• May 14, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Cadillac CTS-V at the 'Ring.

GM is pretty pleased with the Cadillac CTS-V's 7:59.32 run around the Nurburgring, and the crew on the ground had the foresight to strap a few video cameras to the supercharged sedan to capture every second of John Heinricy's sub-eight-minute lap. The General is quick to point out that no modifications were made to the CTS-V to aid in its domination of the Green Hell. The tires were stock and the only bits not available on the options list through Caddy are the fire-suppression system, harness bar and six-point seatbelt . While the additional equipment added a few more pounds, it's obvious that it didn't hinder performance. Hit the jump for proof.





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      • 6 Years Ago
      as much as i love top gear...eat it clarkson...the americans have made a killer car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan should just take a R33 GTR sedan and run it on the ring just to slap GM in the face. AGAIN.

      and the funny thing would be that the gtr is down 250hp lol. but it does weigh 500lbs less.and ughh 10 years older hahah.

      good job gm.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @LS2LS7,

        I read your comment before I watched the video and I think you're right. The camera angle from just over the driver's right shoulder moves around a lot like someone was holding it. Sometimes it will drift a little more to the right or left. You can tell the camera at the right B pillar is fixed to the car since you never see the car itself moving.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There was an R33 GT-R 4 door. It was built in celebration of Nissan's 40th anniversary. The first version was built by Autech, and the 2nd was a joint Autech/Nismo project. They are extremely rare though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        remind me how many R33 GTR sedans they made again... because i've only ever seen coupes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I kinda doubt someone's in the back guys. If GM went through all the trouble to get the car up to spec safety wise with the addition of a rollbar/harness bar I don't think they'd allow anyone to ride around there with it. That would be a stupid move: rollbars can be very dangerous to vehicle occupants in a crash... especially one than intrudes on passenger space like this one does. You can see that it's triangulated with a bar running diagonally in front of the rear seat... that rear passenger would be in for a world of hurt if Heinricy stuffed it. I think the camera was mounted to the bar, and probably had a bit of play in it, hence the movement.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Comparing the Skyline to the V? Apples and oranges, two totally different segments. Makes no sense in this post.

        Go GM! If I had 60k burning a hole in my pocket, I would sprint down to the Caddy dealer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The low end on the audio is crazy. The sub is shaking the walls. Definitely a good watch. GM is rightfully proud of this car. It appears to be setting a new standard for performance sedans.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The CTS really has me in a love-hate relationship. Pretty much, I love it on paper. The design, the motor, and the price are all terrific. However, I really despaired when some little things bothered me enough to sour my opinions of it as a whole. For one, the steering and pedals were very disconnected and floaty. I had very little confidence driving it. Also, some of the little details in the interior seemed flimsy or not fluent with the rest of the design. I really wanted to like the car, but especially the steering struck me as unacceptable.

      That being, I bet this one (the CTS-V) has all of the controls properly sorted. I can't wait for a comparo vs the M5. :D
      Kam
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy smoke! Is it my imagination, or is this the AUTOMATIC! No visible shifting beyond some thumbs flying on the wheel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Want....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just want to be the first to say this...I want (at least on this post)
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        Re: GM Cheating
        NOWHERE in the article referenced did they cite any source for their claims. The source cited didn't say any of that.
        roll cage? No looks at the interior, it only has a harness bar
        Aftermarket Bucket seats? sure.... but that's kind of like saying the helmet and gloves where cheating. This doesn't make the car faster, despite what guys in a 92 civic with a fartbox muffler think
        differnt tires than a stock CTS-V? NO! Stock tires
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sick and tired of this bullsh*t. First the GM fanboys were all over Nissan for cheating, and now it's the GT-R fanboys turn. What does it matter? You fanboy types are all pathetic, thinking you have to put down one brand just because it does better than you expect, or better than your favorite. They are all good cars. If you can afford it, just buy the one you like, and laugh at all the other poor sobs who don't have one. This is getting really old now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that is one of the most comfortable looking laps ive seen on the ring.. that car has some serious sound deadening in it. great job gm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If that light gray CTS-V in the Autoblog photo gallery is the same as that in the video, the suspension looks lower than that of the dark gray CTS-V in the other Autoblog photos. Anybody else thinks so?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Being the nurburgring i'm sure it's under compression most of its tortured existence.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agree
        i still think thats not the "final" product .
        And this video proves nothing,its not a real timelap,we didnt see the cars outside and thats no proof of which parts that car used.
        ITS NOT CURIOUS?
        THEY DID THE LAP CHALLENGE USING A AUTOMATIC.
        Probably this car will be "hated"by the v8 lovers since "real drivers prefer manual"
        such a slap in their faces by GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not ls2ls7?@

      Yep its a full PR job.
      its called DAMAGE CONTROL.
      When the "numbers"dont go as you spected,CHANGE THE SUBJECT AS FAST AS YOU CAN!

      ZR1,NOT FAST AS THEY THOUGHT?
      Change the nurburgring for a "endless"straight circuit.

      STILL SLOW?
      Put another car on the road ASAP

      And SPARCO BUCKET SEATS are caddilacs original or optional equipments?


        • 6 Years Ago
        who has proof that the ZR-1 is going to be slower than expected? The CTS-V has been known about for months and GM was bound to release this lap time and footage. It has nothing to do with the ZR-1. I hope all you folks that are confident about eh ZR-1 being a diappointment are sure you have your facts straight. ZR-1 info is forthcoming and I doubt it will disappoint. If its not as fast as the GT-% (bif IF since its 700lbs lighter than the CTS-V with more power) I'm sure it will only be because the Ring doesnt allow it to exploit its huge power advantage.

        Recaro seats are optinal on the CTS-V but they are stock equipment. Stop looking for excuses. The only changes were the seatbelts, roll bar and fire extinguisher. Thats it. Get over it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Vrrrrrooommmm! *gear change* Vrrroooooommmmm! *gear change* vrooooooom!

      And I am a child again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Crap now I got a big problem! I want one! But I also want that G8! Do I buy both? That means I am going to have to work a lot harder to make the cash to pay for these babies, But I feel it is going to be worth it.
      Then there is that Hong Qi limo that i want to. Oh yea can't forget the Vette.
      ARGH.
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