Break out the old cliche "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," because Cadillac is employing its CTS-V formula once again for the 2011 CTS-V Sport Wagon, which it's showing off in New York around the 2010 New York auto show. Given the enormously impressive CTS-V package, who can blame them?
As with the CTS-V Coupe, everything forward of the A-pillars was lifted straight from the CTS-V Sedan and mated to the Cadillac Sport Wagon's body. Not everything is the same, of course. The show special you see here features a new rear fascia with a special roof-edge spoiler and integrated third brake light, all of which are unique to the concept and could see production in the future. The car is finished in the same Midnight Silver paint as the Sixteen Concept, augmented by special Liquid Silver wheels and a Black Chrome grille.
Beneath the melded bodywork beats a familiar heart. The CTS-V Sport Wagon is endowed as expected with Cadillac's wicked 556-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 551 pound-feet of torque. It's fitted with a true dual-exhaust system and backed up by either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Power flows to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential, and the 19-inch wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.
An independent front and rear suspension keep the CTS-V Sport Wagon in tune with the tarmac, in concert with Cadillac's Magnetorheological adjustable shocks. Brembo brakes are fitted to all four corners, with six-piston calipers gripping 15-inch rotors up front and four-piston calipers clamping onto 14.7-inch rotors in the rear.
If all this sounds just like the CTS-V Sedan and Coupe, that's because it is. They even share the same 14-mpg city and 19-mpg highway fuel economy ratings, despite the wagon's roughly 200 additional pounds of heft. The only question is how much that weight will impact performance. For reference, the last CTS-V Sedan we tested ripped to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and past the quarter-mile mark in just 12.4 seconds at 117.9 mph.
It's approximately the same CTS-V copy/paste story inside. Black trim and power Recaro sport seats pump up the interior of the CTS-V Sport Wagon the same way they amp up the other CTS-V variants. This particular show wagon features special wood, leather, and Alcantara trim not yet found in production models - likely a sign of V Series upgrades to come.
The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon will go into production in late 2010 and will go on sale in the U.S. first, followed by Europe and the Middle East. Pricing hasn't been announced, but the standard CTS Sport Wagon commands a $3,100 premium over the CTS Sedan, so a similar premium is expected over the CTS-V Sedan's $64,145 starting price. Production will likely be limited, as demand for wagons is low in the U.S. Cadillac only expects to sell 4,000 copies of the body style per year before even considering special niche models like the V-Series. If you're a wagon fan, though, it doesn't get much better than this.