15k: The Other V: 2006 Cadillac STS-V

Every gearhead obsessed with fast late model cars is familiar with Cadillac’s 1st generation CTS-V; it is probably one of the best sub $20k sedans if you just want to go fast.  The CTS-V is certainly sweet, but if you want a fast Cadillac with a nicer interior and an automatic transmission, it would behoove you to checkout Cadillac’s STS-V because prices are great and performance is blistering.  Find this 2006 Cadillac STS V for sale in Pompano Beach, FL currently bidding for $9,100 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go.

The STS was the big brother to the CTS and offered higher levels of luxury for about 1 new Kia more in MSRP.  The V version was also more expensive and used a Cadillac sourced Northstar V8 instead of the Corvette-sourced LS series V8 that powered the CTS-V.

First off, the plastic entombment of engines needs to stop. Seriously, this think looks like Joan Rivers’ face and it needs to stop.  Buyers of high performance machines like this want to see the engine, wiring harnesses, coolant lines and this plastic shroud only hides the inability of GM management to see that engines are awesome and people want to see them.  You think Ferrari hides its engines in a plastic burka?  Nope, they put them naked under a glass window for the world to see because cast aluminum is sexy and plastic is for recycling.

Oh yeah, the 4.4 liter Northstar LC3 V8 makes 469 horsepower and 439 ft-lbs of torque with the aid of a Roots type supercharger and water-air intercooling.  Badass…and I want to see it!

The STS interior is a considerable step up from the cheap plastics used in the CTS and features thick leather seats, a Corvette style tach/speedo setup and a big navigation screen.  The STS was only available with a 6-speed slushbox auto, so this drives like an AMG, not an ///M.

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