The 1997 Cadillac Catera Is The Caddy That Zigs

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For decades, Cadillacs solely appealed to a "mature audience." But in 1997, they built a car to appeal to the Spice Girl set.

That car was the Opel Omega-based Catera, widely known to the common man as the "Caddy that zigs." Of course "zigs" is a well known synonym for "handling" as well as the antonym of "zags."

A quiet four speed automatic transfers all 200 of the horsepowers that Cadillac could fit under that hood to the rear wheels. All that luxury and technology launched the 3,800 pound Catera from 0 to 60 in a simply mind boggling 8.5 seconds.


But don't take my word for it. Watch along as John Davis and the crack team at MotorWeek zig a Catera around the rolling hills of Maryland.

MotorWeek Theater is our showcase of some of our favorite classic reviews from public television's finest motoring program. How does this video only have 2,678 views on YouTube? It's a zigging Caddy!

(Hat Tip to Patrick!)