The bid for this 29,000-mile, 556-horsepower wagon surpassed its last BaT auction in 2019 by nearly $10,000.
This luxurious blue 2012 Cadillac CTS-V, currently up for auction on bring a trailer, has less than 30,000 miles and its three pedals are proof that it was chosen as God’s will.
The Cadillac CTS-V rear-wheel drive only uses a 556 hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine and is powered with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
According to this document, the bid for this 29,000-mile-long example reached $75,000 with the auction ending on Saturday, April 16. The trailer’s highest winning bid for a CTS-V happened last year, when a 2011 CTS-V wagon with just 7400 miles sold for $96,500.
We often use the phrase “They don’t build ‘them like they used to.”” In some ways, we should all be grateful that they don’t. Today, cars are generally safer, faster and more fuel efficient than ever before. Of course, those modern benefits come with the sacrifice of some of our favorite cars. But a car like this 2012 Cadillac CTS-V is something automakers have never built before and is unlikely to rebuild.
The CTS-V, which is sold in every body style with a solid roof like an SUV or pickup, legitimize Cadillac’s operational efforts. The first generation (2004–07) is only available with a manual transmission and sits between competitors such as the Audi S4 and Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG. The car won’t appear until the second generation of the CTS-V in 2010, and its existence was then as significant as a 556 hp supercharged V-8 with three pedals and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires that will be born today.
It’s an obvious BaT option of the day for us because whenever a CTS-V wagon is mentioned, it’s personal. The C/D was there for the introduction and the first 40,000 miles of our long-term 2011 CTS-V wagon, so this unusually amazing car holds a special place in our hearts. It has won three consecutive 10Best awards in the four years it has existed. Have you heard one of these bad guys roaring with your own eyes? It’s the border that attracts car enthusiasts.
This example is a particularly good example, not only because it lacks mileage, but because the blue paint color and ebony interior are more in line with the sporty instincts of the car than the pearly white paint color with creamy guts. It’s also a great example of collecting. In September 2019, this CTS-V wagon went on sale on BaT for $68,000. According to this document, the current bid has exceeded nearly $10,000 with five days of bidding remaining.
When new, the CTS-V wagon starts at $64,290, or $83,600 when calculating inflation. The six-speed manual transmission, magnet damper, Brembo brakes and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires are all standard equipment.
During our test, the thunderous station wagon sped up to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds with a time of 12.3 seconds a quarter of a mile at 118 mph. That’s not too far from today’s most powerful pickup truck, the 603 hp twin-turbocharged Mercedes-AMG E63 that we tested reached speeds of 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and a quarter of a mile in 11.1 seconds at 122 mph.
An uneven comparison, based on 47 horsepower, a $59,000 price difference, and an 11-year difference, but they share some of the biggest symptoms of a car that won’t sell in the U.S.: extremely fun to drive, the sharp wagon shape, and the inside bruises of the pocket book from an impossible thirst. overcome.
The addition of a manual gearbox to Cadillac makes it more opaque, but in a good way.
The lines between what car enthusiasts love and what the car-buying public in general are actually buying may forever exist in parallel, but the CTS-V wagon is a hallmark of passion. It will be interesting to see if this particular example beats the CTS-V on BaT which brought in $96,500 last year.