But by the time we got around to trying some laps with the system switched off, we were plagued by an engine stumble exiting Nelson's carousel turn, a very long right-hander with a decreasing radius preceding the exit. Steering is speed-sensing hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion. The S4's styling distinctions include brightwork on the side mirrors and peculiar ground-effects strakes along the lower body-side panels. To plant all that power on the road, the car will be shod with low-profile, 18-inch tires, an all-new breed of Goodyear Eagle Run Flats carrying a supercar rating. There are two new driver information centers where, with the touch of a button, you can learn such things as how many Gs you achieved during the last hard corner.
Archived from on February 21, 2009. The roof can buckle at the rear edges of the sunroof if you drag strip the vehicle-suggest a trunk brace if that is your intent or find one without a sunroof. In fact it has a Corvette drivetrain Zo6 engine and the massive Brembo brakes can literally stop on a dime. Archived from on September 12, 2008. The S4 makes an excellent case in point on this score.
So why is this improved C-rod third of three? As with any car, there are small irritations. A second engine, a new 3. These numbers were duplicated by Road and Track magazine 0-60 mph in 3. The record breaking vehicle was sold in 2009 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. Larger anti-roll bars and larger shocks were also added.
A dual mass flywheel helps eliminate gear rattle, especially in idle. It was also slowest in our lane-change test and posted the longest stopping distance from 70 mph—177 feet, 10 feet longer than the Cadillac, 12 more than the Benz. On-demand all-wheel drive was offered with both engines when equipped with an automatic transmission. The Car Design Yearbook 1. On the other hand, the manumatic function of this particular automatic was better than others we've encountered from the same source—more responsive to driver commands and less inclined to upshift on its own initiative. Nevertheless, fuel stumble and all, the Cadillac's first traction-off lap—1:20. Production on the model will be ended on June 1, 2019.
Options include polished wheels, , navigation system and, for the first time, Cadillac offers 14-way adjustable performance seats. Even more welcome, the programming for the stability-control system isn't as intrusive as it was in our first test, and we also know the secret of shutting it off completely: Hold down the control switch for five seconds. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557217746572 ; listingsSearchManager. In November 2009, the production version was unveiled in a press release. There's the style issue, and sophistication. The dashboard's discordant festival of textures, angles, and contours was a turnoff to some, and for all its size, the Caddy's rear seats didn't offer any roominess edge.
The sedan has four-wheel disc brakes similar to the first generation. Quarter mile running as fast as 11. More grunt, allied with a slight reduction in mass—at 3588 pounds, the C55 was 63 pounds lighter than last year's C32, and by far the lightest car in this test group—inevitably gets the pilot from zero to ohmigawd in less time. The 14 inch diameter Brembo brakes can slow the vehicle from 60 mph in 110 feet. All those mine-is-bigger-than-yours power lunches.
On the other hand, its pricing is right in step with die Deutschen, and so is its straight-line performance, despite a substantial edge in engine output. Still, we saw the Audi's value quotient about the same as the Caddy's, and the S4 drew winning marks in major scoring areas such as driver comfort, ride quality, and steering feel—categories that say a lot about what a car will be like to live with day in, day out, all roads, all traffic situations. Let's face it: Getting to the top in any field of endeavor entails stress. Quick though it is, the C55 wound up with a number of debits on its dynamic score sheet. We were particularly surprised at the limited headroom back there, since the Caddy's roofline, at apogee, is 1. It's a fast circuit that demands precision and a keen sense of how much speed is enough, as distinct from too much. Thanks to its relative heft, at 4.
How many does Caddy intend to produce? The agenda was a little more demanding for our sequel event, beginning with a day of racetrack lapping at Nelson Ledges Road Course near Warren, Ohio. New rocker panels enhance the performance look, as do the stylish sill plates that pop into view when you open the doors. Detroit, Michigan: General Motors Company. Unique front and rear treatments also included mesh grilles over the front openings, a track-ready suspension, and 18×8. Wheelbase remained unchanged at 113. However, another anomaly prevented us from comparing on-and-off performance at the track. For the 2005 model year, the Getrag was replaced with an six-speed.
To handle the added torque, Caddy engineers switched to a larger prop shaft and added supports to the rear suspension. Virtually every automaker seems to be rolling out a car with big numbers. It's clear that even young guys unmistakably anointed for the corporate fast track sometimes need to distance themselves from the daily in-fighting that goes with getting ahead and staying there. Each element of our test program—track, back roads, freeways—seemed to bring a new favorite to the fore, and we can tell you that adrenaline was abundant, the voting was close, and the decision was not unanimous. Interior changes are modest, centering around the all new, white-on-black gauge cluster. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. Also replace expensive run flat tires-plenty of room in the trunk for a spare! Clutch effort became tedious in stop-and-go traffic.