Driven: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Press launches are odd things, especially when you’re dealing with a 556-horsepower super-wagon on a track you’ve never driven before. Limited time, restricted driving conditions, and unfamiliarity can conspire to put more noise in the signal you’re getting from the car than you can filter out. But the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon rises above the static to deliver one clear message: this wagon is serious.

Serious about performance despite also being serious about luxury accomodations and a quiet, composed cabin. Serious about value despite offering a standard Bose 5.1 surround sound system, heated leather seats, 40-gigabyte nav, and magneto-rheological active dampers. Serious about style though it can haul the kids and the groceries better than any sedan.

If you’ve read about the rest of the CTS-V lineup, you know what to expect of the Wagon: its stats are the same, or nearly so, from power to weight to performance. Boring, you might think, then, to drive yet another iteration of a familiar car. On the contrary. It’s incredibly exciting to drive a wagon with almost identical performance to what is one of the world’s fastest production sedansaround the Nurburgring (the $132,000 Porsche Panamera Turbo has since taken the title by about three seconds). And an American wagon at that.

Read more at Motor Authority.

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