• This luscious blue over ebony leather 2012 Cadillac CTS-V wagon, currently up for auction on Bring a Trailer, has less than 30,000 miles, and the three pedals are proof that it was chosen the way God intended.
• The rear-wheel-only Cadillac CTS-V wagon used a 6.2-liter, 556-horsepower supercharged V-8 and was offered with a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
• At the time of writing, bidding for this 29,000-mile specimen has reached $75,000, with the auction ending on Saturday, April 16. 7400 miles sold for $96,500.
We often have the expression “They don’t build them like they used to.” In some ways, we should all be thankful they don’t. Today, cars are generally safer, faster and more fuel efficient than ever. Of course, those contemporary benefits come at the cost of some of our favorite cars. But a car like this 2012 Cadillac CTS-V car is something automakers had never built before, and it’s unlikely they’ll ever build it again.
The CTS-V, sold in every body shape with a solid roof except an SUV or pickup, legitimized Cadillac’s performance efforts. The first generation (2004-2007) was only available with a manual transmission and was below competitors such as the Audi S4 and Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG. The wagon wouldn’t arrive until the second-generation CTS-V in 2010, and its existence made as much sense then as a 556-horsepower supercharged three-pedal V-8 wagon with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires today.
It’s an obvious BaT pick of the day for us, because every time a CTS-V car is mentioned, it’s personal. CD used to be there for the birth and the first 40,000 miles of our 2011 long-term CTS-V wagon, so this unusually great car holds a special place in our hearts. It won three consecutive 10Best awards in its four years of existence. Have you heard any of these bad guys roar in person? It is groundbreaking for car enthusiasts.
This example is particularly good, not only for the lack of mileage, but also because the Opulent Blue paintwork and Ebony interior more closely match the car’s sporting instinct than pearly white paint with ice guts. It is also an excellent example of collectivity. In September 2019, this CTS-V car sold on BaT for $68,000. At the time of writing, the current bid exceeds that already at nearly $10,000 with five days of bidding left.
When new, the CTS-V wagon started at $64,290, or about $83,600 when calculating for inflation. A six-speed manual transmission, magnetorheological dampers, Brembo brakes and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires were all standard equipment.
In our testing, the thunderous station wagon launched to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds with a time of 12.3 seconds at a quarter mile at 118 mph. That’s not far from today’s boldest sedan, the 603-hp twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG E63 we tested, which reached 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds and a quarter of a mile in 11.1 seconds at 222 km. /you.
An unequal comparison, given their 47 horsepower, $59K price difference, and 11-year discrepancy, but they share the biggest symptom of a car that won’t sell in the US: feverish driving pleasure, acute car shape, and internal bruising from an unquenchable’s wallet. thirst. The added availability of the manual transmission for the Cadillac makes it more obscure, but in a good way.
The lines of what car enthusiasts love and what the general car-buying public actually buys may run parallel forever, but the CTS-V wagon is a sign of passion. It will be interesting to see if this particular example beats the CTS-V on BaT that brought in $96,500 last year.
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