He who drives a Buick
- Feb 25, 2007
- St Louis, MO
- 98 Buick Park Avenue Ultra
I think he means that he is happy that Cadillac is producing these kinds of vehicles. Only a few years back all Cadillacs were front wheel drive.What do you mean?
Chris Doane risked considerable dampness to bring us back these spy shots of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V. The development mule is lightly camoflouged, but on the frent end we can clearly see mesh replacing the new Cadillac grille that's currently making the rounds of the luxury brand. Down low there's a deep chin spoiler, but we suspect your eyes are gravitating to that massive bulge on the hood. It hides a supercharger that's integrated into the intake manifold of the CTS-V's new small-block "LSA" motor. Sources say at least 500 horsepower is a given for the car, though most expect that number to reach at least 515 to 525 hp so that the Caddy can remain ahead of a BMW M5 in a streetlight fight.
In the shot above, you can see just how wide those rear tires have to be to handle all that twist. Likewise, from the side, it's evident that enormous Brembo discs and a plethora of pistons will be required to slow down the new CTS-V. Word has it that General Motors also completely reengineered the rear end to eliminate the axle hop for which the current model is infamous.
Known internally as "GMX322 V S/C", the 2009 CTS-V will likely begin production in September of 2008 and reach a maximum of 7,000 units per year. While the standard CTS is poised to shake up the luxury car segment as the first American attempt to build an honest-to-goodness world-class car, the CTS-V, its performance brethren, is shaping up as a supercar in sedan clothing.
The article says it will be a supercharged LS engine.Wait so it's getting a Supercharged Northstar? If so, awesome!
I know they mention bigger rubber, hopefully it's enough, the current CTS-V lacks in that department and even the heavy ass M5 has more grip than the caddy.
The new CTS would have to be pretty damn fast to be faster than the hot versions of the g8, the HSV version of it is already running sub 5sec 0-100km (just)Outside of the Corvette, Cadillac is the only part of GM producing serious performance cars. I know the G8 and Camaro are coming but neither of these cars will be able to touch this new CTS. It's because of cars like the CTS that the average Cadillac owner is now younger than the average Buick owner. That is also something that sounds strange to say.
A new round of spy photos show the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V with less disguise than ever before. The car is expected to use the new "LSA" Corvette motor, delivering at least 500 horsepower.
The CTS-V will feature a supercharger integrated into the intake manifold. This is the same setup the upcoming Corvette SS / Blue Devil will have with its LS9 motor. However, while the Corvette SS motor will be hand built at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI, the Cadillac's LSA motor will be built in a conventional motor plant.
Automatic and manual transmissions will be available, and an optional paddle shift feature is also anticipated.
Production on the new CTS V-Series will start in September of 2008, and will be limited to about 7000 units annually. Internally, GM is referring to the car as "GMX322 V S/C."
GM's Bob Lutz was recently quoted saying the 2009 CTS-V "will be at a power level only described as unexpectedly high." Then referencing the current BMW M5, Lutz said the CTS-V ?will suck the doors off? the competition if the new M5 isn't significantly better.
After driving a prototype, Lutz said "flat-out incredible. I?ve never driven anything like that.?
I was very worried when I didn't see any V-series cars in Cadillac's booth at the NY Auto Show this year. Glad to see it will still be around.the V series looks to stay around for a long time.