We love it. Absolutely, unabashedly adore it. The LSA is a screamer of an engine, the mill that made the Cadillac CTS-V wicked and saw the Holden VF GTS rage. It’s got plenty of guts without the blower, but once boost comes on…oh, man, it’s good. Very good. But we’ve never driven the Holden, and the Cadillac is missing the charm that belies the name. Look, we’d take a CTS-V in a heartbeat, don’t get us wrong. But it does not feel like a Cadillac should, you know? You hear that name and you picture the pinnacle of long, low and wide. You think of stealthy Eldorados, Coupe de Villes in all of their flash, the stately 75 series. You do not picture a BMW with the wreath and crest on the nose.
But this…this is more like it. The Fleetwood was the outlier of Cadillac’s 1990s offerings (forgetting, naturally, the Catera). There was no Northstar here. Instead, this was a worked-over Caprice, different enough to have it’s own body code designation, swinging the LT-1 as everything else did back in the day. The LT did enough, but inspiring performance was not it’s strong suit. Surely, adding in another nearly 400 horsepower to some of the most comfortable seats in the automotive world ought to help, right?