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Caddy Targets BMW with New Twin-Turbo V-6

High-output engine to power new CTS sedan, upgraded XTS.

by on Mar.18, 2013

Cadillac's new twin-turbo V-6 is the most powerful engine of its type ever at GM.

It could be a critical year for Cadillac, the U.S. luxury maker hoping to take European competitors like BMW down a peg with an assortment of new products – and a new twin-turbo V-6 powertrain that it will be introducing later this year.

The all-new engine will make its debut under the hood of the third-generation Cadillac CTS that’s also scheduled to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show later this month. A first for General Motors, the twin-turbo V-6 “will be a signature feature” for the Cadillac brand, proclaimed David Leone, the maker’s executive chief engineer, during a Monday morning preview.

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The CTS itself will undergo some major changes for the 2014 model-year, the sedan expected to grow slightly larger to create some distance from Cadillac’s base model, the ATS, and to more directly target imports like the vaunted BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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Cadillac Giving High-Performance V6 to SRX

Maker revamping line-up.

by on Apr.13, 2011

Caddy will drop a new, 300-hp 3.6-liter V6 into the SRX crossover for 2012.

The hot topic may be fuel economy, these days, but performance still matters, especially to luxury car buyers, it seems.

So, Cadillac is planning to put the focus on “red-blooded luxury” with a 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 that it plans to drop into the popular SRX crossover later this year.

The 2012 SRX will see horsepower jump from 265 – with the current, 3.0-liter V6 – to 300, while torque will climb from 223 lb-ft to 260.  Fuel economy is expected to be comparable to the current model’s 18 mpg City and 25 Highway, the maker says.

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The SRX was completely redesigned for the 2010 model-year and quickly saw a more than 150% increase in sales.

But it has lagged behind other models in the Cadillac line-up when it comes to performance.  General Motors’ flagship brand has added a number of new V-Series offerings, including the 2011 CTS-V Coupe, which churns 556 horsepower out of its 6.2-liter supercharged V8.

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