2008 Cadillac CTS | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

It’s an open fact that  wants to seriously compete with Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes Benz and BMW. This can be seen in the brand’s increasing line-up but there are some models which do have the ammunition to take the fight to its competitors. One of these models is the new 2008 CTS, which has been significantly improved over the previous generation.

The new model retains a similar profile of the outgoing model and shares its 113.4in wheelbase. But most of its other dimensions are now slightly larger. The front end gets a revised grille while most of the body lines have also been softened or rounded. Keeping the car connected to the ground are standard 17-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels and sports tyres that fill up the wheel wells to project a no-nonsense look.

Design, fit and finish of materials were among top priorities for the CTS; the trim inside includes combination of handcrafted, French stitched leather, wood, carbon fibre and aluminium, providing a decidedly upmarket effect.

Like its predecessor, the 2008 CTS is offered with rear- or all-wheel-drive. Some suspension, braking, and steering improvements from last year’s CTS-V have been added to the standard CTS.

The larger 3.6-litre variable valve V6 carryover engine has been extensively upgraded. Two injection systems are available: port and direct. With variable valve timing and normal aspiration they generate 266bhp and 304bhp with torque of 342Nm and 369Nm respectively. Both these engines are available in the RWD or AWD versions while the entry level 2.8-litre variable valve engine is reserved for RWD models only. Automatic and manual gearboxes are available as are three different suspension options to suit a variety of drivers.

Safety equipment includes GM’s electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, and four-channel ABS. The CTS will be joined by the V-Series edition towards the end of this year.

Positioned in the highly competitive mid-size luxury segment, the CTS is a true challenger to similar sedans from Europe and Japan and should not be discounted by the fact that it carries an American badge on its hood. It has the dynamics of a sports sedan with luxury as the byword.

Technical Specifications
Engine2.8-litre V63.6-litre V6
Power266bhp304bhp
Torque342Nm369Nm
TransmissionManual/AutomaticManual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 165,000 onwards*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

BMW 3-Series
Infiniti G35
Lexus IS
Audi A4
Jaguar X-Type
Opel Vectra
Saab 9-3
Volkswagen Jetta
Volvo S40

 

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