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Cadillac XTS to Get Twin Turbo V-6

New Vsport model to make 410 hp.

by on Jun.24, 2013

Cadillac adds a new performance model to the XTS line-up, the XTS Vsport.

Cadillac is continuing to put a premium on performance, a niche it clearly believes it has to fill in its bid to regain credibility in order to tackle its import competition.

The latest addition to the Detroit luxury maker’s line-up will be the new 2014 XTS Vsport which will give the big sedan the same new 3.6-liter twin turbo V-6 that will also be offered with the new-for-2014, third-generation Cadillac CTS.

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“The addition of the new Cadillac twin turbo expands and elevates the XTS luxury sedan,” says Cadillac’s global brand boss Bob Ferguson. “This is a compelling enhancement to what is already one of the most technically advanced sedans in our history.”

The six-cylinder engine is the first twin turbo model ever offered by General Motors, a gap the maker had to fill if it wanted to stand up to the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz who offer similar high-tech powertrains in a wide variety of their performance models.

The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6.

In the 2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport, the twin turbo six will make 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.  That compares with 420 hp and 430 lb-ft for the new engine in the upcoming Cadillac CTS Vsport.

Significantly, the CTS is primarily a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, the XTS a front-driver, so the engine orientation in the two sedans is different.  However, the Vsport models are both offered only in all-wheel drive.

While sharing some of the basics with the conventional 3.6-liter V-6 now offered in the XTS, the twin turbo has undergone a number of modifications, including:

  • All-new cylinder block casting;
  • Strengthened connecting rods;
  • Machined, domed aluminum;
  • Patented, integrated charge air cooler system with low-volume air ducts;
  • Two turbochargers producing more than 12 pounds of boost.

(Click Here for more on the Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6.)

Starting at $63,020 – compared with $45,525 for the base XTS – the Vsport model also gets 20-inch wheels and a unique grille.  Production is set to begin in August and the new model should reach showrooms soon afterwards.

The Twin Turbo V-6 is helping Cadillac launch a new mid-range performance line, Vsport models similar to the BMW M Performance line the Bavarian maker introduced a few years ago.  For Cadillac, the Vsport serves as “the highest-performing standard car” explains spokesman Dave Caldwell, while, The V-Series has to be the highest-performance track-capable car.”

There are no plans to launch a full XTS V-Series model, he notes.  But there are expected to be new V-Series versions of the small Cadillac ATS and the new Caddy CTS.  Timing is uncertain though they’re likely to reach showrooms within the next several years.

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Several sources have suggested that the ATS V-Series will likely adopt a high-performance V-6 generating close to 500 horsepower. It is possible that will be an even more upgraded version of the new Cadillac Twin Turbo.

The Cadillac CTS V-Series, however, likely will go with a somewhat more traditional performance package, meaning a V-8. And that, in turn, is expected to be a variant of the new Chevrolet Corvette’s 6.2-liter powertrain.

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One Response to “Cadillac XTS to Get Twin Turbo V-6”

  1. Jorge M. says:

    A good turbo V-6 can be a nice package other than on start-off but there is always a price to pay for the complexity required to try and meet 54.5 mpg CAFE numbers pulled from a politicians arse…