Though GM has done a good job of remaking the image of Cadillac, for many people, nothing screams luxury more than the land yachts of the 1950’s. Now that the Seville, and come to think of it, all of the classic “names’ of Cadillac are gone, the king of the luxury manufacturer’s sedan world is the STS. And while it may not be THAT big, the STS carries on the big luxury legacy of Cadillac.
The current Cadillac STS underwent a significant update for the 2008 model year that included both superficial cosmetic upgrades and a more luxuriously trimmed interior, as well as several high-tech safety and performance options. Also new for the base STS was a direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 rated at 302 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. At the other end of the power spectrum is the STS-V with it’s supercharged, 4.4 Liter Northstar V8 mated to a 6-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission with a manual mode and Performance Algorithm Shifting. that produces 469 horsepower and 439 lb.-feet of torque. This is good for a 0-60 mph time of about 5 seconds. All-wheel drive is an available option as well. A wire mesh grille, body kit and lip spoiler hint at the increased power under the STS-V’s hood; the aluminum wheels are 18 inches in front, 19 inches in back and feature a unique ten-spoke design. Chassis changes include increased stiffness for the front and rear springs, anti-roll bars, and shock absorbers. Brembo brakes, with heavy-duty cross drilled rotors, dual-piston front calipers and single piston front calipers are also used.
Interior upgrades include olive-ash burled wood, a leather wrapped instrument cluster, suede-like seat inserts, and aluminum trim. The STS-V’s standard features include such technological goodies as a Bose 5.1 studio surround sound system with a 6-disc changer and 15 speakers, a keyless access/remote start system and a Head-Up Display (HUD) device that projects digital readouts for speed, audio settings, and selected gear on the windshield to help the driver maintain focus on the road. Common features on all models include leather seating, 17-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, a Bose sound system and OnStar. The previously mentioned safety options that are new for 2008 include lane departure and blind spot warning systems.
Slotted, and priced, to cater to the same buyers of Mercedes AMG and BMW M performance sedans, the STS-V is a high performance version of Cadillac’s full-size STS luxury sedan. As such, the price for the STS starts at $47,185 for the base model and rockets north past $78-grand for the V-version.