Offered in one trim level – a four door Sedan – the 2008 Cadillac STS-V features a whopping 469 horsepower gas-powered V8 with RWD and a 6-speed automatic transmission. With nice interior room and passenger capacity for up to five, the STS-V features well-rounded safety features that include front/side-body/side-head airbags, daytime running lights, high-density discharge headlights, child safety rear door locks, a parking aid and traction control. Luxury amenities include a navigation system, steering wheel audio controls and heated memory lumbar seats.Read more Read less
For 2008, the Cadillac STS gets a much more powerful standard engine--a 302-horsepower, direct-injected V6--and a new six-speed automatic transmission standard across the model line. And making its debut for 2008 is a new STS Platinum Edition, which adds distinctive materials inside, with Tuscany leather and special chrome and wood accents. Two advanced-technology options, Lane Departure Warning Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert, help increase driver awareness and safety, and a head-up display and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are now available on V6 models. Separately, the available Intellibeam headlamps switch between high and low beam as oncoming vehicles approach and pass. There's also a new Performance Handling Package, which adds an upgraded braking system, 18-inch alloy chrome-plated wheels, and summer performance tires, plus an active front steering feature on V8 AWD models. Flashy new polished aluminum 14-spoke, 18-inch wheels are also newly available. Otherwise there are a number of cosmetic changes, including new side marker lamps, a new grille and lower front fascia and intake, a new body-colored rear fascia, and polished aluminum exhaust tips.
Overall performance; smooth ride; available leading-edge technology features; optional all-wheel drive; unique front-wheel steer feature; strong safety; ahead-of-the-pack acceleration (STS-V).
The 2008 STS is Cadillac's high-technology flagship sedan, and in terms of performance and features is every bit a rival to the top sedans from Germany and Japan. With all-wheel drive, the STS makes a surprisingly good all-weather car despite its performance edge, and with the new front-wheel steer system the AWD V8 model promises to be especially nimble. Inside, the STS has a look and feel that entirely justifies the price, and convenience and safety features that match the best in its class.