(from GM Press Release) Like
the original CTS, CTS-V was refined and validated at Germany’s
famed Nürburgring to meet the expectations of the world’s most avid
Equipped with a 5.7 liter, V-8 engine
expected to produce 400 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, CTS-V
marks Cadillac’s entrance into the high performance luxury car market.
The CTS-V represents the best of
what Cadillac has to offer in terms of luxury performance. Much more
than just a powerful engine, CTS-V is equipped with a standard
six-speed manual transmission, large performance brakes at all four
corners, 18-inch wheels and tires, retuned shock absorbers and steering
for the performance chassis changes and a host of interior and exterior
Serious performance credentials
Powertrain highlights include an LS-6 V-8
engine with aluminum block, two-valve cylinder heads, revisions to the
air induction system and an enlarged dual exhaust system for an
impressive V-8 sound.
Power is delivered through the six-speed
manual Tremec T56 transmission that features a dual mass flywheel for
reduced noise and vibration harshness. A heavy-duty, increased diameter,
70-mm prop shaft is utilized for the higher torque requirements. The
limited-slip rear axle is fitted with a 3.73:1 final drive ratio to
Following extensive development at the
Nürburgring test track, the entire brake system has been designed to
virtually eliminate brake fade in even the most spirited high
performance driving conditions.
Large four-piston Brembo brakes with
vented rotors measuring 355-mm by 32-mm are utilized up front while rear
brakes include four piston calipers with 365-mm by 28-mm rotors.
Included on the caliper casting is distinctiveV-Series
identification. Six-lug wheels are standard.
On the exterior, specific seven-spoke
18-inch x 8.5-inch aluminum wheels are new. Goodyear P245/45WR18 EMT
tires are standard.
StabiliTrak is standard equipment and
includes four driver-selected modes of operation, including a mode for
better track performance. The extensive chassis tuning includes new
shock absorbers and new front and rear stabilizer bar. The front
stabilizer bar is 26.5 mm in diameter and the rear stabilizer bar
measures 21 mm. Front and rear spring rates are increased by 27 percent.
On the exterior, the CTS-V
includes purposeful enhancements designed to increase performance,
including a completely new front fascia with an integrated aero splitter
for better aerodynamics and brake ducts vented to cool front brakes.
Stainless steel mesh grilles, both below and above the bumper, provide a
unique front appearance and allow for free air flow into the engine
compartment. Sides include an all-new aero rocker design that flows into
a new, specific rear fascia.
Underneath the hood, a tower-to-tower
cross car brace has been installed for improved steering response and
linearity under high-performance conditions.
To help reduce under-hood noise, a unique
nylon cover, which features the Cadillac Wreath and Crest and V-Series
logo, is fitted over the top of the engine.
Overall vehicle height is 1454.6 mm, and
rocker height is reduced to 196.7 mm in the front and 199 mm in the
A new, full-dual exhaust system exits
through the rear fascia and is capped with chrome oval exhaust tips. The
"V" logo appears on the deck lid and front fenders and also on brake
calipers, rocker panel and the speedometer in the instrument cluster.
Two exterior colors will be offered -
Light Platinum and Black Raven.
Interior geared toward performance
CTS-V offers a new instrument
cluster trimmed with satin chrome rings around each gauge.
Aircraft-style, white lettering on a black field is used on gauges for
better legibility. The speedometer reads up to 180 mph. The instrument
panel clock is replaced with an analog temperature gauge.
The instrument cluster also includes two
driver information centers (DIC) located within the instrument panel.
The left DIC can display
performance-oriented information including peak and momentary lateral
acceleration, oil, transmission and coolant temperatures and oil and
tire pressure. The right DIC indicates odometer, digital speedometer and
reverse gear and skip-shift indicators.
Other interior modifications include a
three-spoke steering wheel with an aluminum bezel and revised controls.
Satin chrome finishes also are utilized on the shift knob, door pulls
and door handles. The center armrest has been lowered significantly for
easier shifting during driving. The shifter boot is non-perforated
Driver and passenger seats include
adjustable lumbar and suede insert material to help maintain driver
position in lateral maneuvers. Two interior colors, Ebony and Light
Neutral, will be offered. Light-gray accent stitching is used throughout
the interior. Aluminum sill plates have been added to both front door
The new CTS-V will be produced at the Lansing Grand River
Assembly Plant, site for the CTS, all-new SRX luxury utility vehicle and
future STS luxury sedan.
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High-Performance Luxury Touring Sedan
Front engine, rear-wheel-drive
5.7L LS6 V-8, two valves per cylinder, 10.1:1 compression ratio
400 @ 6000 rpm
390 @ 4800 rpm
Tremec T56 six-speed manual
Final Drive Ratio
Weight Distribution (front/rear)
Overall Length (inches/mm)
18 x 8.5 inch aluminum
Goodyear P245/45WR18 EMT (Run Flat)
Less than 5 seconds
155 mph +