2005 CADILLAC STS: This all-new luxury performance sedan is designed to compete head-on with world-renowned prestige sedans in markets around the globe. It offers doors-into-roof construction and a superplastic-formed aluminum deck lid.
Dual-firmness Tuscany all-leather seats, available as heated and ventilated, are specially tanned for a softer feel. Spray-skinned urethane/natural grained surfaces are used on the door and instrument panel plus the headliner and interior pillars.
The car comes with a 255-horsepower, 3.6-liter, V-6 in a rear-drive configuration, or the 320-horsepower Northstar 4.6-liter V-8 in both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Both engines incorporate variable valve timing (VVT) and are mated to 5-speed automatic transmissions with Driver Shift Control.
Road impacts and other harsh inputs are absorbed and dissipated through ride-tuned tires, dampers, suspension components and bushings, as well as improved structure in body to chassis interfaces and additional refinements in the engine mounts.
Integrated chassis control technologies include a two-mode Magnetic Ride Control offering performance or touring selections, four-channel StabiliTrak, and an available high-precision steering gear.
Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $40,000.
_ FRANK R. HOTCHKISS