Cadillac CTS-V: A Modern Day War Wagon

Every now and then, a car manufacturer produces a car for no other reason than for the hell of it. You’ve got the Hummer “civilian,” Peel 50 (size of a wheel barrel, half the power), and now the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon. Take the front end of a CTS-V coupe, the rear of a Queen Family Truckster (National Lampoon’s Vacation), slap a 556 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter big block somewhere in between, and you’ve just built a modern-day war wagon.

The chassis is stout, refined, solid, and surefooted. With 550 lb-ft of torque at its beck and call, and a curb weight exceeding 4,390 lbs, you might think this would be a bit of a handful, but it’s not. It takes the corners confidently. Its steering is precise, and when you line it up next to a Corvette Z06 (Carbon Edition), you will only come in about 0.1 seconds slower from 0-60 mph (4.3 seconds). It’s six speed gearbox makes sure it keeps pulling all the way up to about 190 mph, and even after that, you’d still swear it had more to give.

The Recaro seats are gorgeous. The gas mileage is horrendous (13 mpg on average). The cargo space is respectable (33 cubic feet with seats folded down). Its fun factor is priceless, and its price is, well… a little pricey at $63,000. However, if you ignore the mediocre interior plastic and tendency to be pulled around gas stations like one of the moons of Uranus, this just might be one of the best damn family cars you’ll ever own!