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CTS SPORT TAKES CADILLAC’S SPORT SEDAN TO NEW LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE, APPEARANCE

Put simply, the Cadillac CTS Sport is a sportier version of the brand’s popular CTS sport sedan, both inside and out. Debuting at the 2003 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, the CTS Sport is positioned to fill the gap between the CTS and the high performance CTS-V Series.

Under the hood, the CTS Sport packs a centrifugal supercharged 3.6-liter VVT engine good for 300 horsepower – 45 horses more than the regular production sports sedan. The engine is mated to a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The CTS Sport’s exhaust note is slightly more pronounced, thanks to its Corsa cat-back exhaust system and tips.

The CTS Sport also has a beefier suspension, with components borrowed from its big brother, the CTS-V, and 18-inch custom alloy wheels with P245/45R18 Goodyear Eagle RSA all-season tires. The four-wheel disc brakes have 12.7” cross-drilled and ventilated rotors.

Exterior enhancements include a new body-color grille with a stainless steel backing, redesigned rocker panels, body-color rear appliqué and a subtle rear deck spoiler. The body-color trim elements give the CTS Sport a sleeker and sportier appearance.

Inside, the CTS Sport has more extensive use of leather and metal trim, right down to the aluminum foot pedals. All of the wood surfaces on the steering wheel, door pulls, and shift knob have been replaced with leather-wrappings. Metallic trim is used on the doors, steering wheel trim, and center console.
The Bose Premium Concept Audio system embraces the high-performance spirit of the CTS Sport, enhancing the driving experience through the power and emotion of music. Two additional speaker locations custom-selected for the CTS Sport, for a total of 10, deliver clear, spacious sound throughout the vehicle.

CADILLAC CTS SPORT VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:

-Supercharged 3.6L VVT engine (300 horsepower)
-Corsa cat-back exhaust system and tips
-Five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
-Enhanced suspension and braking
-V-Series suspension components
-18-inch alloy wheels with P245/45R18 Goodyear Eagle RSA all season tires
-Four-wheel disc brakes with cross-drilled and ventilated rotors
-Newly designed body-colored grille
-Redesigned rocker panels
-Body color rear appliqué
-Rear decklid spoiler
-Revised interior
-More extensive use of leather, with metallic trim
-Aluminum floor pedals
-Logo’d floor mats
-Bose 10 speaker Premium Concept Audio system


 

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Very nice!!! :bounce:
 

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Originally posted by mgescuro@Oct 29 2003, 05:18 AM
Nice nice nice nice.... Tho.. I bet anyone that the interior is still crap. :huh:
Was the interior crap in the first place or are people just stupid?
 

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I think for a entry level car...the CTS has a very quality interior.

I can only hope that at least 1/3 of all these GM cars get produced, and this is one of them.
 

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Originally posted by Mr_Pringle+Oct 29 2003, 07:42 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Mr_Pringle @ Oct 29 2003, 07:42 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-mgescuro@Oct 29 2003, 05:18 AM
Nice nice nice nice.... Tho.. I bet anyone that the interior is still crap.  :huh:
Was the interior crap in the first place or are people just stupid? [/b][/quote]
I love the CTS. Awesome car. Drive surprisingly well.
But I can't get over the chepness of the interior. GM might say that they use higher quality parts, but it certianly doesn't look like it. Just touching the dash and interior pieces make it feel cheap, even if the parts are "higher quality." Just look at VW dahses. Just the fit and finish imply quality... even though the overall quality of the car might not be up to snuff.

Cadillac's not there yet.
 

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Originally posted by Mr_Pringle+Oct 29 2003, 07:42 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Mr_Pringle @ Oct 29 2003, 07:42 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-mgescuro@Oct 29 2003, 05:18 AM
Nice nice nice nice.... Tho.. I bet anyone that the interior is still crap.   :huh:
Was the interior crap in the first place or are people just stupid?[/b][/quote]
I think much of the criticism of the CTS interior comes from first impressions based on certain color themes that give a very plasticky perception. For example, the first CTS I ever saw happened to have a gray interior. In that color, the plastic REALLY looks plastic; but if you touch it and push on it, you'll notice that it's not a cheesy hard plastic piece, but something "cushiony" that feels more substantial.

If you sit in a CTS like mine with a neutral-shale interior, a black dashboard, and with the wood package and nav unit, it looks quite nice, (mine also has a manual tranny, and the stick shift looks better than the gear selector in the automatic IMO). I really like the tower in the center and the general shape of the dash, as well as the sharp lines on the doors and other interior shapes. It's a unique interior that matches the uniqueness of the exterior.

Having said that, it has certainly become fashionable to knock the CTS interior, so there must be a reason. All I can say is that I've driven everything in CTS's class, and I've never had a problem thinking of my CTS as a thoroughly satisfying car--both inside and out--as any of those others.
 

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Originally posted by coolcaddy@Oct 31 2003, 11:14 AM
Having said that, it has certainly become fashionable to knock the CTS interior, so there must be a reason. All I can say is that I've driven everything in CTS's class, and I've never had a problem thinking of my CTS as a thoroughly satisfying car--both inside and out--as any of those others.
Have you driven the Saab 9-3 or the 9-5? Very solid interiors. Not cheap looking or feeling at all. A bit too many buttons on the 9-3 (depending on options), but still very well laid out. :lol:

The CTS has too many odd angles with that center tower piece that just juts out a bit awkwardly. Maybe with a little wood (like in the SRX), it would look better, but it just doesn't look right. The XLR, on the other hand, has a very nice interior. The angles work well together, and the material looks quality. Then again, having wood on the dash didn't improve the Escalade at all! <_<

If you're gonna spend $30-45K on a car, you better make sure that everything is quality. Especially when cars like VW, that aren't in the class of Cadillac, have far higher quality interiors.
 

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Originally posted by mgescuro+Nov 1 2003, 03:56 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (mgescuro @ Nov 1 2003, 03:56 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-coolcaddy@Oct 31 2003, 11:14 AM
Having said that, it has certainly become fashionable to knock the CTS interior, so there must be a reason. All I can say is that I've driven everything in CTS's class, and I've never had a problem thinking of my CTS as a thoroughly satisfying car--both inside and out--as any of those others.
Have you driven the Saab 9-3 or the 9-5? Very solid interiors. Not cheap looking or feeling at all. A bit too many buttons on the 9-3 (depending on options), but still very well laid out. :lol:

The CTS has too many odd angles with that center tower piece that just juts out a bit awkwardly. Maybe with a little wood (like in the SRX), it would look better, but it just doesn't look right. The XLR, on the other hand, has a very nice interior. The angles work well together, and the material looks quality. Then again, having wood on the dash didn't improve the Escalade at all! <_<

If you're gonna spend $30-45K on a car, you better make sure that everything is quality. Especially when cars like VW, that aren't in the class of Cadillac, have far higher quality interiors. [/b][/quote]
Funny you should mention Saab as an example. I've always thought Saab interiors were a bit quirky, starting with the "ignition where the center armrest is supposed to be" all the way up to the curvy outline of the dashboard that falls into the center console. The quality of materials, to me at least, is so-so, and I don't remember seeing any pretty wood trim in the 9-3 that I drove, just plastic.

I haven't driven an '04 9-3, so my perception may be out of date. Maybe the all-new '04 9-3 represents a dramatic change in the interior. However, based on what I have seen, I didn't notice anything unusually outstanding about the Saab. It certainly isn't cheesy or anything--I just don't think it's that great.

So, either I need to go look at the '04, or this is just a "beauty in the eye of the beholder" deal. B)
 
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Cool.
 

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I feel that the CTS interior is generally pretty good. It's got the most comfortable back seat (once you get in there) of any GM car, with the Buick Regal GS coming in second place.

The main center of the criticism seems to be the instrument panel design. I'll agree, the gray interior does not help the perception of the instrument panel. But the real thing that amuses me is the texture of the instrument panel--reminds me of the back side of a piece of Masonite wall board. The Dodge Stratus has a similar texture, but tends to look better than the CTS does. If Cadillac changed that worrysome texture and possibly integrated and color coded things a little better, then it might look more the price on the window sticker.

You can dismiss exterior styling you might not totally like as when you're driving, you're not looking at the outside. But when an instrument panel design/color/texture doesn't seem quite right, it's another situation all together--regardless of how enjoyable the powertrain and chassis might make the car.

Enjoy!
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;) I have a V on order. I think the issue with the CTS is that everyone is looking for the plastiwood like the german cars. In fact the CTS interior is quite sporty looking as it shouldbe. Itsa different approach not having the dash & console blended together. Check the new STS interior. More BMW 'ish.
 
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