2011-2013 CTS-V Wagon
CTS-V has been sitting at the top of Caddy’s performance range for years now. Currently in its third generation, the mighty 4-door sedan yields 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque thanks to Corvette’s supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8. But it wasn’t that long ago that CTS-V could have been had in 2-door coupe and 5-door station wagon forms. Our pick is CTS-V Wagon – extremely rare 3-year offering that quickly got forgotten.
Why? Well, maybe because only 395, 575 and 416 of them have been produced respectively. Or 1,386 in total. That accounts to only 7% of CTS-V’s total production. Although Cadillac never intended for the car itself to become a best-seller, you have to admit it lacked another digit or so in order for it not to become almost forgotten less than 5 years after its discontinuation.
Back then, Cadillac’s sportiest offering sported 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. Unlike current models which are exclusively tied to 8-speed autos, second generation units could have been had with a 6-speed stick. They were capable of hitting 60 mph in 4 seconds flat and doing quarter miles in around 12 seconds.
Problem with the CTS-V Wagon is it never had a niche. Oddball that was neither aggressive sports car nor family hauler was instantly consigned to obscurity. But we’re still glad when car makers bring something like this to the table. Especially car makers like Cadillac.