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First Drive: 2008 Cadillac STS (Car & Driver)

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Cadillac’s mid-cycle refresh of the STS doesn’t include a 16-cylinder engine, but it gets a much-improved V-6, anyway.




When we first reported on Cadillac’s refreshed 2008 STS from the New York auto show, we quoted the new base engine—a 3.6-liter DOHC direct-injection V-6—at 298 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. Since then, four more of each have been found, bringing the totals to 302 and 272, respectively.


That’s just 18 fewer ponies than the optional 4.6-liter Northstar V-8, while the V-6 model will likely cost some $9000 less. Nine grand for 18 horsepower!? That rivals some of the deals you’ll find on Shelby Mustangs.


More power, more refinement, more mpg, more gears.


We are strong advocates of increasing power in all engines, but this is not an issue we take lightly. Engines can not be merely stronger; we also prefer them smooth and considerate. In this, the STS delights, being noticeably more powerful—up 47 hp and 20 lb-ft on the powerplant it replaces—as well as higher-revving (7000 rpm vs. 6700), better-sounding, and marginally more fuel efficient. All that on regular fuel, too.


Attached to that new engine is the six-speed automatic from the STS V-8. Combined with the more powerful 3.6, the duo is good for 0-to-60-mph sprints in a claimed 6.5 seconds, a projection we consider fully doable after our first contact with the car.


Like we mentioned in our New York coverage, the 2008 STS receives a new grille inspired by the Sixteen concept. Elsewhere, the exterior gets all jeweled up with chrome door handles and trunklid trim plus fender “air extractors” that don’t function since air can’t pass through solid plastic. They look nice, anyways.


For more, go to http://www.caranddriver.com/previews/12969...ac-sts-v-6.html












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very nice car, makes me wish i could afford something that nice

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