The former Tonight Show host pays tribute to the supercharged V8, 6-speed manual transmission in an era when most automakers have switched to automation.
YouTube channel Jay Leno Garage just posted a new episode of the eponymous show where Leno explains why he describes the Cadillac CTS-V as a collectible futuristic performance. Here’s the scoop.
Leno still loves his 2012 Cadillac CTS-V
First, Leno tells us why he bought the car. It’s because this car features a six-speed manual, and Jay is very pleased that Cadillac is offering a manual gearbox in these times when many performance cars aren’t there anymore. Lino owned this car for a decade now, and despite years past, his love for this “four-seat Corvette” remains strong.
This is the car that General Motors built to battle the BMW M5, and it came with plenty of power and all the luxuries you could dream of. It’s powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that produces 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. You can also get a six-speed automatic transmission at no extra cost, but Leno chose to arrange its own gearing.
As Leno puts it, “Amazingly, Cadillac had the courage to go ahead and do it. Because Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, all those, even Lamborghini have pretty much abandoned the manual transmission. But Cadillac decided to change its image and they did.”
The coolest thing besides the manual transmission is that despite the car’s large dimensions, the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V had a front-to-rear weight distribution of 51 to 49. This gave it the advantage of handling even at high speeds.
Leno compares the Cadillac CTS-V to the Mercedes AMG
The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe was an all-new model for 2011 and helped change the image of Cadillac. As Leno remembers as a child, the Cadillac was already an old man’s car.
“They made themselves skinny, fast, and a well-controlled sports car,” which is why Leno has one of those in his garage. Leno also noted the comfortable interior despite the Recaro seats. While he admits that the automatic transmission may be faster, he still likes to shift stick.
Lino is sure this is one of the coolest rides ever and while it’s cheaper, it’s almost as good as his 2002 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG. We’ll leave that open for debate.
Source: Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel