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Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

Caddy 6.2 V-8 picture

Mourn with me. Cadillac – Cadillac! – no longer sells a single car powered by a V-8 engine. Or such will be the case in about two months, when 2014 fades to 2015. Come Jan. 1, all new Cadillac cars will be powered by fours or sixes. Some will be turbocharged. But none will larger…

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

CTS-V road 4

Power is everything – when it comes to the Cadillac CTS-V. Its 556 hp (and 551 lbs.-ft. of torque) supercharged 6.2 liter V-8 make a BMW M3’s 4 liter, 414 hp – and 295 lbs.-ft. of torque – V-8 seem almost  . .  . fey. Zero to 60 in just under 4 seconds (the M3…

2013 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac is not known for its small cars. Er, that is, not known favorably. The last one – the ’97-2001 Catera – rose to the mediocre. The ones before that – like the infamous Cimarron – must (like a “funny” Uncle) never be mentioned again. But this latest small Cadillac – the 2013 ATS –…

2013 Cadillac Escalade

The battleship Iowa and her three sisters managed to survive not only World War II but a post-war world in which they’d long since become anachronisms. Amazingly, these massive gunboats lingered on as active duty warships for decades – into the 1990s. But everyone knew they had been living on borrowed time for a long…

2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV

It stands alone, unchallenged … the master of all it surveys.  Not merely surviving but thriving. The Hummer came – and went. So also the Ford Excursion – a mere Ford, too for that matter. No, if you want the Biggest Kahuna – a luxury SUV that can swallow the others whole and beat them…

Cadillac Allante, 1987-1993

If General Motors eventually goes bankrupt (again) it won’t be for lack of imagination and innovation. It will be for lack of successful innovation. The Allante project is a case in point. It began with high hopes – and an audacious plan. By the mid-1980s, Cadillac was still the “standard of the world” – if…

Cadillac Sedan deVille, 1956-1984

Nowadays, all the really big sedans are foreign-made: Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Daimler Maybachs. It is a sign of the decline of the once-magnificent American Land Yacht, whose sole surviving exemplar as of 2010 is the Lincoln Town Car – a mere middleweight by the standards that once defined “full-size.” Cadillac, for its part, doesn’t make truly…

Cadillac Coupe deVille, 1949-1984

“As I was motorvatin’ over the hill, I saw Maybelline in a Coupe de Ville; Cadillac rollin’ on an open road… nothing outrun my V-8 Ford.” – Chuck Berry, “Maybelline” Well, maybe so. But that wasn’t the point when you were behind the wheel of Caddy’s ultimate lead sled coupe. If you drove a deVille,…

2007 Cadillac CTS-V: The Brain Smasher!

If Nissan’s Maxima was the world’s first four-door sports car (as the company liked to say in its ads), the Cadillac CTS-V is one of the world’s few real-deal muscle sedans. There’s a big difference. Sport sedans are about finesse and balance as much as they are about straight-line acceleration. Muscle cars are all about…