The Cadillac CTS-V is a model in Cadillac's V-Series line of high performance vehicles, introduced in 2004 to compete with other automakers' sports sedans such as the BMW M3 and M5 models, as well as the Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG and E55 AMG.
The CTS sedan is enhanced with GM performance parts like the 5.7-liter LS6 V8 from the C5-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06, as well as the Corvette Z06's six-speed manual Tremec transmission. From 2006 onwards, the LS6 engine was superseded by the new LS2 engine as used in the base 2006 Chevrolet Corvette. Unique front and rear treatments also included mesh grilles over the front openings, a track-ready suspension, and eighteen-inch wheels inside of Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar run-flat tires.
It was the first car launched under Cadillac's V-Series performance brand which competes directly with BMW's Motorsport division, Mercedes-Benz's AMG division, and Audi's S- and RS-Series performance-luxury cars.
The handling has improved thanks to the Opel tuned chassis and Brembo brakes.
A supercharged 6.2 liter LSA V-8, based on the LS9 V-8 from the recently released Corvette ZR-1, is the powerplant in the 2009 CTS-V. It produce and of torque. The LSA engine has a bore and stroke of 4.06 x 3.62 inches (103.25 x 92.0 mm). According to a recent article on CarandDriver.com, there will be two transmission choices, a six speed transmission with a short-throw shifter and dual clutch flywheel, or a paddle shift six speed. There will also be LED flash tracers to tell the driver when to shift. For the first time, Cadillac will offer 14-way adjustable performance Recaro seats which keeps the driver planted while cornering at high speeds. To improve the handling and comfort, the 2009 CTS-V will use GM's Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) technology. The dampers, filled with magneto-rheological fluid, are adjusted based on sensor readings that happen at 1ms intervals. According to specs, the power-to-weight ratio should be similar to that of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which was just labeled as the fastest sedan that Edmunds.com has ever tested1.
The 2009 CTS-V has an estimated base price of $60,000(US), and should be available for purchase in the fourth quarter of 2008.
In May, it was announced that the CTS-V achieved a lap time of 7:59.32 at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. It is believed to be the fastest documented time for a production sedan on factory tires.
Official 0-60 mph time for the 2nd-generation CTS-V is 3.9 seconds, while the quarter mile is run at 12.0 seconds @ 118 MPH. Edmunds Inside Line measured a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds and a quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at 115.3 MPH.