What a difference a letter can make. Having an extra one or two after your name shows the world you're better schooled than most. But the right application of a special letter on a luxury sedan signals something else altogether: it's a mark of performance. So a BMW 5 Series becomes an M5. A Mercedes-Benz E-Class becomes an E63 AMG. A Jaguar XF becomes an XFR or even an XFR-S. An Audi A6 becomes an S6 or RS6.

You get the picture, and so does Cadillac: with the CTS-V it launched its own assault on the best European machinery. But while an ATS-V is expected to follow with the same formula applied to GM's new 3 Series rival, don't expect the same of the Cadillac XTS flagship.

According to reports, Cadillac has ruled out the possibility of an XTS-V. The new XTS is powered by a V6 engine, but while a turbo variant could follow, we're told not to expect a V8 model, let alone a performance version. Apparently Cadillac feels its flagship isn't meant to go fast, focusing instead on its vast space that includes enough room in the back seat to cross one's legs and enough space in the trunk for four golf bags.

What Cadillac is reportedly looking into, however, is an even bigger model. That's right, the full-size XTS apparently isn't big enough, so Cadillac is looking at a flagship that will be larger still – something like a proper BMW 7 Series competitor. Which we can only hope will hold, like, at least five golf bags, easy.


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      wongtpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buy American! Any Cadillac V is great! Fast !!!!!!
        fat kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wongtpa
        I would gladly buy a 310+ hp 35+ mpg 2013 Honda Accord designed, engineered, and built in Ohio ya! http://www.inautonews.com/2013-honda-accord-coupe-concept-revealed-at-detroit
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          @fat kid
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          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          Happy trolling!! A Honda Accord? Really? You compare a Honda Accord with a Cadillac? Okay, I'll play that game. The Cadillac XTS trounces the new Accord on looks alone. The new Accord has an appearance that only a blind, Honda fanboy could love. Cross shopping a Honda and a Cadillac is like cross shopping a Corvette and a Prius.
          Ilovecars
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          Most American sedan? B/c 80% parts are US? Guess what genius, 100% of profits go straight to Japan and all of the white collar workers that run the company and all of those communities in Japan that they live in. 100% of apple products are made in china. Does that make them a Chinese company? Of course not. That's not where the money is. It is cheaper (hence more profitable) for them to build them here, which makes the company more money to send back out of the country. It's called outsourcing, it has to do with currency valuation and transport costs, not any altruism. Trust me.
          karknut
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          Hey professor, why dont you show us where we can buy this fantasy car of yours? You appear to be so stupid that even the othe Honda trolls don't agree with your comments. I'm certain that the people at Honda were so glad to hear that Maybach is going away, one less competetor for the new Accord!
          fat kid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          believe it or not 2013 Accord IS the most American sedan
      thealzabo
      • 2 Years Ago
      "What Cadillac is reportedly looking into, however, is an even bigger model. That's right, the full-size XTS apparently isn't big enough, so Cadillac is looking at a flagship that will be larger still – something like a proper BMW 7 Series competitor." BRING ON THE CIEL!!! Seriously, if that isn't the next Cadillac flagship, I'll have to start agreeing with every bad thing that gets said about GM management. It's a beautiful RWD sedan, and if they give it a fastback roof like the A7, it will look positively villainous!
      schitthappens57
      • 2 Years Ago
      the new wagon is bad to the bone drove a 6 spd and want 1 even tho iam old school.daily driver is 57 chevy.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a handsome sedan, and uniquely American
        fat kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        actually its platform was designed in Germany at Opel, and its engine at least partly developed there as well, so not uniquely American
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      bp56254
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      The DTS was a great car and had power (300HP Northstar) and got 28 to 29 MPG on the highway before the government botched the gas up with Ethanol. That cut a few MPG and doesn't save a penny. There isn't a European auto in that price class that compared with it in size and comfort on the road. They may handle a little quicker but you get fleeced every time you need parts or service.
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      JayBird
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for Cadillac! If I wanted a sports car I would buy one. Like Suzanne (Delta Burke) once said in a Designing Women episode, "Why drive a German U-Boat when you can cruise in an "American Luxury Liner"? I love a roomy car that I can feel safe in, as well as get more than 2 passengers in. Shame on Lincoln as they ended production of the "Towncar" . They will soon go the way of Mercury! These three brands have always been known as luxury/family cars. The American auto industry needs to understand that there is a need for larger family cars, not just Cadillacs and Lincolns,... ones that are affordable, roomy, as well as dependable,such as the old full size Chevrolet Impala/Caprice,Ford Crown Victoria/Galaxy, Buick Park Avenue,Mercury Marquis,Chrysler New Yorker 5th Avenue. We now have to settle for a mini van, and riding with our luggage inside with our passengers. And now even Dodge is saying they will end the "Grand Caravan this year!!!
      Player
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with their decision... very few people would look to this type of car to give them superior performance... Luxury yes, performance not really
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        Danaon
        • 2 Years Ago
        XTS doesn't really match up against any BMW competitor. The next CTS will grow in size to compete with the 5 series, and the ATS is up against the 3 series. The XTS is for the large FWD luxury/livery market, something that BMW/Mercedes don't really compete in, at least in the US. The DeVille/DTS was a big player in that market and the XTS is basically a much, much better entry into the same market segment the DTS served.
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      psyabe
      • 2 Years Ago
      yes, larger and larger! Introduce a coupe variant while you're at it, bring back the 'personal car' segment! Caddys were always meant to have broad wheelbases and long hoods
        Joshua Bolden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @psyabe
        "Bring back the personal car segment" Say hello to the Mercedes-Benz CL and BMW 650 Coupe
      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the right call....XTS won't play in that market and to that demographic so it makes no sense. Nice restraint Caddy
      Julio B
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a good business decision, not like when Chevy started putting SS badges on everything a few years ago. The XTS has its own target market and it doesn't include V buyers.
      Boo Boo
      • 2 Years Ago
      But this isn't going to be caddy's flagship, it's been said several times already. CTS is still top car in the lineup, but an s class fighter is coming.
        Danaon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Boo Boo
        Eh, I'd say the Escalade is the current flagship. The Escalade is what competes in livery markets with 7 series/S Class.
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