• May 9th 2008 at 2:45PM
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Click above for more shots of the CTS-V on the 'Ring

The badassery going in inside the supercharged LSA V8 stuffed under the domed hood of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V appears to translate well on the Nordschleife's graffiti-marked tarmac. GM announced today that John Heinricy exercised his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of a record time by wheeling a CTS-V with production-spec performance mods around the Nürburgring's north loop in 7:59.32, which is believed to be the "fastest documented lap time" for a production sedan. Even if that turns out not to be the case, it's pretty freakin' fast. GM shot video of the whole thing, which should be released in the coming days. Somewhere, Nissan engineers with furrowed brows are shoving the GT-R's 3.8L V6 into a G35 sedan...

[Source: GM]

2009 CTS-VBlisters Nurburgring
Breaks 8-minute barrier - potentially the fastest documented lap time for a production sedan

In testing today at Germany's Nurburgring, Cadillac's upcoming new 2009 CTS-Vcompleted 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.

Cadillac is nearing the completion of testing for the highly anticipated CTS-V, the limited-edition high-performance model based on the award-winning CTS sport sedan. John Heinricy, GM Performance Division executive and an acclaimed racing driver, piloted the CTS-V through its sub-8 minute lap. The car itself had no performance modifications outside of those planned for consumer production, which is scheduled to begin this fall.

Estimated at 550-hp, the CTS-V is at the moment going through the final stages of intensive testing and development. 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. More updates will be released in the coming weeks as testing is finalized, including the car's certified SAE power ratings, acceleration specifications and U.S.-market pricing.

Video documentation of the car's breakthrough Nordschleife performance will be posted online in the coming days at http://cadillac.gmblogs.com
The eight-minute mark has long been recognized as a major Nurburgring milestone, reserved for race cars and the fastest exotic sports cars. While there's no single official repository for Nurburgring data from private test sessions, numerous reputable websites and publications report lap times from race teams, automakers and independent sources.

The new 2009 CTS-V includes a suite of advanced performance technologies, including a new version of Cadillac's acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control suspension and the LSA 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine. For the first time, CTS-V will include the choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions, with the new automatic sporting steering wheel-mounted shift buttons.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Can you get it with a proper manual transmission?
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        Im with you. Im sick of this Dual Clutch manumatic B.S.

        I want a stick and three pedals on my sportscar thank you very much.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry, only an improper manual transmission is available.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes it is available with a real stick, it says in the press release even.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Immediately after posting I went to Cadillac's website where I found that it is available with a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual.

        Awesome... but I still want a Camaro. I don't need four doors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Effing sweet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Excellent! Caddy is finally getting back to its roots - handling and track performance. As they say in the ad, they are the Ultimate Driving Machine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        uhhhh....that's BMW...lol.

        Apparently their ad campaign hasn't been successful on you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's kind of weird looking that first photo. The front of the car is way low to the ground. Perhaps it is braking? But the back doesn't look elevated much. Also, one side of the car is lower than the other in the front, yet the tires are not turned.

      I don't think this is a production car. I think it has modified suspension. *shrug*
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is the Nordschleife the same course as the Nurburgring?

      Either way, this is a bad ass Caddy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        nordschlief = north loop of the nurburgring

        there is a f1 course, the north loop and a combination of the two that get used. for street car laptimes, the nurburgring nordschlief is the full name but most people just refer to is as the nurburgring

        in short, yes it is the same
      • 7 Years Ago
      The old V did Nordschleifs in the mid 8 minutes, with 150 hp less, smaller tires etc. This new time is right in line with the evolution of the V series. Very Well Done Cadillac! The is clearly a very serious world class sports sedan. What is the new M3's time? The M5's time?
      "The times are a changing" and I love it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      production ehh??, it does'nt look slammed to the ground or anything
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you're referring to the first photo it would appear that the suspension is compressed due to braking and/or turning.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Caddy is once again the standard of the world.
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not saying it isn't a performer. Nothing helps the industry build better cars than better products from the competition. And that in the end gets us drivers better cars to drive. To say that caddy is "the standard of the world" after just starting to make good cars like this and not very long after making cars like the Catera (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/80/1997-99_Cadillac_Catera.jpg/800px-1997-99_Cadillac_Catera.jpg) up until 2001 just sounds a little premature to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yar, 3series is right you know. This car only has awesome looks, awesome performance, awesome quality (including the interior), and is an all-around worldbeater and makes BMW look like Kia, but that does not mean that it will be a success. I mean they have not even sold one yet!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't be jumping the gun just yet my friend. They haven't even sold one yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh man, mega awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, Maximum did deliver on his promise of dusting the M5. He did give BMW fair warning that the M5 wasn't fast enough.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is Kevin from Cadillac posting to set the record straight for all the conspiracy theorists out there:
      1) This CTS-V that lapped the Nordschleife in 7:59.32 with our own John Heinricy at the wheel was a stone stock 2009 CTS-V as we expect to bring it to market right down to the factory spec Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, with a couple changes for safety purposes only.
      2) The car has all stock suspension components and settings, it just looks low in the photos because the car is driving through a compression in the track and is under braking at the time of the photos.
      3) The car DOES NOT have a roll cage or roll bar in it. What it does have is a harness bar that mounts to the floor and B-pillars only to enable the use of a six point harness for safety. The harness bar is mounted by our engineers in such a way that it DOES NOT enhance the torsional rigidity of the body structure so their development work at the 'Ring and other tracks will provide accurate information for suspension development.
      4) The car is equipped with racing seats, again for safety purposes, but the lighter weight of these racing seats is a little more than offset by the added weight of the harness bar and few bits of test equipment in the car.
      5) The record-setting CTS-V was equipped with our new 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift buttons on the steering wheel. The 2009 CTS-V will also be available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

      So, bottom line, this record lap was set by a stone stock 2009 CTS-V on street-specification Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires that is actually a little bit heavier than it would otherwise be. We at Cadillac believe this to be the fastest-ever lap of the Nordschleife by a production-specification sedan on the factory-equipped tires because the one sedan listed on all the time charts we could find to research that lapped faster was driven with R-compound racing specification tires in place of the factory specification tires.
      • 7 Years Ago
      HAH after the misterious change of subject WITH the ZR1 (take out from nurburgring,take in the endless straight track),here comes GM with another "tricky" perfomance show.
      those bucket seats are probably in the final product of course,and the roll cage too.
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