I have a little early Christmas gift this year for a review- a 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport AWD Platinum. The XTS has always been a little odd in that it came from the DTS- which never had the panache of a flagship a la the Mercedes S Class. Moreover, it is feasible to option out a CTS ‘midsize’ (or 5-series size if we are using the de rigueur Teutonic yardstick) to surpass the price of the DTS. So my expectations were looking for a nice car that lacked that certain je ne se quoi the CTS possesses. However, I was wrong. My father-in-law recently purchased a CTS Platinum edition with a window sticker of around $71,000. My ‘flagship’ comes in at $70,020. And I have all wheel drive with an Electronic Limited Slip differential! GM’s magical magnetic ride control that Ferrari sometimes borrows! And all of the electronic goodies that make the CTS amazing sans the motorized cupholder lid. But instead of the cupholders, there are two honkin’ Borg Warner turbos blowin’ boost into the 420 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 mill.
With the advent of direct fuel injection and a very refined 6-speed automatic transmission, the magicians at GM have tuned the smoothest, most seamless turbo responsiveness I have ever felt. Aside from the digital boost gauge available on the instrument cluster, there is no whooshing or head-snapping like you would expect from a turbo mill. Just smooth application of throttle like you are on a monorail until you very quickly reach law-breaking speeds.
I can’t wait to dive into the tech. But I apologize in advance to my father-in-law. I steered him into the CTS when I should have had him give a serious look to the XTS Vsport. It is everything and then some for those who are not interested in racing round’ the ring but wafting down the highway. Bonus: Extra room inside too!