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#5537 of 6595 Road and Track comparison test
May 07, 2004 (1:24 pm)
Kudos to Cadillac and the CTS for winning it's first comparison test (that I can think of). In the Road and Track June 2004 hot on the newsstand, the 2004 CTS 3.6 went up against other "super sedans" with six cylindar engines and autotrannies. The field included an interesting mix of Europe and Detroit. Here's the breakdown from last to first:
7. Volvo S80 T6
6. BMW 530i (!)
5. Audi A6 3.0 Quattro
4. Chrysler 300 (3.5L)
3. Jaguar S-type 3.0
2. Mercedes-Benz E320
1. Cadillac CTS (3.6L auto)
What's really surprising is that the BMW came in next to last. The writers complained about the styling, iDrive and the new steering, which although is great isn't as good as previous BMW efforts. They called the car more luxurious than sporty. Ouch. But the $54k large price really put it to the rear of the pack.
The CTS was 1st in 0-60, 1/4 mile and tied for 1st in the slalom and fuel economy. It won half of the subjective categories including the important driving excitement, engine, brakes, steering, handling and seats categories. They even liked the styling, which is interesting considering how BMW got slammed.
Well done Cadillac!
#5538 of 6595 interesting comparo
May 07, 2004 (5:23 pm)
and the posted sales numbers for the CTS prove it !
#5539 of 6595 The best CTS compliment of the R&T article...
May 08, 2004 (7:48 am)
One of our test editors pronounced it, "The most athletic-feeling of the group, with firm springs, direct steering and a sticky tire at each corner of the body. It's what the BMW should feel like.
May 08, 2004 (8:03 am)
Just a few things.
05 production begins on May 17th. There are some early build models already being driven as test vehicles. 6-spd manual will be available in June.
The new 2.8 will be available in the fall with a 6-spd manual and the auto. Reported to be around 210hp and 200 lb-ft. torque. I would imagine this should be a decent base engine. Price should base under $30k.
#5541 of 6595 Re: stuff [bigdaddycoats #5531]
May 09, 2004 (7:03 am)
"The new 2.8 will be available in the fall with the auto."
I will be interested in this version of the car. I enjoy the ride/handling attributes of the CTS and have no issues the power of the 3.2 or "ultraleather" seats.
If this saves me some money, then that's great.
#5542 of 6595 Awsome... What about Infiniti G35?
May 09, 2004 (11:40 am)
Didn't the G35 win one of its own R/T comparisons a year ago? Sounds like some funny business in the R/T headquarters to me.
The CTS is a great car, but expcept for styling and interrior the G35 can give it a real run for its money, with a 5hp advantage on the engine (although requires premium expensive fuel) and a few thousand dollars lower price, its funny that the Infinity was not invited to play, did the article say why?
BTW WOW! CADILLAC RULES, and now its about 6 points away from Lexus in initial quality too! If this is what GM can do with unions, just imagine what they could do without!
May 09, 2004 (12:38 pm)
That was an interesting comparison. Personally, I would have liked to see a Lincoln LS and maybe a G35 in there as well. My guess is the G and CTS would have been in the top 2 spots. The G35 is cheaper than a CTS, but it also looks cheaper inside as well IMO. First time I'm seen a Chrysler do as well in such competition also. Maybe we are finally seeing some payoff from the "big" merger.
#5544 of 6595 Awsome... What about Infiniti G35?
May 09, 2004 (12:41 pm)
The G35 is also a coupe, I think all the cars in the comparo are sedans.
May 09, 2004 (7:29 pm)
about the sedan version of the G35
May 10, 2004 (3:25 am)
These were bigger cars.... probably the reason the G wasn't invited.