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Detroit 2008: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V unveiling w/ live shots

Update: Video of the CTS-V live reveal are available
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If you look at the picture above, you can easily imagine Maximum Bob shouting, "I told you folks that it'd be <bleeping> spectacular!" Those of course were not his exact words during the intro of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, but the sentiment was approximately the same.

We've already covered the technical details, but in case anyone has been disconnected from the world for the past week, here's what is important - 550 HP and 550 lb-ft of torque from the supercharged LSA 6.2L V8, huge Brembo brakes front and rear, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and a choice of a manual or automatic (each carrying six forward ratios). Huge Michelin Pilot radials wrap the 19" wheels, and inside are a pair of seriously sporty Recaro buckets with 14-way adjustment. If there has ever been a four-door embodiment of the Corvette spirit, this is it.

We've already started behaving well, just in case Santa is thinking of bringing us one next Christmas. Rest assured, though, that our behavior behind the wheel of the CTS-V would earn us several years of coal in our stocking along with a revoked driver's license - and it'd be worth it.



DETROIT - As the new CTS sport sedan earns accolades and new owners, Cadillac takes the next leap forward by premiering the 2009 CTS-V, the brand's ultimate expression of performance and luxury.

Launching in the fourth quarter of 2008, the all-new CTS-V intends to combine the serious performance of an elite sports car with the poise and elegance of a prestigious luxury sedan. Part of Cadillac's acclaimed V-Series of high-performance models, CTS-V delivers an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW). More than just power, CTS-V also includes a comprehensive suite of technical and design enhancements, including Magnetic Ride Control, an industry-first Performance Traction Management program and the addition of a new automatic transmission with paddle-shift control.

"The CTS-V represents the full extension of our design, technology and performance capabilities," says 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."

As an all-new version of the CTS sport sedan was prepared for 2008, Cadillac engineers and designers began to scheme a new CTS-V that would reach much higher in terms of performance and luxury. Through the original CTS-V, Cadillac proved it could develop a very potent, high-performance sedan. The challenge for the 2009 model was enhancing every aspect in a comprehensive manner, along with reaching higher performance limits.

Several key technical and design elements combine to transform the already highly capable CTS into the new V-Series. Like the existing CTS, the V-Series is the product of an intensive development process across North America and Europe, including famed test tracks and millions of miles of road. Supporting Cadillac's ongoing global expansion, the 2009 CTS-V is planned to be offered outside North America for the first time, including exports to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Sophisticated technical enhancements
The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V features the world's fastest-reacting suspension technology, Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). It uses shocks controlled by electro-magnets, rather than mechanical valves, greatly accelerating response time. Electronic sensors at all four wheels literally "read the road" every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of body motions. This is of particular benefit for a high-performance sedan, helping to keep the car very composed during hard cornering, acceleration, braking and other dynamic maneuvers.

MRC technology first appeared on the Cadillac STS performance sedan and has been used on some of the world's most celebrated cars, including the Chevrolet Corvette and a select few European sports cars.

Enabling the precise control expected in a high-performance sedan, the CTS-V features Performance Traction Management system, borrowed from championship racing teams. This technology uses advanced electronics to manage engine torque for optimal traction during acceleration. In situations such as acceleration from a stop or exiting corners, Performance Traction Management regulates torque delivery for the best possible launch.

Performance Traction Management uses the same sort of electronics as stability control programs such as Cadillac's StabiliTrak system, but applies it in a different manner. Rather than monitoring and controlling wheel slip to assist in stopping or slowing the car, PTM regulates torque delivery to instantly match the available tire grip for maximum acceleration.

CTS-V also includes sophisticated braking and tire systems, in partnership with two companies renown for high-performance technology: Brembo and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful, six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Michelin worked with Cadillac engineers to develop its acclaimed Pilot Sport 2 (PS2) summer tire for CTS-V and its 19-inch wheels.

And, of course, there is the matter of power. It has increased nearly 35 percent for the '09 CTS-V, via a new 6.2L LSA supercharged V-8 engine generating an estimated 550 hp (410 kW) and 550 lb.-ft. (745 Nm) of torque. The engine delivers this power with remarkable refinement. A sixth-generation Eaton supercharger minimizes the added noise previously associated with supercharged engines, and tightly controls intake air temperature for optimal performance.

Transmission choices include either a six-speed manual or an exclusive, six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It is the first automatic offered on the CTS-V.

Accentuated design elements
The 2009 CTS-V extends Cadillac's acclaimed design language, both inside and out. The V-Series includes all the elements of the CTS sport sedan's well received cabin, while adding some elegant and purposeful accents.

V-Series will offer Recaro performance driving seats, providing excellent support for spirited driving and adding to the luxurious and purposeful interior. These new, 14-way adjustable performance seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushion and backrest.

A microfiber material is added to the steering wheel, seats and shifter, providing the soft feel and luxurious appearance of suede without suede's inherent drawbacks of difficult care and moisture sensitivity. These accents on the steering wheel, seat inserts and shifter are elegant to the touch and help support high-performance driving.

The car's integrated center stack is trimmed with a new Obsidian material that is also applied to the center console and door trim. Just like every CTS, the V-Series includes a hand-stitched instrument panel, door trim and center console. Leading-edge infotainment features, including a 40-gigabyte hard drive, advanced navigation system with a "pop-up" screen and Bose digital surround audio, extend to the V-Series, as well as factory-installed Bluetooth capability.

The exterior of the new CTS-V amplifies the assertive stance and elegant details of the standard car, and communicates the car's remarkable capabilities. The dihedral Cadillac grille is larger to enable more air intake and features a satin finish. The raised hood encompasses the supercharged engine, and new front and rear fascias identify the vehicle as a V-Series. The car's 19-inch wheels enhance its stance on the road.

The founding member of the V-Series, CTS-V was initially offered in 2004 and sold primarily in North America through the 2007 model year. The supercharged STS-V and XLR-V were added in 2006 to make the V-Series an exclusive trio of models all capable of zero-to-60 acceleration in less than five seconds with enhanced overall performance and luxury features.




2009 Cadillac CTS-V

Body style / driveline:

rear-drive four-door high-performance luxury sedan


unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension assembly

EPA vehicle class

midsize car

Manufacturing location:

Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing, Michigan

Key competitors:

BMW M-5, Mercedes Benz E55 AMG, Mercedes Benz E63 AMG



6.2L supercharged V-8 (LSA)

Displacement (cu in / cc):

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

4.06 / 103.25 x 3.62 / 92 mm

Block material:

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum


overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder;

0.492-in (12.5 mm) lift


Gen. 6 R19 with single brick intercooler; 1.9L displacement w/4-lobe rotor design

Fuel delivery:

SFI; center feed


direct-mount ignition coils; extended-life dual platinum-tipped spark plugs

Compression ratio:


Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

550 / 410 @ 6200 (est)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

550 / 745 @ 6200 (est)

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended but not required

Maximum engine speed (rpm):


Additional features:

pan-mounted oil cooler; cast pistons; high-flow cylinder heads; block-mounted piston squirters; steel crankshaft w/ 8-bolt flange; close-mounted converters; acoustic engine cover; E67 engine controller

Estimated fuel economy:




Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual; fully synchronized with single overdrive

Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Gear ratios (:1)






















Final Drive Ratio:



Chassis & Suspension

Front suspension:

independent SLA; 29-mm hollow stabilizer bar; elastomeric handling and ride bushings; 65-N/mm spring rate; Magnetic Ride Control with electro-magnetically controlled shocks

Rear suspension:

independent SLA; 24-mm solid stabilizer bar; elastomeric trailing arm bushing; 90-N/mm spring rate; Magnetic Ride Control with electro-magnetically controlled shocks


19 x 9-inch; forged alloy, 5-lug (front)
19 x 9.5-inch, forged alloy, 5-lug (rear)


255/40R19 Michelin PS2; summer Z-rated (front)
285/35R19 Michelin PS2; summer Z-rated (rear)


four-wheel disc with four-channel ABS, hydraulic brake assist and dynamic rear brake proportioning

front rotors:

vented; co-cast; 380 mm x 32 mm

rear rotors:

vented; 373 mm x 28 mm

front calipers:

aluminum; six-piston

rear calipers:

aluminum; four-piston


power-assisted rack-and-pinion;

Steering ratio


Turns lock-to-lock


Turn radius (ft / m)

37.9 / 11.55

Additional features:

standard: StabiliTrak (four-channel, four mode); traction control; engine drag control
optional: Performance Traction Management



Wheelbase (in / mm):

113.4 / 2880

Overall length (in / mm):

191.6 / 4866

Overall width (in / mm):

72.5 / 1842

Overall height (in / mm):

58.0 / 1472

Track (in / mm):

front: 61.8 / 1570
rear: 62.0 / 1575

Curb weight (lb / kg):

manual: 4200 / 1905 (est)
automatic: 4300 / 1950 (est)

Weight distribution (% front / rear):

54 / 46

Approach Angle (deg)


Departure Angle (deg)


Tumblehome (deg.



Headroom (in / mm):

front: 38.8 / 986
rear: 37.2 / 944

Leg room (in / mm):

front: 42.4 / 1078
rear: 35.9 / 913

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 56.7 / 1441
rear: 57.4 / 1390

Hip room (in / mm):

front: 55.1 / 1400
rear: 54.1 / 1375


EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L):

98 / 2775

EPA trunk volume (cu ft / L):

13.6 / 385

Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):


Fuel tank (gal / L):

18.0 / 68

Engine oil (qt / L):


Cooling system (qt / L):


Seating Capacity (front / rear)

2 / 3

Drag Coefficient


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