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Cadillac Performer Gets Wagon Treatment With Huge Customization Potential

  The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that puts out 556 horsepower.

Recently introduced at the 2010 New York Auto Show and ready to launch later this year, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon offers performance enthusiasts yet another opportunity to accessorize. It features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that puts out 556 horsepower and is the latest addition to the manufacturer's V-Series.

Featuring a unique rear fascia and upper spoiler, Cadillac dubs the CTS-V Sport Wagon a “show car.” It joins the sedan and the coupe, which launch this summer. All versions now have V editions. According to Automotive News, Cadillac is trying to position its performance line in the same manner as BMW's M models.

The CTS-V Sport Wagon offers six-speed automatic and manual transmissions and cranks out 551 lb-ft of torque from its 376-cubic-inch engine with a cast aluminum block and roto-cast cylinder heads. It can reach 0-to-60-mph in less than four seconds and weighs only 200 pounds more than the sedan. The V6 wagons and sedans share about 85% common parts, according to the manufacturer.

The chassis features magnetic ride control with tour and sport settings, Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 tires. The rear-wheel-drive wagon will have power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and a limited-slip differential. The car is expected to get 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.

As for accessorization, the V Sport Wagon can be equipped with an aero kit while the standard model typically gets performance exhaust, wheel and suspension treatments, according to Bill Wolf, senior director, OEM relations for SEMA. The difference between the two models is the V wagon gets a high-performance engine and sport suspension.

“The deciding factor for developing aftermarket parts is production numbers, which Cadillac hasn't yet announced,” Wolf said. “The V Sport Wagon has a hot-rod appeal and it reminds me of the Dodge Magnum in terms of styling. It's low slung with narrow windows, which helps lend itself to customization.”

The performance wagon will start at about $61,000.