Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
Imagine you're enveloped in a deep, supportive Recaro seat, listening to the loping sound track of a big, big V-8. Rev it a little...there, just like that. Hear a faint whine? That's the supercharger. Now reach over to the center console and wrap your hand around the shift lever. It's wrapped in suede, just like the steering wheel. Press the meaty clutch and rev that eardrum-shattering V-8 to the limiter, throw it into first, and dump the clutch. Prepare for a serious burnout. Keep it aimed straight, but grab second quickly so you can keep the tire smoke going and the speed coming. Don't worry about stopping -- those are Brembo six-piston calipers up front, fours in the back, and they'll be ready when the time comes. Now look in the rearview mirror. A limited-slip differential made sure that the black smears of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 are identical twins. But wait -- what's all that space back there?
Open your eyes, my friend, you're in a wagon. A wagon with as much cargo room as a giant, silly BMW X6. Or twelve Porsche 911s. The same twelve 911s you just left in a cloud of tire smoke. The CTS-V Sport Wagon is not only far cooler than the sedan and the coupe that share its raucous powertrain and chiseled good looks, it's also evidence that Cadillac is willing and able to play to the desires of the keenest automotive enthusiasts in America. You know, people like you and me. At a time when other luxury automakers are paring wagons from their lineups, Cadillac not only builds a stunningly good-looking wagon, it equips it with an optional 556-hp V-8 and a six-speed manual. It seems like an impossible scenario, but there's no need to imagine it: the CTS-V Sport Wagon is very much a reality.
- Jason Cammisa, West Coast Editor
BASE PRICE: $62,990
ENGINE: 6.2L supercharged V-8, 556 hp, 551 lb-ft