click above for a new high-res gallery of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
This week the
communications crew invited a group of media out to
' Milford Proving Ground for a special preview of the new second-generation
. We first saw the
last January at the
Detroit Auto Show
and more information has been dribbling in the intervening time period. A few weeks back,
resident speed demon engineer John Heinricy took a production spec CTS-V to an
all-time lap record of 7:59.32
for a production sedan at the Nürburgring, and this week Cadillac revealed the
official SAE certified power numbers
for the super-Caddie at 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque.
When we got to Milford our handlers took us out to a tent by the Lutz-ring test track where we found three CTS-Vs and various displays of the hardware contained within. Heinricy was on hand as well to tell the tale of the "fast lap" last month. For those who may not have been paying sufficient attention over the past 6 months, the CTS-V is GM's answer to all those German uber-sedans like the
and, of course, the one that started the madness, the
. Read on after the jump to learn more about what makes this
so special and what it was like to go for a ride.
Four videos after the jump, including burn-out runs from both inside and outside the new 2009 Cadillac CTS-V.
Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.
You read that right, we rode in it. Cadillac wasn't quite ready to let us climb behind the wheel, but we did get to ride shotgun with some of GM's top engineers. One of the three cars on hand for this event, the silver one, was the same car that John Heinricy drove to a 7:59.32 lap at the
last month. All three cars had the same production level hardware. The only difference with the silver car was fire safety equipment, a pair of racing seats and a brace to which were attached the required five-point safety harness. Cadillac took three CTS-Vs to Germany for a final round of validation testing on the 'Ring, as well as the autobahn. As the clock was running down on the team's track rental, there was only time for one full hot lap. Since they didn't have time to go all the way around the 12-mile circuit to cross the start/finish line at speed, Heinricy went back three corners to make a running start and then blistered the track as time ran out.