Import cars are big competition for American manufacturers and Cadillac decided in 1996 that the best way to fight them was to have one of its own. So it started using an Opel model sold in Europe as the Omega, and named it the Catera. The only differences visually were the front and rear light clusters, which went full width on the rear and at the front were separated by a grille more akin to previous Cadillacs. The suspension was fully independent and had struts up front plus a strut and multi-link rear for exceptional ride quality and handling - enough to rival BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus. The engine was a compact 183ci (3-liter) V6 with 24 valves, twin overhead camshafts and three-stage intake runner lengths to boost torque production throughout the rev range. Powerful braking is available, thanks to vented and ABS-assisted discs all around. The Catera remains in production.
Cadillac Catera (1998) Specifications
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