• Oct 17, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V

The Cadillac CTS-V has already proven that its impressive power stats translate nicely to the track with sub-8 minute 'Ring times and a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. The General is also positioning its new 556-hp halo sedan as a performance bargain, having announced today that it will go on sale around November 1 with a starting price of just $59,995. That's more than $40,000 cheaper than the less powerful XLR-V, and we'd argue the CTS-V is more attractive with its v2.0 Art and Science styling and works much better as a daily driver with its back seat and usable trunk. The CTS-V also makes the larger $80,900 STS-V sedan completely irrelevant considering its 86-hp power advantage, improved aesthetics and quicker moves. Even the vaunted BMW M5 with its higher starting price of $83,900 and less powerful 500-hp 5.0L V10 engine can't touch the CTS-V in price or performance.


[Source: GM]

PRESS RELEASE

Cadillac's All-New 2009 CTS-V Ready For Launch

The 2009 CTS-V, Cadillac's 556-hp expression of ultimate performance and luxury, begins production this month with initial sales beginning around November 1. The latest in the brand's V-Series of high performance models, the new CTS-V is intended to reach the top of the world's most desirable luxury cars, at a starting price of $59,995 in the US market.

"The launch of the new CTS-V presents a compelling proposition for luxury and performance enthusiasts," says Mark McNabb, North America vice president, Cadillac/Premium Channel. "The CTS-V is a strong statement about Cadillac design and technology and a new member in the club of the highest performing luxury cars."

The CTS-V, based on Cadillac's critically acclaimed CTS sports sedan, expresses the full extent of the brand's dramatic design and technology. Designed to enter the stratosphere of the world's fastest and most exclusive luxury sedans, CTS-V includes advanced performance technology such as a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine and Magnetic Ride Control, the world's fastest reacting suspension.

The new CTS-V comes standard with a nearly complete collection of features, including a hand-crafted cabin, a 6-speed manual transmission and a Bose surround sound system with a 40-gigabyte hard drive with a USB port. In addition there are a few options available, including a new 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted shift buttons, 14-way adjustable Recaro performance seats, microfiber interior accents and a large "Ultra-View" sunroof.
"Along with the new Escalade Hybrid, the CTS-V is a key aspect in Cadillac's ongoing renaissance, with dramatic designs and very sophisticated technologies for luxury consumers," McNabb said. "These two new high-tech Cadillac models pave the way for a series of new Cadillac models coming in 2009, including the upcoming CTS Sport Wagon and SRX Crossover."


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      • 6 Years Ago
      A 5 series is far from Perfect in terms of proportion or styling. It has NEVER been what anyone would describe as a "LOOKER" but performance and a BMW badge ensures its lust worthy....

      I own a M3 so i do have a soft spot for the M brand but only a fool would dismiss a CTS V without closer inspection... and that same fool would be handed his own ass whenever he ran across a CTS V or GTR for that matter!

      Image.....?? PFT!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This stupid car was bult to take on BMW, Audi, and Mercedes. Is there a flood of the owners of those cars rushing to Cadillac dealers to trade their 5 Series, A6s, and E Classes in for a CTS? I doubt, it, I SERIOUSLY doubt it, so no matter how fast it goes or how well it (supposedly) performs in corners, it is a FAILURE. It'll sell to a few lost and confused Cadillac die hards starved for new product, while the intended audience sneers at it, snickers at it, and or ignores it while sticking to their BMWs, Audis, and Mercs. Nice waste of time and money Cadillac, WOO HOO!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay, awesome price. But keep in mind it's "from $59,995." GM and Cadillac especially love to bundle packages together that quickly add pork to that base price. Actually, most manufacturers do so I'm not just singling out GM. I expect the "with stuff" version to swell about 10 grand. Is there a gas guzzler tax?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did you bother to read the press release? why do people post without reading the press release? Options are an auto trans and the sports seats. I dont think those two things will total $10k. Even if it comes in at $70k loaded that is less than a loaded M3 and way less than a loaded M5. The M3 has several options that balloon its sticker price significantly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok, first off your condescending tone is not needed. Second, I don't need to read the press release because I have the build data sitting in front of me. And it indicates that there will be a gas guzzler charge, which hasn't been calculated yet, because the EPA hasn't finalized testing the vehicle. But it will probably be between $1000-$1500 since that's what's on the other -V models.

        The destination charge is $775. The navigation system is NOT STANDARD meaning the rear camera options (if available) will also NOT BE STANDARD. Generally, manufacturers PACKAGE SIMILAR CONTENT together, and it's USUALLY $4-8k for components like this. It's commonly referred to as the premium package, technology package, or an alphanumeric combo codes like 1SA, 2SS, 3LT (for other GM products), and so on.

        Do yourself a favor next time and make the logical assumption that other people who post on autoblog also know a thing or two about the automotive industry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      (Previosuly stated ad-nauseum) 06 CTS-V owner here applauding GM to the point of breaking my hands.

      They've fixed every issue with the V1 (although I still _love_ mine, minor quarks and all) and made a world-beater at an awesome price. This is exotic level performance plus refinement at a not just reasonable, but incredibly fair price.

      Big arsed' Kudos to The General and Caddy. Can't wait to see the Caddy team racing these.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Andrew, as a little boy growing up outside of continental America (In Puerto Rico), the big Cadillac represented something special to me, and many other folks on the island. After we moved here a couple of older family members bought big Cadillacs to represent success. Those Cadillacs were big, comfortable, classy, smooth riding luxury cars, not imitation BMWs. I've always wanted a Cadillac of my own and am within a short time of being able to afford it. It seems that Cadillac has turned it's back on those of us like myself who love the big comfortable Cadillacs of old by killing the Eldorado, shrinking the STS, letting the DTS wither away, and building these stupid fake BMWs. I'm pissed about that, and I'm going to say so. I'm sick and tired of Cadillac spitting on it's great heritage of big luxury cars trying to please people who never gave a damn about the brand and who never will! As for your "info", well I heard that it was the STS that was on it's way out while the DTS would stick around. The STS is a FLOP, compared to the BIGGER car which it replaced which sold like hot cakes, the opinions of BMW fans here tell me clearly that your kool aid comments are figments of your imagination, and I heard the same said about the Lincoln LS. Where is that car now andrew? Like I already said, this CTS will be LS II.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes this Cadillac is very good. But speaking for the Europe everyone will choose a M5 or an Amg also becouse this car is 75000+ euro. The Europeans choose the BMW and Benzes because there is no way they can trust more in the reliability of BMW than the reliability of a Cadillac (any american and asian cars for that matter).

      Yes the car is cheaper but for an European executive it doesn't meter. They are looking for high luxury cars which can go very fast on the autobahn.

      The only American luxury cars that the Europeans buy are Escalades and Hummers because they look good (and badass).

      And I guess in California is the same history too !!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The Europeans choose the BMW and Benzes because there is no way they can trust more in the reliability of BMW than the reliability of a Cadillac (any american and asian cars for that matter)."

        I meant the other way around. The Europeans trust more in the reliability of the BMW and Benzes.

        Sorry English is not ma native language.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is just amazing... I'll peronally wait for the CTC-V to come :) I just like driving two door cars. I still don't understand how someone could buy any other car in the midsise uber-sedan class? The CLS63, RS6 and anthing else I missed seem half-assed base cars with a bigger engine (save the M5, that thing is cool). The level of engineering that went into this is amazing, the laptimes show that GM put more work into this than BMW did into the M5.

      And after seeing this car in person at the NY Auto Show, I have to say it looks more agressive than the M5. I know that looks are purely subjective, but the current 5series is not exactly a beauty queen... not that I think it's ugly, just not sports car pretty :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Amazing car! I would definitely consider it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The CTS V is yet another american car, giving you more for less. In every class of car, their is an american car that does it better for less money.

      The V is good looking, fast, comfortable and handles well.

      Those of you m5 lovers, get over it, you aren't first anymore. You had a good run, but it's over now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Following your comments to conclusion, then our domestics should have 97% of the US market share...oops! They are under 50% market share. I am Switzerland on the import vs domestic debate, having owned both...and lots of em' in the past, so how do you explain why imports outsell domestics here...is half the country moronic??? And which half??? Or are you paying attention???
      • 6 Years Ago
      WAY overpriced! I wouldn't pay $5.90 nor 59 cents for this piece of crap fake Caddy. I'd like to thank all of the people here who said they STILL prefer a BMW to this junk for proving me right that Cadillac has wasted it's time building this junk. Haha, those people will NEVER accept you Caddy, give it up and go back to building REAL Cadillacs, like the new DTS that is way overdue.
      Andrew
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Some of the comments I'm seeing on here are amazing. The GT-R looks like a ''box'' and apparently Cadilac's arn't highclass. Am I missing something here? Because I always thought since it's inception that Cadilac's main objective was to be the highest value, low paper vehicle that America can/could produce? And are you missing the fact that the interior is HAND BUILT...yeah, that pretty much says it all. BMW's, Mercedes', and most other German/European auto manufacturers are all about the huge price tag, not about trying to squeeze as much out of every aspect of a car that you can for less than a house (less than 150k). Seriously, anyone that thinks that the new CTS-V is a car to joke about. Pull up next to it at a stop light, attempt to race whomever's driving it, and figure out that there's not much outside of maybe a 2-door purpose built race car (Dodge Viper ACR maybe) that can touch it especially around that price range.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a BMW and have owned an M3 in the past, but I would take this over an M5.
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