Automobile Magazine 2004 All-Stars

We bestow All-Star awards on cars and trucks in fourteen different categories, in much the same way All-Star athletes are recognized for outstanding performance in their particular sports. Just as athletes are getting fitter and faster, the bar in every automotive category is rising every year, making our task ever harder. To capture the spirit of these fourteen vehicles, we asked our photographers to follow a sporting theme while letting their creativity go wild. We hope our choices and their images will inspire you to vote for the Readers' Choice All-Stars at automobilemag.com. Your voices will be heard in Automobile Magazine's May issue.

CADILLAC CTS V

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To create this Clark Kent-edition Corvette Z06, Cadillac jacked up its mild-mannered CTS, upgraded most of the moving parts, and polished away rough edges with a finishing course at the Nuerburgring. Never mind the pushrods; the rumble of 400 V-8 horses galloping through a six-speed stick shift never felt so good. GM's Performance Division fortified the body structure, stuffed the wheel wells with W-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 radials on 18-by-8.5-inch rims, loaded in four-piston Brembo calipers squeezing larger brake rotors, and recalibrated the stability system for more assertive drivers. Inside are satin-chrome and polished-aluminum accents, a more legible instrument cluster, and suede seat inserts. But what clinches the CTS V's All-Star status is sheer speed matched to a bargain price. Photographed by Glenn Paulina

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