GM was good enough to give us an advance preview of the CTS-V Sport Wagon before its big debut at the New York International Auto Show. The venue was chic, the drinks were flowing and there was nearly 1,700 horsepower worth of Cadillac V-series models parked where the art used to be. Just like coupe and sedan variants, CTS-V Sport Wagon utilizes a supercharged 6.2L V8, Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo Brakes and tasteful aesthetic tweaks like 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, dual exhaust, menacing black mesh grille and lower fascia and a big ol’ buldge in the hood thanks to the Eaton supercharger bolted onto the engine. A quick walk around will tell you that this tasteful, 556 hp road rocket is neither your grandpa’s Cadillac or your parent’s station wagon. Weigh in below on which V-Series model you like best.
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Our good pal Darren from TeamSpeed spotted this Hardly Green 4-door Aston Martin Rapide cruising East 61st Street one sunny afternoon last weekend. Yes, you read that correctly…a 4-door Aston Martin. I know what you’re thinking…since when does Aston Martin concern themselves with backseat passengers? It’s akin to a watering hole offering day care for patrons or a strip club with 401K plans for their employees. But, truth be told, Aston has actually built their fair share of sporting saloons over the years. The one you see here is actually a pre-production model, or prototype to sound more exciting, likely being used for VIP test drives and high end dealer salon shows. How do we know? Because the Rapide isn’t out yet. This probably explains the pissed off expression seen on the passenger’s face. But hey, you can’t drive around in something this sexy and not expect to be photographed. Look for the 470 HP Rapide to hit dealerships next month for about $200K.
Awesome find Darren!
“Something very fast…something that can shovel a bit”, said Larry the wheel man to his fellow mercenary Vincent. The pair was discussing transportation needs for the upcoming attack on a heavily-armed convoy safeguarding a mysterious suitcase chained to an unlucky bloke’s wrist. What ensued from there was some of the best chase footage ever captured and an immediate appointment to the movie car chase scene hall of fame. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, be sure to put the 1998 film Ronin on your Netflix cue. Spotted here on East 30th, this handsome S8 looks ready to do some shoveling of its own.
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From slaughterhouse heaven (1900) to hookers and narcotics (1980s) to upscale nightlife and shopping (now), the area also know as the Gansevoort Market knows how to change faces. Enter Cadillac, who has followed more than a few paradigm shifts since losing consideration as the ultimate status symbol in our country.
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