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The rumormill is going full-tilt with word that General Motors is about to get really serious about the "sport" in its Cadillac CTS Sportwagon. Here at Autoblog HQ, we certainly hope it's all true. After all, it's hard not to appreciate the current CTS-V, its mind-blowing supercharged LSA V8, and all the tire-immolating brawn it brings to the party. We also respect the extra dash of utility that comes with a touring or shooting brake body style, as exemplified with the Sportwagon.

In the wake of the published reports from our friends at Inside Line and Straightline, one of our readers sent us a copy of what he claims to be an email exchange between himself and GM's Bob Lutz. Reader Bob emailed Lutz, telling him that if General Motors offered a CTS-V wagon with a manual gearbox, he would buy one. Lutz reportedly responded with:
"Since we do market the V with a 6-speed manual, and since a V-wagon is in the plan, we'll be selling you a car in one year!"
We called Cadillac spokesperson David Caldwell, presented him with the alleged Lutz email conversation, and asked him if the V-Series wagon is indeed officially a go. His reply?
"No, there's not been an 'official' or announced change in the status of this car. It's certainly a car we're thinking of, and one we know how to do. I can't really speak to what's inside your reader's email account. I don't doubt him....nor would I doubt Bob Lutz. "
So, officially (and unsurprisingly), there's no confirmation one way or the other from Cadillac. Another source within GM tells us there are at least two CTS-V wagons (one manual, one automatic) currently undergoing verification testing at General Motors. Given that the wagon was created mainly for the European market, and that the Europeans embrace performance models such as the Audi RS6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon, it would certainly make sense to build a giant-slaying CTS-V Sportwagon. Even if Cadillac doesn't officially offer it to Americans, it's only a matter of time before someone in the aftermarket creates one from the parts bin.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      OMFG. stupidest chop ever. i've done better ones blindfolded and with my fingers duct taped together. supposed to be humorous? cuz it misses that mark by a mile too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't have to be a perfect chop. Just an idea of what it could look like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great car. Also it will likely be more reliable than the Germans.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And far less reliable than Lexus, Acura or Infinity. At least Benz and BMW has the brand value which Caddy doesn't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Azn

        Have you looked at reliability ratings for the past 5-10 years? GM is pretty high on the list, and their cars currently are a far cry from those of the '90s.


        Toyota's reliability (and consequently Lexus's, because, you know, they're the SAME CARS) have taken a nose dive in the same amount of time...
      • 5 Years Ago
      hmmm, for europe?

      if they want european costumers, they need to redo the bumber and make it more slick, without all those aditional lines and angles around the fog lights.
      remove the angles around the grill.
      remove the bumb on the hood.
      remove that line right under the doors.


      the front and rear end, should be as slick as the side of the car.
      the side view looks, alright.
      although the belt line on the rear wheel a too high.
      the belt line should be around 5+/-cm lower.

      i think there is to much metal above the frontwheel arch.
      the front wind shield should begin lower +/-4 or 5 cm.

      the right side on the bumber just below the headlight, looks alrite, but not on the left side(from the viewers look).

      the lower line on the frontbumber must be removed and end under the car, instead outside of it.
      keep in mind the curbstones from the sidewalk, while parking.
      this model would scrape over it, because it sticks out, it's also best if the lower end of the bumber is black.
      for parking damage.
      europe is alot more tighter in space, than usa.


      europeans like slick design, take a look @ the whole VAG product pallet (for example), that means all brands(skoda, volswagen, seat, audi, bugatti) + posche.
      they all have the same seamles finish and same build quality/finisching touch.
      it's like the man in charge of the mold creation is one and the same.
      the spacing between the doors, the spacing around the light units.
      the wheel arches.

      make it seamless (without those funny angles on the bumbers, hood and probally the read end) it wil sell.
      the vision is nice, but it must get smoother.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @happyfun86

        nah, the image of this car is good.
        but it should be les beveld on the front, hood and probally backside.

        it should be more organic flat, like the side.
        less flesh above the wheel arches.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sounds like you just want a previous-gen E63 AMG wagon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        wtf is a "bumber"?
        • 5 Years Ago
        i'm not expert on photoshop, but i think this is how a european version should look like.
        i only modded the right headlight (viewers perspectiv), i modded the bumber, lowered the lower airintake on the bumper and the chrome detail, removed the lip on the low end of the bumper.
        removed the scoop on the hood.


        http://s616.photobucket.com/albums/tt243/naturalyshocked/?action=view¤t=ctsv-wagon-naturalyshocked.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is most certainly the good news GM needs now!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, indeed.

        Even if they offered it only and primarily in Europe, couldn't they copy MB-AMG and just make it a special-order option in North America?
        • 5 Years Ago
        How the hell is it that now, after years of lagging behind EVERYONE, GM is now the first company to "get it" with something? People want cool wagons, and GM is the only company who's bringing over a cool wagon, rather than killing wagons to make room for crosscoupesedanback hermaphrodites. Maybe the Insignia wagon will see some action in the US in some form, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at the rear mirror. lolz They didn't do a good job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stupid mindless uninformed comment from autoblog user "Brian" in 3, 2, 1.....


      ...for a guy who seems to hate domestic vehicles he seems to spend a lot of time on their articles.


      P.S. Love the car cant wait for the coupe and hopefully a performance version of the new ATS??
        • 5 Years Ago
        Other than not fitting in with Cadillac's other product offerings then, there was nothing wrong with the Catera. It was basically an Opel Omega V6, which was a pretty decent car, and good looking too (at least in Opel guise).
        • 5 Years Ago
        oh i almost forgot, f-u-c-k AB commenting system
        • 5 Years Ago
        My guess is that Brian and Matt got fired from a US automaker... Matt probably from FoMoCo, Brian most likely from all of them... And they probably share one basement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 3-series compact, C-class "sportcoupe" and the Lexus ES are all bad vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the best you can do, 2o6? All those vehicles are widely popular and great successes for their companies, not the epic failure that was the Cimarron and Catera.

        And don't even get me started on the 8-6-4 engine, or the XLR. Cadillac is a horribly damaged brand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Yaroukh...
        I just laughed so hard I need my inhaler....
        *Wheeze* *Wheeze*
        • 5 Years Ago
        My guess is that Brian and Matt got fired from a US automaker... Matt probably from FoMoCo, Brian most likely from all of them... And they probably share one basement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't feed the trolls.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alright, mortonb and Yaroukh, name ONE model from BMW, Mercedes, or Lexus that was as horrible as the Cimarron and Catera.

        Just one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The better Dodge Magnum!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cadillac...the Woolworths of the 21st Century
      • 5 Years Ago
      Giant kudos to GM & Cadillac for making this happen. I only wish I could afford one. Maybe in a couple of years I can get a used one...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lutz also said the Pontiac G8 was too good to kill. As it was killed.

      I hope this vehicle comes to be. But I'll believe it when I see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It could cure cancer, but the fact that its a government motors product that hires rats like Ed Whitacre that will forever keep me away. Good luck GM, I've lived through the last Ed Whitacre fiasco (SBC's renaming itself AT&T, and then buying BellSouth). He only cares about his personal stock portfolio and not about any company he's wrecking.

      As a government run company, dumb is as dumb does continues to live.
      • 5 Years Ago
      by the way ...
      the head light look pretty simular to the Renault Vel Satis
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_Vel_Satis

      although it's a quite awesome car, it didn't sell well.

      be aware, Cadillac
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cadillac headlights have looked like that for about 10 years now, and I don't think any Cadillac has looked as bizarre as some of Renault's designs.
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