The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V begins production in August, 2008 and is an impressive 35% more powerful than previous CTS models thanks to its new Eaton supercharger. It can go from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds in part to the new CTS-V’s engine (LSA V-8), which is based off of the Corvette’s ZR1 engine. Moreover, the LSA V-8 engine is a 6.2 liter, V-8 that delivers a mind-blowing 550 hp and 550 lb-ft. of torque. The 2009 CTS-V averages 16 mpg in city driving conditions and 25 mpg in highway driving conditions.
Transmission-wise, this is the first time Cadillac has produced an automatic transmission for the CTS-V. The automatic transmission uses a Hydra-Matic 6L90, 6-speed automatic transmission. A unique feature for the automatic will be the optional top-shifting ability which can be achieved using the steering wheel shifter or console shift lever. Cadillac will also continue to produce the CTS-V in a 6-speed manual transmission using the Tremec TR 6060, which is the same manual transmission found in the Corvette ZR1.
Traction control and ride stability are achieved by the use of Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and a combination of steel/aluminum rotors with Brembo brakes. To provide excellent road stability and stopping control, wheel sensors, located in each wheel, read road conditions every millisecond and adjust the ride accordingly. The 19” wheels are covered in Michelin Sport 2 tires. New this year to the CTS-V is the use of an electronic parking brake.
The 2009 CTS-V’s exterior features a higher roof (for more interior headroom), a vented hood, and mesh grille. Interior features include 14-way adjustable Recaro performance seats, a Bose digital audio system, 40GB hard drive, and a navigation system. The fabric used on all of the “touchable” parts of the CTS-V (seats, steering wheel, shifter), is a synthetic, suede-like, water-resistant fabric that requires easy care. Cadillac’s goal in the 2009 CTS-V’s cockpit is to provide the driver with more leg room, which is essential to long-distance traveling, and helps drivers feel as if they are in a long-distance auto race.
While price estimates vary on the cost of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, ranges suggest anywhere from the high 50’s to the low $60’s, with many experts estimating a price around $62,000. The 2009 CTS-V should be available in dealers starting late 2008 or early 2009. Cadillac is offering the CTS-V model for sale outside of the U.S., in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East for the first time, beginning in 2009.