Breaks 8-minute barrier, fastest documented lap time for a production sedan
In testing this morning at Germany's Nurburgring, Cadillac's upcoming new 2009 CTS-V
completed a lap of the legendary Nordschleife in 7:59.32. This
blistering time appears to be the fastest ever publicly documented for
a production sedan.
Cadillac is nearing the completion of testing of the highly anticipated CTS-V,
the limited-edition high-performance model based on the award-winning
CTS sport sedan. John Heinricy, GM Performance Division executive and
an acclaimed racing driver, piloted the CTS-V through its sub-8
minute lap today. The car itself was equipped exactly as planned for
consumer production, which is scheduled to begin this fall.
Estimated at 550-hp, the CTS-V
is at the moment going through the final stages of intensive testing
and development. One of the realistic objectives of the Cadillac team
is to make the CTS-V the world's fastest production sedan, as a part of the overall goal to make the V-Series
Cadillac's ultimate expression of performance and technology. More
updates will be released in the coming weeks as testing is finalized,
including the car's certified SAE power ratings, acceleration
specifications and U.S.-market pricing.
of the car's breakthrough Nordschleife performance will be posted
online in the coming days at www.Cadillac.gmblogs.com. The eight-minute
mark has long been recognized as a major Nurburgring milestone,
reserved for race cars and the fastest exotic sports cars. While
there's no single official repository for Nurburgring data from private
test sessions, numerous reputable websites and publications report lap
times from race teams, automakers and independent sources.
The new 2009 CTS-V
includes a suite of advanced performance technologies, including a new
version of Cadillac's acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control suspension and a
LSA 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine. For the first time, CTS-V
will include the choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions,
with the new automatic sporting steering wheel-mounted shift buttons.