Power junkies, rejoice: Cadillac announced today that the 2014 CTS, scheduled to debut at the New York International Auto Show, will offer a twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, and—in part thanks to an eight-speed automatic—sends the new CTS from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. Which is good news not just for CTS lovers, but for GM fans in general.
Cadillac says the twin-turbo V6, called the LF3, will also be used under the hood of the XTS, which means it works equally well in FWD and RWD applications—and which also shows they’re willing to distribute the engine around instead of keeping it to the CTS. And once a GM engine starts being passed around, it’s only a matter of time until Chevy and Buick and
Oldsmobile Pontiac Saturn, well, GMC get their hands on it. Which means we could see, say, a 420 horsepower twin turbo V6 CBuick LaCrosse, which actually sounds oddly appealing.
It also is likely good news for the next CTS-V. In order to deserve the V badge, the top CTS needs to have a serious chunk of power over the regular CTS—and if the regular CTS goes to 420 horses and 430 lb-ft, well, we’d say the new CTS-V needs at least 600 horses and 600 lb-ft to put some space between it and its lesser brethren. At least. Combine that with the inexorable trend of power inflation in the super-sedan world and the rumors that the next Cadillac ZR1 (which will likely share some of its engine architecture with the CTS-V) could make 700 horsepower, and all signs point to the next CTS-V kicking some serious ass.
And while Cadillac didn’t mention anything about the ATS, we’re betting that was intentional—because we bet this turbocharged V6 will be the engine of choice for the ATS-V, albeit in a slightly higher state of tune. We’ll tell you more as we learn more. But in the meantime, F**k yeah, Cadillac. [via Cadillac]