Twin-Turbo V6 Brings 410 HP to 2014 Cadillac XTS
Large Luxury Sedan Also Welcomes Automatic Park Assist
The 2014 Cadillac XTS will soon start the car’s sophomore selling season, and—depending on how you classify the XTS—it either has a lot of work to do or a lot to live up to. On the one hand, Cadillac explicitly targets the XTS against mid-size luxury sedans like the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but on the other, it’s actually the same length as those brands’ full-size contenders, the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And sales-wise, while the Cadillac XTS delivered more units (2,891) in April than the bigger German trio combined, it also underperformed the 5-Series alone by more than 2,100 sales last month.
But either way, those numbers should get a big boost when the 2014 Cadillac XTS reaches dealerships, since it will be offering a new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers 410 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The potent powerplant also features an all-new direct-injection fuel system and XTS-exclusive components, including machined, domed aluminum pistons and all-new cylinder-block casting; standard motivation for the 2014 Cadillac XTS will remain the current model’s naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, itself capable of a robust 304 hp and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. Both choices are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with Cadillac’s tap-shift control for manual-style gear changes.
And for comparison’s sake, here’s how the 2014 Cadillac XTS with its new engine stacks up against the most powerful of its intended rivals:
- Cadillac XTS—410 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque
- Mercedes-Benz E550—402 hp and 443 lb.-ft. of torque
- BMW 550i—400 hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque
- Audi A6—310 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque
But the Wreath & Crest team didn’t limit enhancements to the 2014 Cadillac XTS to its powertrain.