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    CTS-V Certified at 556 hp

    2009 CTS-V Performance Reaches The Stratosphere

    Certified at 556 horsepower, acceleration times are top among V-8 sedans




    MILFORD, Mich. - As final testing of the limited-edition 2009 CTS-V nears completion, the results suggest that Cadillac's upcoming sports sedan is entering the stratosphere of the world's highest-performing cars. Cadillac announces the following performance specifications for all-new 2009 CTS-V:

    CTS-V, with its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA engine, has achieved SAE-certified peak output of 556 horsepower (415 kW) at 6100 rpm and 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm) of torque at 3800 rpm.
    CTS-V accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. CTS-V covers the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 118 mph. These acceleration times are believed to be the fastest for any V-8-powered sedan currently in production.
    More than just power, CTS-V also includes a comprehensive suite of technical and design enhancements, including Magnetic Ride Control and a new automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. Cadillac pioneered Magnetic Ride Control, the world's fastest-acting suspension, in 2004. The new CTS-V employs a new version of this technology, enabling it to achieve a remarkably wide bandwidth of capability that ranges from extreme high-performance agility to the smooth road manners of a prestigious luxury sedan.

    CTS-V also manages power via an extremely robust driveline. The car's limited-slip differential is made of cast iron for extreme strength. Its limited-slip tuning enables excellent high-speed stability along with comfortable low-speed maneuverability. The prop shaft is heavy-duty and wheel hub bearings are stiffened and bolstered to manage the car's remarkable energy. Axle half-shafts are asymmetrical, a design that ensures smooth performance.

    "CTS-V represents the full extension of our design, technology and performance capabilities," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "The V-Series takes the award-winning CTS sport sedan and elevates it to a position within the club of the world's most exclusive and capable cars."

    In testing May 8 at Germany's famed Nürburgring track, the new 2009 CTS-V completed a lap of the legendary Nordschleife in 7:59.32. This blistering time appears to be the fastest ever publicly documented for a production sedan on factory-spec street tires.

    One of the realistic objectives of the Cadillac team is to make the CTS-V the world's fastest production sedan, as a part of the overall goal to make the V-Series Cadillac's ultimate expression of performance and technology.

    Re: CTS-V Certified at 556 hp

    Very cool - thanks, Ron!

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    What a monster! Looking forward to the comparisons with the M5.

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    Good, now just improve the styling a notch. No reason why cadillac shouldn't be equal to merc, am, bmw....... other than what plagues the rest of american society, poor leadership.

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    Looks as if this is going to be a ground pounder. Now lets see if it can hold up in the refinement department with its European rivals.

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    It seems to post impressive numbers, still curious if the car can even put the power to the ground.

    What I dislike about that car is the fact that its sole distinctive feature is its superior power. Considering the current tendencies on several important markets, it looks as if the ZR1 and CTS-V could herald the end of those extreme performance vehicles.

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    Ferdie said:
    It seems to post impressive numbers, still curious if the car can even put the power to the ground.

    What I dislike about that car is the fact that its sole distinctive feature is its superior power. Considering the current tendencies on several important markets, it looks as if the ZR1 and CTS-V could herald the end of those extreme performance vehicles.



    No, I would say it's manga-ride suspension is pretty trick kit as well. Tires will play an important role b/c they have to provide performance and luxury at the same time. Two opposite neds of the scale; a very tricky feat.

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    I saw a CTS at the recent auto shows and the interiors are definitely par with Merc, which really surprised me

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    racerx said:
    Good, now just improve the styling a notch. No reason why cadillac shouldn't be equal to merc, am, bmw....... other than what plagues the rest of american society, poor leadership.



    Quote:
    Heist said:
    Looks as if this is going to be a ground pounder. Now lets see if it can hold up in the refinement department with its European rivals.





    Whoever states that the CTS is just power, never drove the car... you guys are living room car mag drivers.


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    ADias said:
    Quote:
    racerx said:
    Good, now just improve the styling a notch. No reason why cadillac shouldn't be equal to merc, am, bmw....... other than what plagues the rest of american society, poor leadership.



    Quote:
    Heist said:
    Looks as if this is going to be a ground pounder. Now lets see if it can hold up in the refinement department with its European rivals.





    Whoever states that the CTS is just power, never drove the car... you guys are living room car mag drivers.




    Uhhh, pump your brakes there chief.
    I mean, have you driven the car yet?

    You don't have to drive the car to know that Cadillac has been NOTORIOUS for a lack of overall refinement in comparison to its European counterparts.

    And we all well know how most GM products seem to precipitously drop off in refinement/quality after year 5.

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    Wow! I hope it comes standard with LSD! On my C63, traction is limited without LSD.

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    WAY said:
    Wow! I hope it comes standard with LSD! On my C63, traction is limited without LSD.



    Traction? What traction?

    Re: CTS-V Certified at 556 hp

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    WAY said:
    Wow! I hope it comes standard with LSD! On my C63, traction is limited without LSD.


    Yes, GM is pretty reasonable about that - almost all the powerful V8 RWD cars have LSD. Even the little 4cyl RWD Pontiac Solstice Roadster has LSD...

     
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