• Jan 28, 2008


click above for more shots of the Cadillac CTS-V in the wild

The mouthwatering new Cadillac CTS-V is an absolute celebrity in the American automotive industry. But while we got an eyeful of the supercharged super-sedan at its unveiling in Detroit, as any Hollywood buff could tell you, it's one thing to see a celebrity on stage and quite another to meet one out in the real world. That's the experience some lucky fans got when the new CTS-V rolled by what appears to be a Corvette gathering in Florida Scottsdale, AZ. It would appear to be an appropriate assembly to show off the super-Caddy, powered as it is by a 550-hp derivative of the supercharged V8 in the new Corvette ZR1.

As you can see from the pictures in the gallery, this CTS-V was wearing glossy black V-shaped, split-5-spoke Cadillac rims, a beautiful metallic silver paint job, Michigan plates and, oddly, some camouflage over the rear bumper. Why GM felt the need to hide the rear end of a car already released is beyond us. Thanks to pat_ernzen for the images.

UPDATE: The photographer let us know the car was shot at Scottsdale Pavilions shopping center, a weekly Saturday night car show in Scottsdale, AZ where people just bring their cars out.

[Source: Desert-Motors.com]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      didn't they say that it would rival the M3? i read in a magazine that it would cost atleast 60k. and it would have 550hp, atleast. That's crazy!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL @ mike.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does a minimally clad M-plate V count as "first in the wild"? Kind-of like shooting the first buck of deer season in a "preserve".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yay! pat made it into autoblog.

      cars lobby representing, wOOt!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy testicle tuesday..... And the interior is badass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Styling is blah, way too angular and slab-sided. I like that Cadillac is aiming high with performance sedans but the skin they clad them in is just wrong. And did I read this thing weighs 4,200+ pounds?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd imagine this car could run 12 flat @ 120ish, although 11 second 1/4 mile might be a stretch, unless someone like Consumer Reports is at the wheel.lol

      I'm just loving it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM is smart for bringing that out to a Corvette rally. It must be the last prototype of sorts before they launched the show car in Detroit. This is the stuff that gets real car guys going. Give them a sample of what is coming down the pipeline and watch the word spread amongst the die hard fans. Corvette lovers will be able to afford a 4 door ZR1 of sorts with this beast! Love it. It was amazing to see the production version in Detroit this past weekend. It really is a stunning car in person, I can't wait to see one on the street as that is a whole new perspective, much like the Malibu is even better on the street than in the car shows. Kudos GM...kudos!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They did screw the pooch on the front end, but otherwise this thing is a knock-out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW.......The General is making it very hard to hold on to my import bias......however, I have an '07 Impala company car and it smells of leaking coolant and the rack makes noise sporadically: at 11k miles. FWIW, I took possession of it brand new.

      I know, I know--that's a Chevy, this is a Cadillac. I just would expect the quality to be consistent throughout the company by now. I dunno....this car may be enough to forget all of that...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nope---I work in claims for a major insurance carrier, and I have access to ISO, CarFax, and Auto Check. We don't purchase used or salvaged vehicles for fleet use. Any damage this vehicle could have been sustained before delivery would likely be under $1500, at which point the dealer could repair it w/o reporting it to the consumer. $1500, even at dealer cost, is highly unlikely to include R+R of the gear assembly and the sections of the engine's cooling system. (Although GM's steering linkage is among the least difficult to remove). Such damage would likely include a knuckle, a control arm, a strut, outer tie rods and the like---extremely unlikely. Not bashing GM, just weary. I was once a GM fanatic, but my Olds Intrigue and Malibu left a sour taste.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sure that Impala was not involved in a collision and then not properly put back together?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like the look or not, it is unique compared to other racers. Can't wait to see final numbers on this at the tracks. Should blow some smoke from the GT-R. That thing has been getting too much press lately.

      As for the rear end, I think the checked bumpers are an option, so all the wanna be M5's out there can see the checkers through the smoke they'll see from behind...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was there and saw it in person... it was at the weekly car show at the Scottsdale Pavillions in Scottsdale, AZ. Every once and a while something from the AZ proving grounds makes its way there.
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