An early look at what lies ahead in the practical performance arena, this production-ready one-off of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon made its debut in New York. Although mechanically ready to roll, Cadillac admits that several of the show car's cosmetic and trim elements are still being evaluated for their consumer acceptance and have not yet received a final sign off to be part of the volume-build wagon. That said, a lot of what you see here will be part of the package that starts rolling down the assembly line late this year as the enthusiast-grade adjunct to the existing CTS Sport Wagon.
Like its V-spec Sedan kin, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Concept boasts bolder body bits, unique hood and fascia treatments as well as its own upper rear spoiler and high-mount stoplamp. Finished in Midnight Silver, a color first seen on the Cadillac Sixteen show car, the Sport Wagon Concept also has a black chrome grille mesh insert and wears 19-inch forged-alloy wheels done in Liquid Silver and wrapped in sticky, staggered-width (255/40 and 285/35) Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber.
That built-for-speed look continues inside, where, the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Concept features Recaro sport buckets with inflatable bolsters clad in premium leather and Alcantara with laser-etched "V-Series" logos. The dash matches leather with midnight Sapele wood trim while the remainder of the cabin features a special microfiber material and Obsidian Black accents. In production form, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon will share its interior appointments with the CTS-V Sedan, and bring features like a DVD-based navigation/infotainment system that includes a Bose 5.1 digital surround sound package, 40-gig hard drive and USB/Bluetooth connectivity. As for utility, capability of the V-Series Sport Wagon's standard 25.4 cu. Ft. rear cargo bay can be expanded to 58.0 cu ft with the rear seat folded.
Under its power-domed hood, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon packs the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found in the CTS-V Sedan. Developing 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque, it's the most potent engine ever used in any Cadillac. Buyers can match it with either a Tremec six-speed manual transmission or a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic that brings steering-wheel mounted shift controls and has a Performance Algorithm Shifting map. Motive force gets shipped to the rear wheels via a limited-slip rear axle while cornering prowess is sharpened by the standard sport-tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension and stopping duties are capably handled by Brembo brakes.
No pricing info was released for the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon, which will go on sale here first before launching in Europe and the Middle East. However, given the 2010 CTS-V Sedan opens at $62,370, something in the $63,000-$65,000 window would seem likely.