Yes, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V is fast. So fast it makes our heads spin just thinking about it. So fast that lesser cars go home and cry to their mommies. So fast it's gone plaid. Better still, it can be purchased in sedan, coupe and, our particular favorite, wagon bodystyle.

But what happens when you take the CTS-V Wagon-shaped dial and turn it up to 11? To find out, current Motor Trend scribe and Autoblog alumn Jonny Lieberman turned to the tuners at D3, who served up a healthy dose of its so-called Battlewagon.

Fitted with a host of goodies like a new pulley driving the supercharger, a larger intercooler and a reflashed computer, the D3-tuned CTS-V makes 675 horsepower (or more...) and is therefore expected to be more than a hair bit quicker than its stock counterpart. But just how much faster is it?

Click past the break to see a stock Cadillac CTS-V Wagon line up against one with $14,000 of modifications that boost horsepower.



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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      If that was a German car, it would be well north of $100k and a similar boost in power from a tuning shop would be 2x as much.
      Lloydchiro
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forget the tuned version. What more could you ask for from the stock CTS-V? It has all the right stuff. Brembo brakes, magnetic suspension, Recaro seats, 6-speed manual, and all the power you need. The only thing I would like out of it is to make it lighter.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a monster wagon battle. D3 vs Hennessey vs Brabus vs someone else (Undergound Racing RS6 Avant? They already know the motor)
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad everyone else loves the CTS wagon as much as I do. It's strange that no one else seem to realize the non-Vs actually exist.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        I forgot to mention I'm starting to gain hope that there will be a wagon variant of the next CTS model, something I was certain was impossible when I bought mine.
        Lloydchiro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        There are no wagons at my local dealership. Although, there are plenty of crossovers (keep those away from me.)
      tscurt
      • 3 Years Ago
      "That's a pretty impressive beat down for just 14 grand over sticker." Fourteen grand! Are you guys all surgeons??
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tscurt
        The car starts at $63k, which isn't cheap to begin with. There are worse ways to spend $77k than a 650hp luxury/sport wagon
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          the Hennessey V700 costs $100,000, and it's not as good... this is a bargain.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG, listen to that blower whine. I'm in love all over again. Also, don't refer to the strip as "the track".
      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      That must be a package deal or something. I've seen the cts v modified to to make 575rwhp for less than 2 grand. Pulley, program, CAI, and catback.
      ayhtida
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope the $14,000 covers more than a pulley, a new intercooler and an ECU re-flash...
      gergelish
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care if it has a Veyron engine, 0-60 in under 3 sec, and costs less than $30k. It's still a station wagon. Commence hating and thumbs down nnnnnnnnnow
        rjstanford
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gergelish
        Yup. Usable, aerodynamic, long-lasting, and rakishly styled. Its still a station wagon - and that's what makes it interesting for anyone who needs a car for more than running around on the track. Gotta love 'em.
        foci
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gergelish
        The upshot of a station wagon is you can run 95-100 mph on the expressways and the cops generally will not look twice.
          CromwellD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @foci
          Yeah, cuz you know, station wagons are impervious to radar/laser...
          cashsixeight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @foci
          Yeah but they don't usually even bother shooting at them. I have a 95 Audi battlewagon and I've gone 17+ over the limit in front of a cop shooting radar, and he didn't even bat an eyelid. Total stealth.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gergelish
        Done and done.
        Justin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gergelish
        At least it's not a mommy mobile crossover suv. I'm going to assume you hate those too right?
        S2000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gergelish
        Exactly. 5 painful minutes wasted trying not to look at those unattractive vehicles... I just wanted to see the results of the run. Wish they coulda spent time panning the camera around the interior, which is far nicer than the exterior. Couldn't they have done this to a nice looking CTS-V sedan or even the odd looking coupe?
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      #1: These things look ridiculous going down a dragstrip. #2: They are not cool and will end up the way of the Magnum. #3: $14K for six tenths of a second? wow.
        Lloydchiro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        You're right. They should be going around corners on a proper track. Straight line performance is boring. However, they are way cooler than the forgettable Magnum. And I agree, the extra money put into it makes the real world performance gains negligible. Exhaust sounds cool, though.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        They are really cool, and it is the first GM vehicle made I truly lust after and desire since I was born in 1980. I currently drive an Audi S6 Avant and I think my next wagon will be this car. It's effing awesome.
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        I have to semi agree. I love wagons/hatches but these look a little bloated like the magnum. I LOVED the Magnum concept. It originally had 430hp supercharged V8 and was going to cost below $30,000. That didn't happen! That's a big reason why car companies don't succeed. They show us one thing for a price... then they detune it and sell it for a higher price, then wonder why it flopped. At least Cadillac stayed true and I commend them.
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its funny how people always say its neck and neck with a GT500. Put just tires on a GT500 and it'll run with the modded CTS-V in this video.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        I just watched the video. There's no mention of a GT500. There is none in this article either. Methinks thou doth protest too much.
          Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Yeah go read any review on the internet about the CTS-V
        aidanlax9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        A comparison between the CTS-V and the GT500 doesn't make much sense on any level. No matter which variant you choose the (wagon, coupe, sedan) are all super refined, high powered, great handlers. The GT500 happens to be a well sorted muscle car with a live rear axle. I'm not sure what the point of comparing them is other than to say "here are two vehicles with roughly the same horsepower and torque.. lets see how they go." I mean, to that end it would make sense to throw a velociraptor into the comparison. Leave it to the internet to make a ridiculous comparo that makes no sense. The only real competition the GT500 will have is the SL1.
          Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aidanlax9
          So I would guess that you would also say that an M3 should never be compared to a Mustang GT. Even though they are closely matched. A well-built 3 link solid rear like in the new Mustang handles extremely well at a fraction of the cost. Put the $30k price difference of the modded CTS-V into the GT500 and it can be just as refined.. and you wouldn't have to change the power to compete. If the CTS was at it's full handling potential it would actually have a stiffer ride and wouldn't be so smooth.
      Maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      With such a vast horsepower advantage, I was kind of expecting the D3 car to have a larger lead at the end of the track. If that is all $14k buys you, I think I'd keep mine stock.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        when you get into such high performance levels the cost for additional performance is much higher than say dropping 14k into a stock civic or mustang...or CTS.
          Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          Not on a stock supercharged car with low boost levels from the factory. Pulley/intake/exhaust/tune shouldn't cost anywhere near what they say it is.
        Dreez28
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        I'd say if you bought the parts and made the modifications yourself, assuming you have access to the tools required to do this, you could spend far less than $14k. I'm guessing the large part of that expense is having a company like D3 do it for you. And anyone who has enough $ to buy this car in the first place would probably pay the extra $ to have professionals do it. You'd hate to eff up a $70k car and be SOL, whereas D3 probably warranties the modifications. For as well as that car hooks up without a pair of slicks on it, I'd say you'd be hard pressed to get better numbers out of it while wearing street legal tires. Putting a 4.11 swap n the back would ruin the launch without a doubt...unless you slap some slicks on it. And 4 tenths is a pretty huge difference in a quarter mile. Launching 4000+lbs to 60 mph in under 4 seconds without awd is pretty damn amazing.
        matt_shift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        14k and they don't even change the final drive ratio.. 3.23 in the standard -V. We need a 4.11 swap!
        Gator
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        +1, exhaust and some coilovers will keep me more happy at a fraction of the cost.
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