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, andâ€”in part thanks to an eight-speed automaticâ€”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 applicationsâ€”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 CTSâ€”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 intentionalâ€”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]