• Oct 5, 2006
The new CTS looks killer if recent spy shots are anything to go by. These shots show what appears to be the next generation CTS-V undergoing testing, as evident by the wide tires and performance wheels, larger exhaust tips, and most conspicuously, the bubble protruding from the mule's hood that we guess is making room for a supercharger. While no one knows for sure what engine will power the next CTS-V, some say it will be a non-supercharged 4.6-liter V8 while others swear it will have a blower. Looks like the latter camp may be right, and if so, The Car Connection says the CTS-V may have between 550-600 horsepower, which is just pure insanity for an "entry-level" luxury sedan. Apparently Cadillac is serious about hammering the BMW M3 and M5 (the 3-Series is really the direct competitor to the CTS, but 550-600 hp will allow the CTS-V to run with the V10-powered M5) with some serious Detroit iron. Only 7,500 examples of the CTS-V are pegged for production, and judging from these shots we're sure Cadillac won't have any trouble unloading them.
[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      While all the auto mags place the CTS V against the M3 series BMW, and the Audi S4. This is not correct, those cars are much smaller. Check the specs and sit in one. I know I tried them both and bought a V because of it's handling and performance...and is a significant better value than an M-5 and S6.
      Now if 600hp is true...that is wretched excess. I love it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about the twin turbo 3.6 V6 from one of GM concept cars awhile back. Combined with direct injection 400hp & 400ft-lbs coupled to a 6 speed manual or 6 speed auto (if you want)
      • 8 Years Ago
      No, no joke quantimouse, caddies are hot! And cadillac is spelled with one d and two l's not the other way around. :)

      About the spy photos: They look promising.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it gets a blower then just a simple ECU and pulley change will push this car over 600-650HP.
      • 8 Years Ago
      *sigh*

      RE:17.
      Look at the picture of the back end, blow it up, and notice that the brakelights are on. They definitely show through. Might just be a way to disguise the car, I admit, but you can't deny what the picture shows.

      RE:22.
      All I stated was that others are envious of Cadillac's design identity, which is pretty much unmistakable. Everyone who sees a Caddy (ANY Caddy) knows it's a Caddy. Not the case for many makers.

      Anything else?
      • 8 Years Ago
      10. You should realize that the reason they are limiting this car to 7500 has more to do with the fact that they had trouble selling the plethora of the current CTS-V, which you can have well bellow MSRP. I am sure they will try to spin this however by suggesting that the CTS-V is somehow akin to a limited edition car.

      Given the pretty poor long term reviews this car has gotten in recent months from US auto mags, the CTS-V still strikes me as a bit of a wannabe play by GM. Anyone with the money and without a misguided desire to only buy US cars would easily opt for a BMW M, Mercedes AMG or an Audi RS. In fact I have more hope for the forthcoming Lexus IS500 than I do for this 2nd gen CTS-V.

      And don't get me started on the looks.

      Posted at 3:42PM on Oct 5th 2006 by quantimouse 0 stars
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      Well godd for you. The V-Series sales were previously capped at 5000. 7500 is MORE than 5000. They must really have "trouble" selling.
      The CTS lineup will likely do much better than the IS you're eyeing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Zinger, you're an idiot. Please do tell me what MB sedan actually handles well? The current V handles just as well or better than current Audi and MB mid-sized sport sedans. BMW has always been in a league of its own.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      New poster here and although I've owned a fair number of American cars I have always been more of a fan of the European and Japanese sports cars and sports sedans more than US brands (and particularly GM..which historically were just godawful land-barges).

      But the CTS-V really changed my mind on that score. Here is a GM car (and a CADILLAC of all things! holy crap! lol) that *I* have strongly considered buying. If you had told me that 8 years ago I would've thought you were crazy.

      Last time I was in the market I was looking at M3's, 996's, G35's, Acura TL and ....the CTS-V.

      In the end I went with a pure sports car while the kids are still small enough to fit in the back of the Porsche but the CTS-V was definitely in the running.

      My only real gripe was the terrible looking center stack (whoever designed that abomination should be flogged) and luckily the new version has a much better looking interior from the photos I've seen.

      It's a better bargain than the BMW's/Audi's, more powerful than the Infiniti and less 'boy racer' than Subby's/Evo's.

      I am NO GM fanboy but I think they really hit the ball out of the park with the CTS-V.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I never believed in spy shots. There are always only prototypes. The design can change several times till release
      • 8 Years Ago
      haha I can see some Caddy haters here

      No MB is known for handling, power yes, MB has the best power of all the automakers - tell me the last time the M5 made 738lb-ft of torque

      But this CTS will rule over the M3, sure the M3 will have like 0.1gs over the CTS-V adn maybe a 5% better feel on the steering, but in the end the laps of this CTS-V will be quicker by at least a few seconds over the M3.
      ANd with the interior looking liek it does, the BMW will be outclassed - I even liek the '07 G35s interior better than the current 3 series which without the I-drive look planer than a Subaru WRX and with the I-drive it has the two ugly looking bumps adn I hate I-drive

      looks liek Caddy will do a number on the M3
      • 8 Years Ago
      People need to know what they are talking about. German cars don't handle well because they're German, they handle well because, for the most part (not Audi); their performance sedans have been rear wheel drive with independent suspensions, rigid frames and near 50/50 front/rear weight distribution.

      American cars got a bad reputation with the pony cars that, while having strong engines, suffered in handling because of flexible frames, live rear axles, and front heavy engine placement. However, for cars like the CTS that reputation isn't true anymore.

      I would expect someone that doesn't car about cars but wants to sound smart to say "Oh, nothing can handle like a BMW", but I expect people that know about cars to realize that the German company’s handling comes from design elements that are shared with the CTS, and not from a white propeller spinning against the blue Bavarian sky.

      In fact, the CTS has a double wishbone front suspension, which is theoretically superior to the struts on 3-series and C-class. Which car is the best will now depend on how extensively it is developed, not the country of origin, and any differences will be very close.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yes I agree that he current CTS interior is not up to par with it's competition, but the new interior coming with the redisign seems like it will be (based on the spy pics i've seen)

      the recent BMW 3-series messed up the interior design very bad, you either get bland or I-drive - yikes

      Also, to those comparing the CTS-V to the M5 and E55AMG - that is not the CTS-V competition - it's the M3 and the S4 (not RS4) and C63AMG that it goes up against

      the new one I hope rides on the C6 Corvette engine boosted to 550HP and it most likely will adopt the C6 suspension tuning will be a great car to have
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