Cadillac’s CTS is a solid performer in base, V6 trim; add in the V series’ supercharged 556-horsepower 6.2 liter V8 and all of its other hyper-performance bells and whistles, and you have a world-class American four-slammer with a “fastest production V8 sedan” tag line.
This model of the vaunted V comes via Kyosho, and it follows up the sweet V6 CTS I picked up a while ago. No, it’s not a new release, but it’s definitely worth another look see before its companion release – a CTS-V Coupe – arrives on the scene.
Like the real car, this sedan version’s been hit with some heavy tech – of the scale model variety, of course. It sits a scale inch lower (yeah, I checked), rolls on larger rims, and has sweet steel mesh in its grille. And everything works, from the suspension and drive shaft to the opening gas filler door. There’s a carpeted interior, with soft-touch seats and a sliding roof panel, and a pull-out trunk floor and spare tire. I loved the raised, cast metal “V” badging, and the high-relief foil appliqués everywhere; the steel brake discs, “V” emblazoned Brembo calipers, and folding side view mirrors were icing on the cake. This pre-pro wears world-spec clear taillights, but the production models I’ve seen stateside sported home market red lensing. It’s a bit more delicate in its details than standard Kyosho fare – no doubt the result of its being supplied through a relatively new supplier to Kyosho – but I’ve never met a collector who would complain about that.
Here’s to more models just like it. Kyosho’s given us what might be the most comprehensively detailed model of a currently available American car ever made. Now – give us that coupe, stat.