• Mar 31st 2010 at 8:58AM
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Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon – Click above for high-res image gallery

The world's automakers are introducing around 20 new vehicles this week at the 2010 New York Auto Show. Some of those cars are pretty interesting, but here's the juice: In 20 years, there is exactly one car being shown here today that people will still be whispering about. That car? The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. You're reading this correctly. Cadillac, former maker of landau-roofed Boca Rotan retirement sleds will soon be offering a station wagon stuffed with a 556-horsepower, supercharged and Corvette-derived 6.2-liter V8. If that's not loony enough for you, yes, you can order it with a six-speed manual. Wowza.

We first glimpsed the V Wagon last night at a fairly gala Cadillac cocktail reception, complete with GM design boss Ed Welburn and none other than Maximum Bob Lutz, the man who may have single handedly willed pistonhead fantasy into production. The CTS-V Sport Wagon took center stage flanked on either side by the plain old CTS-V and our Detroit Show favorite CTS-V Coupe. To put the spectacle in photographic terms, even though it was surrounded by some pretty desirable metal, the newest V managed to "pop."

We pressed the flesh and asked our full battery of penetrating, hard hitting questions ("Can I go to the launch?"), but the general theme from Cadillac seemed to be this: They known they're not going to sell many, and they just don't care. Sometimes doing what logic dictates you shouldn't do makes the most sense. Remember the Buick GNX? There was simply no rational reason for GM to allow that monster off a production line. Yet 23 years later, what Buick are we still talking about? To our minds, the CTS-V Sport Wagon has a similar, skull-cracking je ne sais quo about it.

But should a recently Chapter 11 company be in the business of building small volume, high-performance station wagons? Well.... yes, absolutely. Here are all the reasons why that we can think of. First, when was the last time an American luxury brand offered a full line of anything? For decades now, BMW has been happy to sell you a 3-Series coupe, sedan, wagon and convertible. Cadillac has had... the CTS four-door. Until now. Besides, having a low production halo version of your halo vehicle is the stuff that builds legends.

Or how's this, BMW sells a hopped up M3 coupe, convertible and sedan, but no wagon. Sure, BMW makes the M5 Touring (i.e. wagon), but they won't sell it to Americans. And Audi won't sell us either of its hot rod grocery haulers, the RS4 and RS6 Avants. We know Mercedes-Benz will be making an E63 AMG Wagon, but will they sell it here? Dunno.

But Cadillac will happily sell you a CTS-V Wagon for just a small premium over the Sedan. Figure about $65,000 or so. And if you haven't been reading between the lines, a bangin' five-door might help Cadillac strengthen its tenuous foothold in Europe, especially if this show car's leather/Alcantara interior and massively bolstered Recaro sport seats make it to production. Either way, Caddy just dropped a mighty big gauntlet.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Just another example of your taxpayer money at work. While GM was busy going bankrupt, only to be saved by the government, they were toiling away at developing this monster. My question is: Why? I thought the idea of being in business was to earn a profit--that is, to sell something for more than it cost to make. Not so, apparently.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice hearse!
      • 5 Years Ago
      First order of business for G.M. should be to fire whoever designs their cars. The cadillac brand has been all but ruined. The old marketing tool, "buy american" didnt cut it 20 years ago when japan cleaned detroits clock and it doesnt work today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally a awesome, good looking, and completely unrational choice. I love it!
      Maybe if you build something nobody wants, they'll want it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someday it will be mine oh yes.

      This is what Cadillac needs to do build awesome cars for the sake of building awesome cars. That's what makes a luxury car special, that it's the BEST. I just drove one of the base sport wagons and it's a great car this thing is the sport wagon to 11!!! I love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever sales this may muster it will definitely be helped by the fact that there's practically no competition for this car in the US since the Germans don't/won't bring their high-powered wagon versions here.

      Anyway, this is the first GM car in decades, other than the Vette, that I would actually consider buying, so I have to say "well done!". I'll take one in black please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And if it does well, maybe the Germans will reconsider!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      where is there a remaining place in the US that a car like this can truly be used like what it's made for: speed. damn cops are Everywhere and there are so many rules; I'm pretty tired of the avoidance game.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Aztek was also "appealing to some people.'
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am *so* scouring the interwebs for one of these used in a few years. Must have one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a stay-at-home dad, and most mothers drive their kids in vehicles ranging from old GM and Ford mini-vans to the Lexus crossover.

      This is the car that screams that, "It hauls kids and their stuff, but it also hauls ass!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pointless vehicle, only to compete with the (now even smaller) SRX. So now Cadillac has one huge SUV, two station wagons (that's all they are), a small car(CTX) and a big car (DTS) and soon, no mid size (STS). I have an 02 DTS(the REAL DTS)and nothing Caddy is putting out right now has any interest to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Writ Large" ???
      Did you sit in the back seat?
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