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Last week, we sent you over to Inside Line to see the undisguised 2009 Cadillac CTS-V as it wound its way down the road for some photographers leading it in a Buick Enclave. Today, we've obtained the hi-res shots ourselves, and have them all lined up in the gallery below for your enjoyment. Recapping the news from last week, you'll see that the V-Series CTS sports a full body kit, a sizable power dome, smaller mesh grilles that are reminiscent of the previous-gen CTS and an updated wheel/tire/brake package. While the lack of the new-style grille is disappointing -- it's really the car's calling card -- there has to be a good reason GM did this. As Inside Line said last week, there are two schools of thought regarding what engine lurks under that dome. Initially, the assumption was that the CTS-V would get the LS7 from the Corvette Z06. Recent talk seems to favor a supercharged 6.2L V8 making 525 horses or so. If it's indeed the latter, perhaps the large lower intake is there to feed an intercooler. That's one possible explanation for the rather drastic grille change compared to the standard car. We won't need to wait much longer to find out the real skinny, anyway, as the Detroit Auto Show is fast approaching. Until then, have fun with the new eye candy.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      So wait, an M5 w/ about 525 hp starts at about 100k while this new Caddy with (rumored) more than 525 hp will come in at around 60k????? This is awesome!!!

      However, we all know what the magazines are going to do. They will compare the CTS-v to an M3, even though the M3 is much smaller and in a completely different class. I still wanna see a comparo between the CTS and the 5 series, E class, GS350, etc....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly...

        I always wondered about the g35 sedan going against the 3 series too. In interior size it is closer to the 5 series then the 3 series. The base options are about the same as a 5 series. Sure the price is lower then the 3. The M35/45 is allot bigger then a 5 series but still not a 7.

        Should be interesting e46 M3 vs e92 M3 vs CTS V vs S5. Had to throw in the e46 M3 as it is a benchmark car.

        Also I wonder if the CTS V will get AWD... The platform has it, and the car compares more against the s4/rs4/S5 cars then the BMW machines.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have never seen a car that slopes down so much from the back to the front. Makes the car look unlevel.
      I like the car...but not sure that I like that about it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems kinda like someone at GM saw the CTS-V leaked and said: "It looks like crap in those pics, we need to get some better pics out to counter those. Take all the disguise off the car and go drive it past some spy photogs ASAP. I want to see those photos 'leaked' to the web within 48 hours."
        • 7 Years Ago
        These are particularly good. I'll grant you that. Not that we're complaining or anything.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice pix.

      Cadillac has come a long way in the past 5 years. It's good to see them making a solid effort at a sports sedan. If I were in the market I'd definitely give this a shot.

      Jon
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, cant wait to see this in person. Nice work Cadillac.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LS2/7 - yes an M-5 handles nicely for its size/weight

      Devin - get your prices right, a M5 starts at 85K pre gas guzzler; equipped out around 92-93K MSRP and 100-2K after taxes.

      This car will likely go for low to mid 60s MSRP and mid-high 60s after tax. Still a good bargain, but I would be happy to run the CTS-V at any speed past 150mph. I have no doubts the V will beat an unmodded M5 0-60 but I would also be shocked if my top speed isnt higher and my 60-150 isnt better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn, was supposed to be a reply to Driven.
      • 7 Years Ago
      those tires are HUGE

      how much does a cts weigh? you can probably add 200 lbs for the larger engine and wheels, tires and brakes for this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it'll be very interesting to see if they can maintain a nice price on this car. for example, the 08 CTS base price was only about 2K over the outgoing model. can the same be true for this!? that would mean an M5 spanker for mid 50s price. where do i sign?
      • 7 Years Ago
      man, I really want that internship at GM now!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I likie. Might have to say goodby to the Camaro and Hello Caddy! Hey, it's still GM though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd take a 5 series on looks, alone. Don't know what all the fuss is about GM's new products. Just more of the same unoriginal designs, really.

      I saw a black '08 Malibu the other day. With snow residue, it looks like any other model out there. That hype's going to burn out fast.
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