For five years GM has offered a 410 hp twin-turbo V6 in the Cadillac XTS V-Sport. Could this be the most powerful FWD-based production car in history? Could it really be a Cadillac?! My gut says, “Maybe.”
I want to remind you that this engine can be tossed into the Impala, perhaps the LaCrosse, as well as plenty of GM crossovers. A 410 hp Buick Regal Sportback/Wagon be the perfect instrument for Buick Regicide. Even though Cadillac forces you to option AWD in order to obtain that brawn, Lincoln will sneak you front wheel drive mad dogs a bone.
Many know about Lincoln’s 3.0t V6 that cranks out 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque in the Continental, MKZ, and I’m sure some upcoming CUVs. But did you know that you can get a 350 hp version of that engine inside a FWD-only MKZ? While the Civic Type-R is making Lamborghinis appear tame, the most factory power you can get to the front wheels is offered in a likely open-diff Lincoln. That vampire hunter fanfiction just became canon.
Feel encouraged to fact check me on this one my bimmer brethren. The new 5-Series is auto-only even at the magic ///M level. I also believe that the 650i Gran Coupe no longer offers a manual. That means that the M6 Gran Coupe will be the last V8 four door you can buy with a manual transmission. I think that’s true globally as well. Funny thing about the M6 GC is that it pretty much answers a majority of what people didn’t like about the last generation CTS-V.
This has been a special edition of Automotive Reminders.