Even if station wagons are now history in America, this does not mean that overseas they do not have a strong following. The most admired ones are high-performance wagons. They are the perfect combination between a sedan and a SUV and they are extremely versatile.
Our first suggestion is represented by the new E63 AMG sedan Mercedes Benz. Its engine is a very powerful one, a 5.5 liter twin turbo V8, which makes it the perfect car for someone who wants to drive a vehicle with more than 518 horsepower. The model is a four doors one and the car is extremely spacious.
Audi RS6 Avant has a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with 560 horsepower and it offers you the possibility to reach 62 mph is just 4 seconds. Its top speed is somewhere around 190 mph and its adaptive air suspension and the carbon ceramic brakes make it extremely easy to drive. It can be the perfect car for someone who needs a big car with a powerful engine.
Cadillac also offers you the possibility to own a spectacular wagon which is even more powerful than the ones before it: 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with 556 horsepower. The car is available with a six speed manual transmission but it also has a magnetic suspension and Brembo brakes. It is a pity that it did not garn enough sales in its home market and its production was stopped.
Dodge Magnum is considered one of Americans’ favorite cars, especially the SRT-8 version. It has a 6.1 liter Hemi V8 and 425 horsepower. Taking into consideration the fact that this car first appeared eight years ago I am sure you are going to agree with me that it is a very powerful machine. Unfortunately the sales have decreased a lot in the last few years.
The last car from our top is an Australian one: Commodore. The engine is a 5.7 liter V8 one and it allows you to use 580 horsepower. It is definitely the most powerful vehicle that Holden ever produced. You are free to choose if you want to have this car in a sedan model, a wagon one or even a pickup form.
These are the most popular wagons in the world but this does not mean that you cannot choose anything else according to your budget and preferences. You can find a lot of information online and you can be sure that you are going to find the car of your dreams.
After a couple of leaks and teasers, Cadillac has finally revealed the 2014 CTS. The vehicle boasts an attractive new design that showcases a couple of cues taken from the Ciel concept. Overall, the vehicle can’t be mistaken for anything else than a Cadillac but some of its new features, like the large grille and distinctive headlights with LED strips that are continued into the daytime running lights, give it a fresh look. The model also features a “trapped” hood, trapezoidal exhausts and a brand new set of 17- to 19-inch alloys.
The interior of the new Cadillac features a familiar design which has been enhanced with top noch materials and state of the art technology. Some of the most notable features include an 11-speaker Bose audio system, a CUE infotainment system and authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum trim. Customers can also opt for heated / ventilated front seats, a heads up display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Furthermore, the 2014 CTS is the first Cadillac to offer Automatic Parking Assist which enables the car to parallel park itself, front and rear Automatic Braking which can brake the car to prevent a crash at low speeds, safety alert seats with automatic safety belt tightening and many more options.
Under the bonnet, the new Cadillac boasts three different engines. First there’s the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder one with 272 HP – 203 kW and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, followed by a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 that generates 321 HP – 239 kW and 373 Nm (275 lb-ft) of torque and last but not least, the turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 with 420 HP – 313 kW and 583 Nm (430 lb-ft) of torque. Depending on which engine is selected, the 2014 CTS is available with either a six- or eight-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the vehicle comes standard-equipped with a rear-wheel drive system and optional, customers can choose the all-wheel drive one.
There’s one more thing hidden inside Cadillac’s sleeve. The CTS VSport variant that packs a twin-turbo V6 engine is sure to offer something more than just the usual luxury. The model has been fitted with a revised steering system, a driver-selectable track mode, a heavy duty cooling system, Brembo brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential and a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli performance tires.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS will go into production this fall, with prices and other details expected to surface closer to its launch.
Cadillac has recently presented some new details about their upcoming W20 Livery package for the XTS. The W20 model is based on the range-topping XTS Platinum and it packs some extra features like the LED-infused door handles and the set of 19-inch alloy wheels.
The interior cockpit hasn’t received too much attention other than an attractive micro-fiber suede headliner. Even though that doesn’t sound like much, the car can also be equipped with a rear seat comfort package that adds heated seats, window shades and a power inverter for charging personal electronics. Furthermore, customers can add the optional navigation system to the package.
Don Butler, Cadillac’s vice president of marketing, added that “[The] XTS represents a new approach to luxury, centered on advanced technology and design. This same approach extends to Professional Vehicles, where we are bringing a new formula to the livery customer. Every experience in a Cadillac, front seat or rear seat, meets a higher standard for luxury, performance and technology.”
Source: GM via WCF
The inclusion in the charts of classic cars can be an highly subjective challenge. However, I tried to bring together the most representative cars. I do not claim to be approved by everyone but I hope that at least one of these cars will appeal to you. So here’s my version of classic cars. I hope you feel as good reading as I felt when I wrote that top.
Chevrolet Corvette, 1966 to 1982
Initially designed to be the poor’s sports car Corvette was the perfect example of raw power and affordability, in 1953. Since 1966 was at the end of its second generation, driven by a 396-cube big block with 425 horsepower. Style has changed over the years subtly, but power decreased dramatically reaching the humble 200 hp. It was the price paid for unleaded gas, emission controls and catalytic converters. Fortunately horsepower returns to current generations recalling the glory years of this model.
Ford Mustang, 1964 to 1969
The first generation was born at the assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan, on March 9, 1964. He instantly became teenagers and adults dream. Chassis, suspension and drivetrain were borrowed from the more humble Falcon. Mustang won the title of Car of the Year back then. The ’64 model was powered by a beast with inline 6-cylinder and 105 hp. Long list of optional Mustang parts and accessories for each owner so the custom car feeling was there. A year after launch Ford used bigger engines maxing out with a 225 horsepower 289 ci powerplant. Since the 70s Mustang passed from the middle to the midsize class.
Chevrolet Impala, 1958 to 1967
A celebration of tail fins, so were the first. In 1956 took its rightful place at the top of the Chevy line. Engine options ranged from a 234 horsepower six cylinder to a 315 horsepower Super Turbo Thrust. Lots of power and speed for those times. In 1959 Impala became a separate line with its own distinctive marks (maxed out batwing rear fenders). By 1961, the emphasis on performance resulted in a change of style, the tail fins being eliminated. By 1967 Impala began to gain in size, weight and strength again with a pronounced fastback roof design and beefy 385 horsepower V-8.
Chevrolet Camaro, 1968 to 1969
Camaro aka Chevy’s musclecar, introduced as a response to Mustang in 1967. The first generation was also the most desired one. It provoked sighs and desires both among young people and among adults. The Z28 version, included a 6.5-liter, 350 horsepower V-8 big block. Next year, the drivetrain stayed the same but the design became sportier with a lower ground clearance and engine options that included a 7.0-liter, 425 horsepower V-8. The latest model of Camaro recently appeared managed to win the hearts of consumers, being a modern reinterpretation of american muscle car.
Chevrolet Nova, 1963 to 1972
Introduced for the first time in 1962 Nova was the the attempt to enter the budget muscle car market. For an additional chance in 1963 to the package was added the Super Sport aesthetic details. But performance has been felt only in 1964 with a V-8 option. In 1966 Nova Nova has really joined the muscle car group with new styling and a 350 horsepower engine. From 1967 Nova borrowed the L79 engine to Camaro and gave him the role of leader. In ’72, the SS package contained only 200 horsepower and even if Nova continued through 1976, 1972 really was the end of Nova as a high-performance car.
Chevrolet Chevelle, 1966 to 1973
Chevrolet practically dominated segments aligned with Nova, Camaro and Chevelle. From 1966, the 396 horsepower engine was standard in the Chevelle SS line. Distinctive signatures of this model were the simulated scoops. In 1967 the company policy widowed Chevelle of 10 horsepower. This policy dictate that only Corvette was allowed to generate more than one horsepower per 10 pounds of curb weight. The year 1968 brought a visual restyling (longer hood and shorter deck). To complete the picture in 1970 changes were made in motorizations. Thereby a new 454 engine, the LS5, and 360 horsepower appeared.
Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1970 to 1978
It was one of the great successes of the company GM on NASCAR runways for stock cars. Designed by Elliot Estes, general manager, and Dave Holls, chief stylist, Monte Carlo was a blend between Cadillac Eldorado and Chevelle. Motoring was provided at the beginning by a 350ci small-block V-8 rated at 250 horsepower. In 1973 the general restyling brand, brought closer a pillared coupe rather than a hardtop. We refer to frameless door glass, rear opera windows, dual headlights and an egg-crate grille. For 1973, innovations brought the high-caster steering, standard radial-ply tires and Pliacell shocks. In the four years that followed the coupe went through modest styling changes, followed by radical downsizing in 1978 and V6 engines.
Cadillac DeVille, 1955 to 1965
El Dorado on wheels. If other sedans lost the tailfins in the late 1950s DeVille kept them until 1964. Other defining features were Cadillac’s front bumper design, wraparound windshields and artillery shell-shaped like bumper guards.
Chevrolet Pickups, 1950-1971
6-cylinder, 90-horsepower engines. V-8 didn’t appear until the late ’50s. During the 60s, Chevy engineers focused on suspension systems to smooth the ride as much as possible. Great changes have occurred in 1967 when the pickups have made ??the transition from purely utilitarian vehicles into a lifestyle with high-style vehicles.
Mercedes Benz 450, 1975 to 1979
If most manufacturers had a tendency to downsize in the 1970s, Mercedes did exactly the opposite with the 6.9-liter 450 SEL. With the 6.9 engine generating 286 horsepower, the 450 was well known for his performances as sport car. The 1978 model introduced for the first time the anti-lock brake system (ABS). Over 7,000 units were sold throughout his career of four years, most of them being sold in US.
Cadillac has officially presented the long awaited 2014 ELR. The vehicle looks like the 2009 Converj concept and it uses a tweaked version of the Volt’s drivetrain that’s connected to an updated T-shaped 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. This allows the ride to travel for up to 35 miles (56 km) in electric mode and more than 300 miles (480 km) in a single tank.
Under the bonnet, the vehicle packs a 1.4-liter gasoline unit which provides a combined output of 207 hp – 154 kW and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. Cadillac hasn’t released any info about the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint but we should expect it to be somewhere around eight seconds, about a second quicker than the Volt.
The 435 lbs (198 kg) battery pack is positioned along the centerline of the car, and it takes around 4.5 hours to charge it using a 240V outlet, while with at a 120V outlet it can take about 12 hours. The battery comes with an 8-year / 100,000-mile warranty.
The 2014 Cadillac ELR uses a HiPer Strut front suspension and has an electric power steering system with a ZF steering gear. The semi-independent rear compound-crank suspension has Watts link incorporating weight-optimized trailing arms for absorbing lateral forces.
The interior of the ride showcases a luxurious 2+2 layout that features leather-trimmed upholstery mixed with wood and chrome accents. There’s also a carbon fiber trim available along with Opus semi-aniline leather seating and a suede microfiber headliner. It comes with an eight-inch configurable instrument and driver information display, LED accent lighting, fold-down rear seats and an auto-glide/power assisted covered storage/cup holder.
The Cadillac ELR is slated to go into production in late 2013 and it will hit the dealer shops in early 2014.
If you have not heard of Jay Leno and his passion for cars you probably live in a cave or have been abducted by aliens who’ve released you just now. Jay’s garage or as Alladin’s cave, a place full of treasures. Here you will find both new cars and old cars and perhaps brand names which you have never heard. We will try in this article to stop on 5 models each interesting in its own way.
1918 Cadillac Type 57 Victoria
Although it is now a respectable old lady Cadillac Type 57 Victoria still has original paint and most interesting, has preserved the original wooden wheels. It may seem outdated now and devoid of all modern gadgets but remember that this little gem has occurred during the period when Woodrow Wilson was president and World War I had only begun for U.S a year earlier.
1928 Bugatti Type 37A
Yes, Bugatti, this is the same company that owns Veyron. As you can see, a company with tradition which from the beginning has produced fast and powerful cars. You might think that the past years have softened the car, but Bugatti Type 37A it is far from being tired. Held at the beginning by Pierre Veyron this car raced on tracks in its time and from what do we know still cope admirably at the present times. Surely not as safe and manageable like a car from today but certainly a sure way to make your heart beat faster while driving with a happy grin on your face.
1925 Doble Steamer
Yes a steam engine car. Completely disappeared from the streets now these cars were a model of ingenuity in their time. No lower than gasoline cars, the steam cars were capable of performing amazing sometimes. Producing 1,000 lb-ft of torque this 1925 Doble Steamer, received some improvements ( the most important was the steam condenser made from aerospace materials that can bear temperatures up to 6,000 degrees). Aerospace materials and classic cars. I love and hate the combination..
1954 Jaguar XK120
The kind of car that caused the spark of passion for Jay. A car for aristocrats or for the rich. A smash hit in its time, Jaguar XK120 received accessories and an image worthy of a spoiled prince. Even if it was not one of the most reliable cars, was certainly one of the most desirable. All you need: british accent, costume, fat bank account and of course a lady who loves vintage stuff. And that car of course. More than 50 years after its debut still remains popular within collectors world.
1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia
One of the rarest cars on earth. Would be easier to find a diamond in the street than to see that car running the streets. Also one of the most expensive cars in the world. Just look at it and after that stop drolling. Hand-built coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik that car was the starship Enterprise of her time. Gorgeous design, fluid futuristic accents, the “Dubonnet suspension” for comfortable travels and above all, admiration from all who pass along. I don’t know what you would do, but If I had 10 Ferrari I would give them all for this car. Take my girlfriend, take my money, take my car, take my house and just let me have that car.
The electric car hype is slowly taking over the world and Cadillac is not falling behind. For the past two years, Cadillac has been developing its own version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the closest indication was previewed by the 2009 Converj Concept (pictured here).
Recently, Cadillac released some news about an upcoming hybrid vehicle that will be unveiled at the upcoming Detroit show. As a reminder, the Converj was a coupe that not only incorporated GM’s advanced plug-in hybrid technologies but also all of the traits that make a proper Cadillac. Notably, the future electric vehicle will ditch the Converj name and go for the ELR once it reaches production.
With the 2013 Detroit Auto Show right around the corner, Cadillac has just released these teaser images of its new luxury coupe. Although it’s just a simple silhouette shot, it’s quite clear it’ll look very similar to that earlier concept, which is certainly not a bad thing, gorgeous as it was. Details are still being kept under wraps at the moment, but we can expect to find a more luxurious interior over the Volt’s as well as sportier handling and a higher price tag. More details will come in just a few weeks from Detroit.
Source: Cadillac via Carbuzz
Cadillac is full of surprises lately: after introducing three new models into production they have unveiled a brand new concept at Pebble Beach last week, the Cadillac Ciel Concept, a stunning four door convertible. Named after the French word for sky, the Ciel is a large convertible without the B-pillar, with suicide doors resembling the ’61 Lincoln Continental convertible.
The concept was developed at the General Motors North Hollywood Design Center with the exterior design being lead by Niki Smart and the interior design by Gael Buzyn. Even though it’s pretty long, this convertible packs quite a lot of power under the hood, thanks to a hybrid drivetrain combined of a 3.6 liter direct injected V6 and an electric motor which uses a lithium ion battery.
These two are able to produce an impressive 425 HP and 583 Nm of torque which is more than enough for a convertible with this looks. We don’t have a clue if Cadillac plans to take this concept into production in the future but someone from the company declared that if they didn’t had any intentions of doing anything with it, they wouldn’t be showing it either. So.. maybe there are a couple of chances to see this stunner on the streets in the next years.
General Motors has announced today that, after a three-year break, Cadillac will return to racing with a specially-modified CTS-V Coupe. They will team up with Pratt & Miller to create a develop a racecar based on the standard CTS-V that will compete in the SCCA (Sport Car Club of America) World Challenge GT Series.
The VP of Cadillac marketing declared that returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the new CTS-V Coupe. The racecars in this series are production based which allows them to validate their performances against the best competitors on track.
Details about the upcoming Cadillac CTS-V Coupe racecar are very limited at the moment but GM announced that two teams will be created and the drivers will be Johnny O’Connell, three times GT1 champion in the American Le Mans Series and Andy Pilgrim, winner of the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT Class.
Cadillac has released today the pricing details for the new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe for the US market. The entry level model powered by a 3.6L V6 engine with 304 HP and 370 Nm of torque will start from $38,990. The car will feature a six speed automatic transmission, 18″ alloys, an audio system from Bose, power seats, remote starting and rear park assist.
The Performance Collection model will start from $43,430 and will feature a lot of extra equipment such as HID Xenon headlamps with adaptive forward lighting, leather upholstery, a 5.1 audio system from Bose with a 40 GB hard drive and USB connectivity.
Customers who want more than that could also go for the Premium Collection model that features all the previously mentioned equipment and a rear view camera, sunroof, ambiental interior lighting, heated and vented front seats, a heated steering wheel, wood trim and GPS navigation. The Coupe Premium Collection will cost $47,835.
The top of the line 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe comes with a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that is able to produce 556 HP and 746 Nm of torque. This powerful model features Brembo brakes, magnetic ride control, 19″ lightweight wheels wrapped in high performance Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires and other upgrades for perfect handling. The 6.2L CTS-V Coupe will start from $62,990.