated 3.6L V-6 rated at 321 horsepower, as well as a 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at an estimated 272 horsepower.

The 2014 CTS will make its debut during General Motor’s press conference at 12:45 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, March 27 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

[Source: Cadillac]

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