Certified at 556 horsepower, acceleration times are top among V-8 sedans
As final testing of the limited-edition 2009 CTS-V
nears completion, the results suggest that Cadillac's upcoming sports
sedan is entering the stratosphere of the world's highest-performing
cars. Cadillac announces the following performance specifications for
all-new 2009 CTS-V:
- CTS-V, with its supercharged
6.2-liter LSA engine, has achieved SAE-certified peak output of 556
horsepower (415 kW) at 6100 rpm and 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm) of torque at
- CTS-V accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9
seconds. CTS-V covers the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 118 mph. These
acceleration times are believed to be the fastest for any V-8-powered
sedan currently in production.
More than just power, CTS-V
also includes a comprehensive suite of technical and design
enhancements, including Magnetic Ride Control and a new automatic
transmission with paddle-shift control. Cadillac pioneered Magnetic
Ride Control, the world's fastest-acting suspension, in 2004. The new
CTS-V employs a new version of this technology, enabling it to achieve
a remarkably wide bandwidth of capability that ranges from extreme
high-performance agility to the smooth road manners of a prestigious
CTS-V also manages power via an extremely
robust driveline. The car's limited-slip differential is made of cast
iron for extreme strength. Its limited-slip tuning enables excellent
high-speed stability along with comfortable low-speed maneuverability.
The prop shaft is heavy-duty and wheel hub bearings are stiffened and
bolstered to manage the car's remarkable energy. Axle half-shafts are
asymmetrical, a design that ensures smooth performance.
represents the full extension of our design, technology and performance
capabilities," said 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."
In testing May 8 at Germany's famed Nürburgring track, the 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 on factory-spec street tires.