• Jul 7th 2007 at 7:04PM
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The 2008 Cadillac CTS is in the home-stretch right now, as it's only a few months away from production. Anticipation for what could be one of the best Cadillacs ever has been steadily rising since its unveiling last January in Detroit, and the forthcoming CTS-V has made its way onto Autoblog quite a few times.

To keep anticipation high, GM has released video of the 2008 CTS running the 'Ring from inside the cockpit. While the video isn't of the greatest quality, it's worth viewing if only for the sexy sound of the new direct injection 3.6L engine. Hit the jump to check it out.

[Source: YouTube]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, to the idiot who said "vanillamobiles" don't bash other cars. Lexus is still light years ahead in interior design, the japanese and euros are still ahead in build quality. I'm not bashing the CTS, i think its exactly what GM needs, an adrenaline injection. But i'm thinking that the BMW 3 series with the turbocharged 3.0L will still be quicker in a straight line and in the curves. Consider this, BMW's 3.0L turbo puts out around 300 ponies, but it actually made only 5 less hp on the dyno then Inifiniti's G37, and considering that its 200lbs lighter, that makes a huge difference.

      And no matter how large the strides GM has made in the last years, no way you can claim this 3.6L V6 is as good as Nissan's VQ line of motors. (winner of Ward's top 10 best engines, 5 years running.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      No, Gary, please don't talk to a girl, you may mate and more little Gary's are not needed in the world.

      On that note, the CTS will be a great car. It was impressive to see in Detroit at the show and to hear that engine was a nice treat. What a fantastic design coming out of Cadillac. It will be great to drive it later this year. Good job GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love what Caddy has done with this updated design. The design is a clean and flowing update from the current CTS, and doesn't distract too much in terms of being a completely new car. Too many car makers are creating completely different cars when the next gen appears and it can certainly become disorienting after a while. The interior looks posh indeed and much more modernized the the cabin flowing from one end to the other.

      I can't wait to see this on the road, especially the V series ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will the biased import-loving readers of Autoblog like this car? Of course not, it's from Detroit. Will those who actually appreciate American cars like car? No, they'll love it.

      If you don't like American cars, that's fine, you're entitled to your own opinion. But to deny that Cadillac had made HUGE strides since 2003 is foolish. GM has realized their mistakes and are doing a great job trying to correct them.

      The original CTS was a good car and we can only hope that this new one will be a great car. But to pass judgement on a car that isn't even on dealer lots yet is absurd. But then again, a whole lot of people on here pass judgement on cars without ever driving them. So why should this one be any different.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's hard to determine the actual engine sound as they were recording inside the CTS-V. Since it is a Cadillac, sound refinement probably helped to dampen the engine sound. Now had they strapped that camera along side one of the tail exhaust, looking rearward, we would have had a treat to see and hear.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I agree with you to a certain extent.

        It is true that the car may sound better (or perhaps even great) from the outside, but that doesn't mean that how it sounds on the inside (to the driver and the passengers) is immaterial.

        To some, how it sounds on the inside is just as important (if not more) because the owner (who presumably is on the interior) is the one who paid for the car, not bystanders, and he/she will be witnessing/listening to the engine note often, so pleasing his ears should be #1 priority.

        This reminds me of Nissan's VQ35HR or VQ35DE (found in,e.g.,the G35), which (in my opinion) sounds great from the outside. But from the inside, it doesn't sound too hot. This could be due to a number of things, such as sound deadening, interior acoustics, the fact that you are listening to the engine note versus the exhaust note, but , nevertheless its still a problem that leaves many occupants unsatisfied.

        Luxury sports cars have the difficult task of balancing virtues of a luxury car (e.g., quiet interior) with virtues of a sporty car (e.g., nice sounding engine). And while it is a difficult task, its level of difficulty should not act as an excuse or to discharge the manufacturer's duty to strike a good compromise.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is with that creaking sound coming from the interior when the car goes around a corner? Thats a similar sound my cousin's 1982 Volvo makes from the center console, a sign of build quality perhaps? I hope its from some testing equipment or perhaps the camera
        • 8 Years Ago
        You're clearly imagining it Barry. Get some rest.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It sounds muscular, but lacks the refinement of a G35 motor, for example.
        • 8 Years Ago
        VQ engines have lost all the refinement that made them legendary when they got punched out to 3.5 liters.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I, for one, am sick of the irritating synthetic belch that Infiniti chooses to tune their VQs to make. If that's 'refined', I'll take unrefined, thank you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, I haven't seen any in the area yet, but the Cadillac website says Fall...how did it look in the midst of everyday traffic?
        • 8 Years Ago
        It caught my eye and then i realised..oh yeah..new caddi. Saw it in downtown Toronto.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know what, I actually like the new CTS. . . not enough to buy it since I still prefer its competition, but, it is nice eye candy in a sea of Mercedes, BMWs, and Lexus. That being said. . . what a mistake to release this video. This video cannot possibly impress any objective, impartial, fair-minded person with any sort of intelligence. The engine note sounds mild, uninspiring, and not exhilarating at all. I don't know if the car is going slow around corners or if that is just the effect of poor video quality with low frames per second and shutter speed or both. I know GM is not in the best shape financially, but they can't spend $300 on a decent camcorder (you can find high-definition camcorders for under $900)? What is more, is that at every corner you can hear creaks in the interior like some cheap rental.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's called a camera mount. Look into it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's with the "few months away from production" statement? I thought it was going to production in a couple of weeks and due on dealer lots in August or September. Otherwise, this may well be the first Caddilac I've ever wanted or owned.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I keep seeing this car (except, the one I see is red) out in the "wild" I live in northville michigan (about 20 mins from Detroit) its a upscale town full of CEOs and retierees, I'm sure one of them is from GM and was driving this car around. (like wise, I saw a 2008 Sable recently)
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