V8 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan
2008 Cadillac STS Specs
|Front head room||39 "|
|Rear head room||38 "|
|Front shoulder room||59 "|
|Rear shoulder room||57 "|
|Front hip room||55 "|
|Rear hip room||56 "|
|Front leg room||42.6 "|
|Rear leg room||38.3 "|
|Luggage capacity||13.8 cu.ft.|
|Maximum cargo capacity||13.8 cu.ft.|
|Body width||72.6 "|
|Body height||57.6 "|
|Fuel tank capacity||17.0 gal.|
|EPA mileage estimates||14 City / 21 Hwy|
|Base engine size||4.6 liters|
|Base engine type||V-8|
|Maximum towing capacity||1,000 lbs.|
|Drive type||all-wheel drive|
|Turning radius||18.8 ''|
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2008 Cadillac STS
For 2008, Cadillac STS gets more horsepower, more electronic features, and bolder styling inside and out.
The STS has been given a substantial facelift for 2008. It's the most significant change in appearance since the STS was introduced as an all-new model for 2005.
For 2008, a new V6 engine comes standard, a 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 developing 302 horsepower. The six-speed automatic transmission introduced on V8 models last year now comes with the V6 as well. Also available is one of GM's most sophisticated V8 engines, boasting the latest in computerized management and variable valve timing. The result is smooth, efficient power. For even more potent grand touring, the super-performance STS-V adds supercharged velocity.
New safety technologies for 2008 include Cadillac's latest Lane Departure Warning and Blind Zone Alert systems, plus a more sophisticated StabiliTrak electronic stability control system that uses steering as well as brake and throttle control to avoid dangerous skids.
The interior of the STS is superb, with comfortable but supportive seats that are infinitely adjustable, ample storage space, and superior sound systems. State-of-the-art occupant safety comes standard as well. Entertainment systems include 15-speaker surround-sound.
The STS is unmistakably a Cadillac, but it's also a four-door performance sedan for people who like to drive. The STS offers a choice of suspensions, from the standard setup designed for smooth, comfortable commuting to an active performance suspension that instantly adjusts to any driving situation, whether cruising through a sea of potholes or accelerating around a sweeping turn. Rear-wheel drive provides the balance and control that serious enthusiasts demand. All-wheel drive is also available, for handling stability in inclement weather.
The 2008 Cadillac STS comes with a choice of V6 ($42,390) or V8 ($51,810) engines. The high-performance STS-V ($76,555) comes with a supercharged V8. All come with a six-speed automatic transmission, although the supercharged V-model uses a heavy-duty unit.
All-wheel drive is available for the V6 ($1900) and base V8 ($1550), but not the STS-V.
Standard features include leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose AM/FM/CD stereo, interior auto-dimming rearview mirror, and the usual lineup of power creature comforts and driver aids. OnStar telematics (with one year's service), StabiliTrak electronic stability control, automatic high-beam control (Intellibeam) for the headlights, and rear park assist are also standard.
The popular V6 Luxury Package ($3,540) adds two-driver memory for seats, mirrors, climate and radio controls; Rainsense wipers; six-disc in-dash CD-changer; Eucalyptus wood trim on the instrument panel, steering wheel, console and center stack; heated and ventilated front seats with four-way power lumbar; heated rear seats; heated steering wheel; tire pressure monitor, universal home remote; and a cargo net. The V6 Luxury Performance Package ($5,845) includes all of the above, plus a limited slip rear differential, Premium ZF steering gear, performance cooling package, rear spoiler, Brembo performance brakes, and P235/50R18 front tires and P255/45R18 rear tires on 18-inch polished aluminum wheels. The new Luxury Level Two Package ($705) adds Xenon HID Intellibeam headlamps with washers, a premium sound system, and navigation to V6 models with the Luxury Package.
Much of the content of the V6 Luxury Package is standard on the V8 model. The V8 Luxury Package ($4,200) adds Bose 5.1 surround sound, Xenon HID Intellibeam headlamps with washers, and heated and ventilated front seats. The V8 Luxury Performance Package ($8,190) includes all Luxury Package features plus Premium ZF steering gear, performance cooling, Magnetic Ride Control, rear spoiler, Brembo performance brakes, P235/50R18 front tires, P255/45R18 rear tires, and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels.
A new Performance Handling Package ($1,600) is available for the rear-drive V6 and both rear and all-wheel-drive V8s. It bundles StabiliTrak with the high-performance Brembo brakes and chrome-plated wheels fitted with new P255/45R18 Michelin Pilot Sport summer-only tires. On AWD V8s only, StabiliTrak includes active steering.
Standalone options for V6 and V8 models include the Bose 5.1 surround-sound stereo ($2645), premium Tuscany leather seats ($1295), a power glass sunroof ($1200) and the Brembo brakes ($395). A heads-up display (HUD) is now available on all models ($600), as is an engine block heater ($100). Some paint colors also cost extra ($995). Wood trim ($250) is available for the V6.
A new Platinum Edition features special paint, trim, wheels, and upholstery.
STS-V comes with a higher level of standard equipment, including EZ Key with remote start, XM Satellite Radio, rear AV jacks, rear climate system controls, rear obstacle detection, the Lane Departure Warning System, hand-wrapped leather seats with suede inserts, and olive ash burl wood and aluminum interior accents. Special paint and the engine block heater are the only options; the sunroof can be deleted for credit.
Safety features that come standard on all models include dual two-stage frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and front-and-rear side curtain airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard, along with StabiliTrak electronic stability control. Tire-pressure monitors are standard on V8s and available as part of the Luxury package on V6s. OnStar comes standard; its operators send out the rescue squad if your airbag goes off and you don't respond to calls.
Lane Departure Warning is an optional system that uses a camera located between the inside rearview mirror and the windshield to detect lane ma
The Cadillac STS has been given a substantial facelift for 2008. It's the most significant change in appearance since the STS was introduced as an all-new model for 2005.
Its distinctive profile hasn't changed; in fact, most of the outer skin of the STS is carried over. Its crisp lines draw an almost box-like silhouette that somehow still looks aerodynamic. Perhaps it's the gently curved A-pillar and C-pillar that tend a bit more toward art than science. Sharply contoured lower rocker panels tracking rearward from the front fascia's bottom edge pull the body down, adding a stylistic ground-effects look. It's all very consistent with Cadillac's Art and Science design motif.
Up front, however, the 2008 STS has abandoned any semblance of modern, European-style subtlety in favor of a boldly traditional eggcrate grin. Cadillac says the new dual-textured, multi-faceted grille was inspired by the Sixteen concept car, but to us it looks like a re-run from 1969, an impression compounded by Cadillac's now-trademark vertically stacked headlamps. You can like it or leave it, but Cadillac is clearly embracing it, because you'll find it on the 2008 Escalade and CTS, too.
In a similar vein, chromed air extractor vents now mark the previously clean flanks. More subtle chrome accents have been added to the door handles and rocker flares. New 18×8-inch, 14-spoke polished aluminum wheels are available.
The backside is vaguely reminiscent of the old Eldorado coupe, with vertical taillights bracketing a tall, squared-off boot. Recessed in the boot's rear vertical is a trapezoidal inset, long enough for European-spec license plates, housing large backup lights at the left and right extremes. The last things you see as an STS flashes by are new three-inch polished aluminum exhaust tips, exiting below and at each end of the rear bumper.
You can be forgiven for mistaking the STS for the smaller, and similarly redesigned CTS. The two 2008 models are almost indistinguishable to the casual observer, even when parked side by side. Both cars present only minimally different iterations of the same sharp angles and flat planes. Both now wear the same vintage dollar grin grille. The STS and CTS share platforms, but the wheelbase of the STS is three and a half inches longer than that of the CTS, and its body is nearly five inches longer overall.
The Platinum Edition features 18-inch chrome-finish wheels, an even brighter chrome-finish grille; bright chrome inserts on the exterior door handles, and special Glacier Gold paint.
The super-performance STS-V avoids the retro look up front with polished stainless wire-mesh grilles above and below the front bumper, and a not particularly subtle power bulge in its engine hood. Its deeper front air dam incorporates brake scoops below the fog lights. STS-V gets the new fender vents, but they seem more in line with the performance model's extroverted character. Its 10-spoke wheels are unique; its rear spoiler more obvious. And in case you miss all that, it's distinguished by V-Series badging and Supercharged lettering on the front doors.
The Cadillac STS cabin is warmer in appearance than the exterior, with soft leather surfaces complemented by warm wood accents. Those wood accents cost extra, but we much prefer them over the standard brushed aluminum trim, which looks and feels cold and reflects sunlight to the point of annoyance. Our advice: Get the wood.
The seats in all models are refreshingly supportive, for a Cadillac, without being overly firm. Arm rests and head restraints are a degree or two softer than the cushions and side bolsters, boosting the comfort factor a couple notches. All essential controls are within easy reach, although there could be more clearance between the lower door panels and seat bottom to access the front seat adjusters. For this reason, we were especially grateful for the seat memory feature, which often saved us from having to reach down there. The interior is noticeably roomier than that of the marginally smaller CTS.
Instruments are easily scanned, white-on-black round analog gauges, with a large nested tachometer and speedometer between the smaller fuel and engine temperature gauges. The speedometer changes between English and metric electronically, so there's only one set of numbers around its circumference.
Cruise control and running lights are managed via a stalk on the left side of the steering column, windshield wipers and washers with a stalk on the right. Buttons in the steering wheel spokes provide redundant controls for audio and driver information functions. The steering wheel hub has been re-shaped for 2008; it now looks more substantial, even a bit futuristic, but not all that different from before. The available head-up display projects speed and other key information onto the windshield, so that the driver does not need to look down at the gauges.
The available Bose 5.1 stereo incorporates one of the industry's first OEM-installed surround-sound systems. Fifteen Bose speakers do the job, plus an integrated six-disc CD/DVD changer that plays DVD-A, CD, and MP3 formats. The setup also includes an eight-inch VGA-quality touch screen and advanced navigation, Bluetooth phone capability, and OnStar with advanced voice recognition. A word of caution, however: the top-level stereo system, although delivering superb surround-sound, is multi-tasked with a navigation system that, in combination, demands an extensive study of the owner's manual to operate with any degree of alacrity and confidence.
The 2008 OnStar system features a fully integrated GPS navigation setup called Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Turn-by-Turn allows drivers to talk to a live advisor, who can download complete step-by-step directions to the vehicle through the OnStar system. These audio directions then automatically play through the vehicle's stereo as needed (after the OnStar operator hangs up), triggered by the system's GPS capabilities. This enables drivers to be led to their destination while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Storage cubbies include map pockets in all four doors. The front center console is deep and wide and pre-wired for cellular and Bluetooth (to wirelessly tie a cell phone into the car's audio system, allowing hand-free operation). The glove box, though, is barely sufficient to hold the navigation DVD case and owner's manual. Two cup holders are provided front and rear. The trunk is fully lined, with articulated, gas-pressurized struts.
Fit and finish are top grade, with notably tight trim tolerances. Careful attention was paid to reducing noise, vibration and harshness, with remarkable and commendable success. Specially laminated windshield and front door glass, wind tunnel-tuned outside mirrors and high-density/low-mass sound-deadening padding make this a quiet car even by Cadillac standards.
The Platinum Edition features hand-cut and hand-sewn leather on the instrument panel, door trim and center console areas. The steering wheel is heated. The seats are
Out on the road, the Cadillac STS delivers everything promised by its slick looks and advanced specifications.
New for 2008, the V6 delivers 302 horsepower at 6300 rpm (47 more horsepower than 2007) and 272 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm (an upgrade of 20 pound-feet over the 2007 V6). At the same time, GM expects the new V6 to deliver improved fuel efficiency, while its direct injection technology enables a 25 percent reduction in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. (With direct injection, fuel is sprayed directly into the cylinder, where it mixes with air, rather than in the intake port. As the fuel vaporizes in the cylinder, the air and fuel mixture is cooled. This enables the use of a higher, 11.3:1 compression ratio for better thermodynamic efficiency. The 3.6-liter V6 also features the U.S. industry's first isolated fuel-injector system, which helps reduce engine noise.)
The six-speed automatic (Hydra-Matic 6L50) that comes on all models features a generous 13.88:1 maximum overall ratio for rapid launching off the line (13.11 with AWD), while also providing two tall overdrive ratios that decrease engine rpm and reduce noise levels while cruising at highway speeds.
The V8 generates 320 horsepower at 6400 rpm, and 315 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. Both the 3.6-liter V6 and 4.6-liter V8 use electronic throttle control, commonly called drive-by-wire, to match the engine's performance to a variety of driver demands, from sedate highway cruising to rambunctious back-road motoring.
The STS-V's 4.4-liter supercharged V8 pumps out 469 horsepower, making it the most powerful engine in Cadillac history. It makes 439 pound-feet of torque, with 90 percent of it available in a wide sweep from 2200 to 6000 rpm. This enormous thrust is delivered smoothly through the six-speed automatic transmission. However, the heavy-duty upgrades found in virtually every dynamic element of V-model car, including harder-riding lower-profile tires, make the STS-V only suitable for those willing to sacrifice some comfort in return for jetting from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. There's also the STS-V's $1700 gas guzzler tax to consider.
For most people, then, the sporty setup will be the STS V8 with the optional performance handling package. Nudge the shift lever over to the right, into the manu-matic gate, and the selected gear will hold all the way up to redline. Alternating between the accelerator and brake pedal allows frolicking at extremes heretofore beyond the reach of sedans wearing the wreath and crest. Cadillac's suspension engineers have demonstrated they understand the difference between stiff and firm. Thankfully, all the sound filtering and deadening doesn't keep the V8's throaty exhaust note out of the cabin.
The all-wheel-drive system is a hard package to top, however, complemented by Magnetic Ride Control and the latest generation StabiliTrak, though this adds some weight. Still, body lean in even the tightest switchbacks is almost non-existent, and mild whoop-de-doos barely give occupants' stomach a flip. Biasing 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels gives the all-wheel-drive STS the sporty dynamics of rear-wheel drive while sending enough power to the front wheels to pull the car through and out of corners with sureness and confidence.
Either way, the electronic steering is a delight, its only shortcoming a slight softness on center. The STS tracks well through corners; and turn-in is crisp, especially with the 18-inch, low-profile tires.
Active steering, available exclusively on V8 models with AWD, is integrated into the StabiliTrak stability control electronics. In addition to controlling brakes and reducing engine power, StabiliTrak with active steering can turn the front wheels to reduce skidding when rear wheels lose traction. The system includes a new steering motor assembly combined with computer-driven electronic controls that measure wheel slippage at all
The Cadillac STS offers a smooth and powerful driving experience with warm and luxurious accommodations. The supercharged STS-V delivers serious performance but sacrifices some comfort and drivability. People who enjoy getting where they're going as much if not more than being there, but who pine for luxury touches and good old American V8 power, need no longer compromise. Come on home.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Tom Lankard reported on the STS, with Greg Brown reporting on the STS-V, and John F. Katz reporting on the styling revisions.
|Model Line Overview|
|Model lineup:||Cadillac STS V6 ($42,390); Cadillac STS V8 ($51,810); Cadillac STS-V ($76,555)|
|Engines:||302-hp 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 w VVT; 320-hp 4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 w VVT; 469-hp 4.4-liter DOHC 32-valve supercharged V8 w VVT|
|Safety equipment (standard):||dual two-stage frontal airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags; front and rear-seat side curtain airbags; antilock brakes; traction control; StabiliTrak electronic stability control; rear park assist; rear seat child safety seat anchors|
|Safety equipment (optional):||tire pressure monitoring system; active steering|
|Basic warranty:||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Assembled in:||Lansing, Michigan|
|Specifications As Tested|
|Model tested (MSPR):||Cadillac STS V8 ($51,810)|
|Standard equipment:||leather upholstery, dual-zone, automatic climate control; automatic headlamps; AM/FM stereo with 6CD/DVD changer; XM Satellite Radio (3-month trial service included); OnStar safety warning and communication system (one year service included); remote keyless unlock and start; rain-sensing windshield wipers; programmable remote garage opener system; power windows; 8-way front seats; heated outside mirrors; power tilt and telescope wood-and-leather steering wheel; memory for driver's seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel; leather-trimmed front and rear floor mats; tire-pressure monitor|
|Options as tested (MSPR):||all-wheel drive ($1550); Luxury Performance Package ($8190) includes Bose 5.1 surround sound with navigation, Xenon HID headlamps with washers, Intellibeam automatic high/low beam control with flash to pass feature, heated and ventilated front seats, premium ZF steering gear, performance cooling package, Magnetic Ride control, rear spoiler, limited slip rear differential, P235/50R18 front tires, P255/45R18 rear tires, Brembo performance brakes and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels; Tuscany premium leather-trimmed seats ($1295); adaptive cruise control with head-up instrument display ($1695); power glass sunroof ($1200)|
|Gas guzzler tax:||N/A|
|Price as tested (MSPR):||$66485|
|Engine:||4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8|
|Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):||320 @ 6400|
|Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):||315 @ 4400|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||N/A|
|Track, f/r:||61.8/62.3 in.|
|Turning circle:||38.8 ft.|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||38.7/54.6/42.6 in.|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:||N/A|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||37.9/55.6/38.3 in.|
|Cargo volume:||13.8 cu. ft.|
|Towing capacity:||1000 Lbs.|
|Suspension, f:||independent, short-and-long control arms, coil springs over shocks, stabilizer bar|
|Suspension, r:||independent, modified multi-link, coil springs, magnetic ride control, pneumatic load-leveling, stabilizer bar|
|Ground clearance:||5.5 in.|
|Curb weigth:||4230 lbs.|
|Tires:||P235/50WR18 front; P255/45WR18 rear|
|Brakes, f/r:||vented disc/vented disc with ABS|
|Fuel capacity:||17.5 gal.|
|Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of October 1, 2007.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-333-4223 - www.cadillac.com|
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2008 Cadillac STS Newcomers
Who needs a V-8? Not Cadillac's new STSCadillac STS Full Overview
Cadillacs need V-8s, at least. We know that. Except that GM's most potent V-6 ever, a new direct-injection 3.6-liter, has come along. With its 11.3:1 compression ratio, it has 47 more horses than the 3.6 on which it's based. The 2008 STS V-6 is just 18 horses shy of and 22 pounds trimmer than the STS V-8. Keep the hood shut. No one will know.
Direct injection also gives slightly better fuel mileage and cleans start-up emissions by 25 percent. It's clear the new DOHC V-8 GM is developing for the 2010 STS will have direct injection, possibly making eight cylinders relevant in this car again.
Most direct-injection gas engines start up with a gravelly diesel voice. Not this Cadillac, with fuel-system sound shields and covers to prevent metal-on-metal clatter. The engine remains quiet until you put your foot into it, unleashing a V-6 rumble satisfying enough to make you roll down the windows. The Cadillac is further wrapped in a facelifted STS with a Sixteen concept-inspired nose and has a tastier interior that hides some of the 2007 STS's plasticky parts with supple leather and vinyl and elegant woods and metals.
StabiliTrak 3 will be available for about $1000, with a new active front-steering system, offered at launch only with all-wheel drive. This hyper-power steering feels more natural than BMW's, with none of the linearity problems. An effective blind-spot alert and lane-departure control also will be packaged as a $1000 option.
Cadillac let out only the rear-drive 2008 STS on public roads for initial impressions. Yes, the D.I. V-6 felt like a V-8, although its six-speed automatic hiccupped a few times, either a preproduction issue or lack of break-in miles. The interior still suffers hard black plastic, particularly at the top of the doors, but it's Cadillac's nicest non-v interior until the 2008 CTS arrives. That car gets the same D.I. V-6 with slightly different power and torque numbers due to different intake and exhaust tuning. The kicker is that, with its all-new interior and sheetmetal, the 2008 CTS could render the STS V-6 as superfluous as an STS V-8.
|2008 Cadillac STS|
|Base price||$42,000 (est.)|
|Vehicle layout||front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan,|
|Engines||3.6L/302-hp/272 lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-6|
|Curb Weight||3973 - 4125 lb (mfg)|
|Length x width x height||196.3 x 72.6 x 57.6 in|
|0-60 mph||6.5 sec (mfr est)|
|EPA city/hwy fuel econ||N/A|
|On sale in U.S.||July|
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Automakers roll out “mid-cycle enhancements” to give aging models new sales life a few years before the model is completely replaced. These makeovers typically include sheetmetal changes, a wheel and tire upgrade and maybe an interior spruce-up.
Cadillac has made all those modifications and more to the 2008 STS, including adding chrome trim pieces inside and out to catch your eye. Then, to make sure people pay attention, it upped horsepower on the base engine by 47 ponies. The 3.6-liter aluminum V6, now with direct injection, makes 302 hp at 6300 rpm and 272 lb-ft of torque at 5200 revs. (A similar engine will power the upcoming redesigned CTS.) The engine connects to a six-speed transmission, giving one more ratio than before.
When the STS debuted in 2004 as an ’05, Cadillac marketers expected the majority of buyers to opt for the Northstar-V8-equipped car that pumps out 320 hp and 315 lb-ft from its 4.6-liter V8. They were wrong. About 80 percent of STS buyers opted for the V6 instead, and now, with the horsepower climbing closer to that of the V8, buyers have an even greater incentive to get the base engine.
After first driving the V6-powered car at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds, we were able to get real-world seat time over a weekend and found the new V6 to be terrific. Even loaded down with five passengers plus a trunk full of softball gear, it never made us want more horsepower. The six-speed shifts smoothly, and the long sixth gear quiets the engine for freeway cruising. Hit the throttle, and there is a nice rumble from the exhaust, matching the muscular exterior appearance enhanced by the optional Brembo brakes peeking through chrome wheels.
The biggest exterior change is the in-your-face chrome grille taken from the Cadillac Sixteen concept that gives the STS its own identity, for now, in the Caddy lineup. Other changes include a new fascia and lower intake, a fender air extractor, rocker moldings, chrome door handles and 18-inch wheels, all contributing to a more assertive presence.
Inside, the steering wheel now has wood trim and integrated controls for the radio, and the center stack has chrome accents like those on Cadillac’s V-series models.
Our test car also was fitted with some of the General’s new electronic gizmos, rolled out here for the first time, including lane-departure warning, side blind-zone alert and a four-color, reconfigurable head-up display.
The lane-departure system has a camera behind the rearview mirror that looks for lane markers on the road. Once it detects them, a green symbol lights up in the dash. If you cross a lane marker without using a turn signal, an audible warning is heard. The system can be switched off via the touch screen in the center stack. We can see it as a safety feature on two-lane roads, especially if you’re tired. But in most situations, it’s annoying.
The side blind-zone alert puts a visual display in the outside rearview mirror when sensors detect a vehicle in the blind spot. If you switch on your turn signal, the display flashes to get your attention.
The head-up display is available in V6 models for the first time. The color display is bright and easy to see in daylight, and having the navigation system info pop up in the display is useful.
At the launch of the STS three years ago, we were amazed at how much we liked the V6 model (“The Beat Goes On,” AW, July 12, 2004). With the more potent direct-injection powerplant now available and gasoline prices hovering at all-time highs, the only reason to opt for the Northstar V8 is to get all-wheel drive, which is not available with the V6. As we rolled up several hundred miles on our test car, we managed 24 mpg in a variety of city and highway driving. Making it even better, the new V6 burns regular unleaded, unlike many competitors that demand more costly premium fuel.
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With its revamped V-6 engine now making 302 horsepower, Cadillac seems to be making the case that the optional V-8 is no longer necessary.
This latest V-6 is indeed a gem. Significant among its attributes is direct fuel injection, which squirts the fuel into the combustion chamber rather than the intake track. That's not new technology, but direct injection is gaining in popularity because when the fuel is introduced into the cylinder, there's a cooling effect that increases charge density and reduces the tendency for harmful detonation. This allows designers to raise the compression ratio for better efficiency and more power.
The compression ratio for this GM V-6, which is only in the 2008 STS for now, is 11.3:1 (compared with 10.2:1 in last year's V-6). With variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing, power surges to 302 horsepower from 254 and the torque is 272 pound-feet, up from 252. Huge gains, considering the V-6's displacement remains at 3.6 liters.
It'll take a finely calibrated backside to feel the difference between the new STS V-6 and the optional 320-hp V-8 model, which last year came bundled with several features and as a result cost about $9500 more. The two now share the same six-speed automatic transmission, and the acceleration times are within a few ticks of each other. The V-6 scoots to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, behind the V-8 by only 0.2 second.
With this punchier V-6, Cadillac has seen fit to offer the performance handling package that used to be available only with the V-8. It includes a stiffer suspension, Brembo brakes, special wheels with summer tires, and retuned steering gear. The handling package should cost about $1600. Unless you want the four-wheel-drive STS, which doesn't offer the handling package, don't skip this option-equipped with it, the STS absorbs potholes and frost heaves with the right level of firmness, and if the stability-control system is shut off, the car will drift its tail on request.
Cadillac has made detail improvements that include a shifter which no longer feels as though it belonged in a Cavalier. Pricing was not set at press time, but figure $43,500 for a base V-6, and think hard about spending extra for the V-8.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ESTIMATED PRICE AS TESTED: $56,000 (estimated base price: $43,500)
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 217 cu in, 3564cc
Power (SAE net): 302 bhp @ 6300 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 272 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting
Wheelbase: 116.4 in Length: 196.3 in
Width: 72.6 in Height: 57.6 in
Curb weight: 4100 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 6.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 15.7 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 31.1 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 6.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.7 sec @ 97 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 141 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 159 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.86 g
2008 EPA city driving (C/D est): 16 mpg
C/D-observed: 16 mpg
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