2012 Cadillac CTS Touring Edition
With 556 horsepower on tap, mashing the accelerator produces the type of thrust normally associated with fighter aircraft, and the car’s suspension, seating and brakes are equally impressive.
If there’s a drawback to the CTS-V, it would be the car’s $64,000 starting price, which jumps to nearly $70,000 when you add the Recaro seats, suede steering wheel and polished aluminum wheels. Given the car’s performance potential, that’s still one hell of a bargain, but let’s be honest: how many of us can afford to buy a $70,000 sedan?
Cadillac feels our pain, which is why the automaker is introducing a “Touring Package” option for the 3.0-liter V-6 and 3.6-liter V-6 Cadillac CTS models. While the packages won’t make the CTS any faster, it will enhance the driving experience by borrowing interior bits from the CTS-V.
Opting for the $2,065 Touring Package on 3.0-liter V-6 CTS sedans or wagons will get you 18-inch pearl nickel finish wheels, dual exhausts, a dark finish grille, HID headlamps and fog lamps, suede seat inserts, a suede steering wheel and shifter, midnight Sapele wood trim and metal pedals.
If you choose a CTS sedan, coupe or wagon with the 3.6-liter V-6, the Touring Package jumps to $2,810 in price but includes more content. You get the Recaro sport seats (which cost $3,400 on their own in the CTS-V), plus the suede steering wheel and shifter, midnight Sapele wood trim, dark finish grille, metal pedals and polished 19-inch wheels.
Sedan and Coupe buyers opting for the Touring Package will also get the wing-shaped high-center brake light from the CTS-V, which isn't available on Sport Wagon models.
For those who want improved handling, Cadillac is also offering the FE3 performance suspension, which nets you steering-wheel-mounted mounted paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic as well as stiffer springs and dampers.
Starting prices for the CTS lineup are $36,750 for the Sedan, $39,590 for the Coupe and $39,890 for the Sport Wagon. A Sedan with the 3.6-liter V-6 and the Touring Package will set you back $45,975, which is a whole lot more attainable for most people than a $70,000 CTS-V.