This Manual Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Is the Enthusiast’s Dream

Mack Hogan
·2 min read
Photo credit: Bring a Trailer
Photo credit: Bring a Trailer

From Road & Track

If you were to bundle every automotive enthusiast trope into one car, it'd be a naturally aspirated, V-8, manual wagon with a limited-slip differential. In other words, it'd be a manual Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, like this one for sale right now.

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The allure of the fast wagon is hard to argue against. It is the ultimate all-in-one vehicle, big enough for a family but without the center-of-gravity penalty of a crossover. Sports sedan power and agility, but with a cavernous cargo area. V-8 horsepower with cushy leather seats. Road trips or track days, the CTS-V Wagon had it handled.

In the real world, though, a lab-grown science experiment to satisfy the vocal-yet-tiny super enthusiast crowd wasn't much of a hit. The CTS-V Wagon is a rare spot; though GM hasn't disclosed specific production numbers, they were a fraction of CTS sales. Among those, fewer still came with the optional six-speed manual.

That's how you know that this manual CTS-V Wagon is going to go for big money on Bring a Trailer. It's only got 56,000 miles, comes with service records, and is in an attractive, crowd-pleasing color. It may not be quite as modern or tech-forward as a modern Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon, but nobody else will sell you a station wagon with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 and a row-your-own gearbox.

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