2014 Cadillac XTS Brings Twin Turbo, 410 Horsepower To Luxury Car Party

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2014 Cadillac XTS press photo

Starting in August, the Cadillac XTS will have the option of hiding a lot more power under that hood, when a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 becomes available on its build sheet. The engine is good for 410 horsepower– way more than the base 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6’s 306 horsepower. As you’d expect with turbocharging, torque is improved, as well. (Photo courtesy Cadillac.)

The 2014 Cadillac XTS ought to give American-brand luxury car shoppers a kick in the pants thanks to twin turbos on its V6 engine that is rated at 410 horsepower.

According to the press release from Cadillac, the 2014 XTS V6 displaces 3.6 liters. In fact, it’s the same engine you can also find in the CTS. The engine’s 369 ft-lbs of torque should prove ample for spurring along the luxury sedan when the driver’s right foot gets the itch.

If you expected this offering to be the base engine, keep dreaming. To get it, you’ll need to step up to the Vsport model– a performance-oriented options package that has the boosted V6 as its centerpiece. The press release noted Vsport will be an intermediate step between “regular” Cadillac XTS and CTS models and the high-performance “V” variants of both.

According to Cadillac, the twin-turbo V6 makes a full 105 additional ft-lbs of torque over the base V6 engine available in the XTS, even though that base engine is based on the same architecture and displaces the same 3.6 liters. Cadillac says there are several key differences in the turbocharged version of the engine, including higher 10.2:1 compression, strengthened connector rods, an all-new cylinder block casting, redesigned domed pistons, a patented charge air cooler system, an all-new direct fuel injection system, tuned air inlet and outlet resonators, and of course those mighty twin scrolls providing “more than 12 lbs of boost.” In addition, the release said the engine’s cylinder heads are unique from the non-turbocharged model.

Pricing for the XTS starts at $45,525 after destination fees are added, according to Cadillac. The release offered no word on how many more dollars you’d have to part with to get in on the Vsport package and that sweet, sweet turbo action. We’d hazard a guess of well above $50,000. With 2014 models rolling out, perhaps Cadillac will see fit to send us one for testing. Cross your fingers for us, and watch this space.

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