• Jun 9th 2008 at 1:27PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V

We thought Bentley's announcement earlier today that it's adding a Speed model to the Continental Flying Spur lineup was exciting news for sedan fans. After all, a 600bhp saloon that can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach 200 MPH is pretty exciting, no? Not really when compared to Cadillac's news that the 2009 CTS-V will officially be rated at 556 horsepower, hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and run the quarter mile in 12 seconds flat. No offense to Bentley, but a sub-3-second sedan is about as exciting as it can get on a Monday. For the record, the Edmunds' Straightline Blog reports that the sport sedan's 6.2L supercharged V8 will produce 556 hp at 6,100 rpm and 551 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. That engine is the LSA, derived from the new Corvette ZR1's LS9 motor and detuned for duty in the CTS-V. Fortunately, the LSA wasn't detuned too much and the '09 CTS-V should destroy its German competition, specifically the BMW M5 with its - can't believe we're saying this - relatively meager 500-hp 5.0L V10.

UPDATE: Official press release added after jump.

[Source: Edmunds' Straightline Blog]


2009 CTS-V Performance Reaches The Stratosphere

Certified at 556 horsepower, acceleration times are top among V-8 sedans

MILFORD, Mich. - As final testing of the limited-edition 2009 CTS-V nears completion, the results suggest that Cadillac's upcoming sports sedan is entering the stratosphere of the world's highest-performing cars. Cadillac announces the following performance specifications for all-new 2009 CTS-V:

CTS-V, with its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA engine, has achieved SAE-certified peak output of 556 horsepower (415 kW) at 6100 rpm and 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm) of torque at 3800 rpm.
CTS-V accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. CTS-V covers the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 118 mph. These acceleration times are believed to be the fastest for any V-8-powered sedan currently in production.
More than just power, CTS-V also includes a comprehensive suite of technical and design enhancements, including Magnetic Ride Control and a new automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. Cadillac pioneered Magnetic Ride Control, the world's fastest-acting suspension, in 2004. The new CTS-V employs a new version of this technology, enabling it to achieve a remarkably wide bandwidth of capability that ranges from extreme high-performance agility to the smooth road manners of a prestigious luxury sedan.

CTS-V also manages power via an extremely robust driveline. The car's limited-slip differential is made of cast iron for extreme strength. Its limited-slip tuning enables excellent high-speed stability along with comfortable low-speed maneuverability. The prop shaft is heavy-duty and wheel hub bearings are stiffened and bolstered to manage the car's remarkable energy. Axle half-shafts are asymmetrical, a design that ensures smooth performance.

"CTS-V represents the full extension of our design, technology and performance capabilities," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "The V-Series takes the award-winning CTS sport sedan and elevates it to a position within the club of the world's most exclusive and capable cars."

In testing May 8 at Germany's famed Nürburgring track, the new 2009 CTS-V completed 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 on factory-spec street tires.

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. A video of the car's breakthrough Nürburgring performance is online in many locations, including Cadillac's home on the Internet (Cadillac.com/09ctsv), and at the blog documenting Cadillac performance development (http://Cadillac.gmblogs.com).

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Leftlanenews has reported the 6-speed manny will top out at 191 mph... even more speechless right now. if this car can manage to pull more than 1.00 G on the pad, it will be a full-blown supercar!

      i am simply stunned.. a sedan that will smoke the majority of 2-door sports cars on the market. this is one fo the greatest milestones in automotive history, IMO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Go GM, this thing is amazing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah Kevin I agree with you, Car and Driver probably would rate a bimmer better than this thing. They are nothing but the 3 Bs, Bimmer Biased Bast$rds. They typically get amazing 0-60 times out of their cars tho. We can be clear on one fact tho, there is an M3 Sedan out there, i dont know where, and a CTSV Sedan somewhere, again no idea where, that are going to bash heads on Car and Drivers pages, The M3 Sedan already put an ISF thru the paper shredder as easy as swiss cheese. so this is bound to happen, go Caddy!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thanks... but I think I would take a D3-modified V6-6speed CTS, instead.


      THAT is the front end that the CTS-V should have gotten. The upper and lower grilles on the new -V are WAY out of step with the rest of the car, and they don't do justice to the vehicle.

      Nah... Red metallic, or gangster black CTS with a 6-speed, and some of the D3 visual upgrades (perhaps toned down a very slight bit...

      550hp 4-door just means you get 3 passengers killed faster, when you can't drive any better than a particular Aussie Ferrari driver.

      It is an amazing feat, but like an all-you-can-eat buffet, sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach, or your brain's actual driving abilities, in this case.
      • 7 Years Ago
      and i give it about 10 minutes before someone makes a negative comment about gas mileage......if thats your issue...your probably not in the market for a 560hp car
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well GM could have geared the automatic taller so top speed was achieved in 5th gear.

        Say using a 2.93 axle ratio, instead of 3.23, 190mph-6100rpm.
        Then you could 'cruise' around at 150mph in 6th at about 3800rpm (without the supercharger being engaged) and when you want to accelerate, in gear, supercharger engages (recirculate closes) you have about 400hp to move accelerate your to your drag limited speed in 6th gear, about 175mph.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bullcrap, Lets see Audi turn a 758 or better? RS4? Your kiddin right.

      • 7 Years Ago
      From your article, Mr. Neff:
      "the 2009 CTS-V will...hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds"
      "a sub-3-second sedan"

      From the press release:
      "CTS-V accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds."

      • 7 Years Ago
      Mighty impressive numbers. I think that in spite of all the nonsense going on with gas prices and CAFE regulations, this car is gonna be a hit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "An old Sedan DeVille"? DeVille has used all coil springs since it was first made in 1960.

        Aside from commercial vehicles (hearses, etc) the only Caddys to use leaf springs in the last 40+ years were the Seville (Chevy chassis) and the early FWD Eldorados.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Aren't those the rims off the G8 concept car we saw awhile back?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Azael:

        "only old people drive Cadillacs..." That's just stereotypical. A very good friend of mine, only 26 years old drives an '07 CTS-V... a girl no less. And she absolutely loves her car. She's planning to get this new one when it goes on sale too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Azael -
        No leaf springs on this puppy. Multilink, springs, and those crazy magnetorheological dampers that apparently work so darned well.
        The CTS and it's brethren (STS, SRX) use an amazingly modern chassis and suspension that is quite competitive with designs from the rest of the world. This is not an old Sedan De Ville.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Yar:
        No, it's thunder gray and she's from Detroit. Good luck with miss Dallas though. ;)
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's not a car at all.


        BMW couldn't best the SRT8 300 even with the M series. This Cady is going to blow their doors off.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Franz

        It wouldn't happen to be a Black CTS-V, and she wouldn't happen to be in Dallas, would she?
      • 7 Years Ago
      From the sounds of it, the CTS-V owns the sedan 0-60 and 1/4-mile for now.

      As a track car, the RS4 and RS6 are probably both a bit faster.

      • 7 Years Ago
      "CTS-V should destroy its German competition, specifically the BMW M5"

      Well, the Audi RS6's 580 horses will destroy this!
        • 7 Years Ago
        second that...RS6's 580 hp will give this car a beating.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, the 571hp of the Audi RS6 will need an aggressively short geared 8 speed automatic to 'destroy' this.

        If Audi would 'uncork' the torque, which is regulated to prevent damage to the 6 speed auto, then a not so aggressively short geared, say 30mph / 1K revs in 6th gear would be enough to 'destroy' said CTS-v.

        Short gearing would be 25mph per, in 6th gear. So top speed would be in 7th-about 200mph at 6700.

        Now, BMW hopefully is going to install their double clutch transmission into the M5 for '09, that will keep the M5 in the hunt, even with 'only' 500hp.
      • 7 Years Ago
      3.5 seconds? Holy Mary Mother of God...
      Thats incredible, nigh unbelievable. The Magnetic suspension must be able to find some serious traction. This is epic, there is no competition for this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car may lack some of the sophistication of the European brands, but I don't forsee anyone complaining once they press the loud pedal. I can see Jeremy hooning this thing around the Top Gear track already!
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