• Oct 23, 2009
2009 Cadillac CTS-V - Click above for high-res image gallery

In less than a week, Bob Lutz will be joined by a few automotive journalists and a handful of regular Joes at the Monticello Motor Club in New York to race some fast sedans around a fast track to see if anything with four doors can outrun a Cadillac CTS-V. Sounds like fun. But, after reading through the preliminary list of applicants The General has accepted, it's looking more and more like the cards are stacked heavily in GM's favor.

The three participating journalists include Jalopnik's Wes Siler, who will be racing Lutz in a Jaguar XFR; Jack Baruth representing The Truth About Cars and freelancer and New York Times contributor Lawrence Ulrich. We have no idea what the latter two journos will be piloting, but we do know that four private car owners will bring along their personal contenders: a BMW M3, a BMW M5, an Audi RS4 and finally, a, um, Cadillac CTS-V.

According to GM's Cadillac Notes Blog, there's room for a couple more contestants... and we're really hoping that someone (preferably someone with track experience) steps up to the plate with a Porsche Panamera and something with AMG written across the decklid to turn this into a proper sampling of potential spoilers.



[Source: Cadillac Notes]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      panamera turbo will beat it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow its like real stock car racing run what ya brung as they saying goes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      dude the CTS-V is going to spank 'em. That poor poor RS4, so awesome when new, so long in the tooth now.

      I tought autoblog was bringing something with real power?
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^By "him" I meant Lutz. I'd love to see the head of GM and the head of Audi of America duke it out in thier own personal daily drivers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was joking... at least partly.

        I firmly believe that the CTS-V is a very, very fast car - in the hands of someone who isn't 3,000 years old.

        I think that's why Lutz brought in the "ringer" with Heinricy.

        Still a great PR stunt and power to Bob for pulling it off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kudos to Matt,

        I recently drove a CTS-V. It is an awesome car. But nothing about the car made me "want" it. Dunno, hard to describe.

        I "wanted" an M3 or RS4 or C63 AMG. IS-F.....meh. The RS4 won out, despite not having the fastest lap splits, because the only track i ever put it on is I-45. Plus the Leiberman review put me over the top.

        I keep waiting for america to make a saloon I want. (I very much desire the Karma, does that count?)

        But unless someone bring something with AMG or Brabus written on the back, the CTS-V will dominate this particular competition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The RS4 is our customer. He has almost NO track experience... he's been to 1 track day and the car is bone stock. We suggested DOT-spec streat legal tires but he wasn't willing to spend the extra coin.

        Perhapse Johan de Nysschen should challange him in his 2009 RS6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GO BOB!
      • 5 Years Ago
      lame
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you've read the regulations they say that the entry cars have to be in roughly the same price range. A panamera turbo would be out of the question. I'd like to see something from Australia. The land where crazy horsepower 4 door saloons are still affordable. HSV, Falcon, you name it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does a panamera turbo compete with the caddy?
      It costs twice as much.

      If the point is just to prove it is faster, so be it, but that comparo wouldn't have much relevance to those cross shopping the CTS V.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, that's true, but it sure does make the cheaper car look a lot better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This. Might as well bring in a Rapide and Quattroporte just cuz. And yeah whoever said Evo, not a bad choice either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I entered to race him with my 09 Mustang Bullitt. Go figure I wouldn't get selected.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone should bring a Lancer Evo X to the proceedings for the lulz...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with 500. Even if they had an Evolution FQ-400, it wouldn't be able to compete with the CTS-V which has 556hp. Let's not forget that the CTS-V has the fastest time for a production sedan around the 'Ring. At speed12sil: No, I don't think the Evolution would be able to outhandle the Cadillac, don't get me wrong, I love the Evolution but the Cadillac has way more horsepower and its handling is still good enough at the corners. Unless people brought a heavily modified Evolution, like the one that HKS did, then it would be hard for the Caddy to keep it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did he give any reasons why the Evo X was denied?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Evo X probably got rejected because it can out handle the V in the corners by a noticeable margin, even though it's not as powerful.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You've got to be kidding. The Evo, with only about half the horsepower, would be a joke compared to the CTS-V. Might as well bring a Prius.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Someone applied to use his Evo X over at Jalopnik but was denied by GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This seems like the perfect kind of shenanigans for the boys from Top Gear to get into.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How in the world can Top Gear stay away from this!!! This sounds like something they set up...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh by the gods that would be hilarious if Top Gear was allowed to compete and bring any car that is in the same "Class" as the CTS-V. Then when Lutz asks "Who shall be driving?" the whole entire cast of people there shall all laugh as a man in a white helmet and suit walks out from out of the woods and everyone in unison says "..They say he is illegal in 46 states.. all we know is.. he's called the Stig!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        @jakesnake

        not if they could get him in a production Rapide
      • 5 Years Ago
      C63.....anybody ! !!! Please apply !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone should bring a G8 GXP and let Pontiac go out with some respect. Or at least crash the party. Ya think?
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