Cadillac has been testing the 2014 CTS sports sedan at the Nürburgring, but it wasn't all smooth sailing at the 14.2-mile German circuit. Our colleagues at Motor Trend happened to spot a 2014 CTS prototype testing on the 'Ring, only to see the car end up off the asphalt and on the grass.
The car was likely the same Cadillac CTS prototype we previously saw lapping the Nürburgring. As the photo shows, the car didn't crash or sustain any damage. Motor Trend later learned that the prototype experienced mechanical problems, which temporarily forced the Cadillac off the asphalt and onto the grass. So it wasn't a case of an overzealous test driver exceeding the limits of the new CTS.
When the car was running properly, MT managed to take the following video of the 2014 CTS lapping the 'Ring. The rear-wheel-drive sedan will be a big bigger than the current Cadillac CTS, and positioned to compete with cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. We expect it will offer the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine from the 2013 ATS, probably making 270 hp, as well as a 3.6-liter V-6 with at least 318 hp. The 2014 CTS moves to General Motors' new "Alpha" chassis, which also will underpin the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro.
You can watch the 2014 Cadillac CTS lapping the Nürburgring in the video below. Unfortunately, the off-track excursion wasn't caught on film.
Source: Motor Trend