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Motors Press Release) As the
new CTS sport sedan earns accolades and new owners, Cadillac takes
the next leap forward by premiering the 2009 CTS-V, the brands
ultimate expression of performance and luxury.
Launching in the fourth quarter of 2008, the all-new CTS-V intends
to combine the serious performance of an elite sports car with the
poise and elegance of a prestigious luxury sedan. Part of Cadillacs
acclaimed V-Series of high-performance models, CTS-V delivers an
estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW). More than just power, CTS-V also
includes a comprehensive suite of technical and design enhancements,
including Magnetic Ride Control, an industry-first Performance
Traction Management program and the addition of a new automatic
transmission with paddle-shift control.
The CTS-V represents the full extension of our design, technology
and performance capabilities, says 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 worlds most
exclusive and capable cars.
As an all-new version of the CTS sport sedan was prepared for 2008,
Cadillac engineers and designers began to scheme a new CTS-V that
would reach much higher in terms of performance and luxury. Through
the original CTS-V, Cadillac proved it could develop a very potent,
high-performance sedan. The challenge for the 2009 model was
enhancing every aspect in a comprehensive manner, along with
reaching higher performance limits.
Several key technical and design elements combine to transform the
already highly capable CTS into the new V-Series. Like the existing
CTS, the V-Series is the product of an intensive development process
across North America and Europe, including famed test tracks and
millions of miles of road. Supporting Cadillacs ongoing global
expansion, the 2009 CTS-V is planned to be offered outside North
America for the first time, including exports to Europe, the Middle
East and Asia.
The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
features the worlds fastest-reacting suspension technology,
Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). It uses shocks controlled by
electro-magnets, rather than mechanical valves, greatly accelerating
response time. Electronic sensors at all four wheels literally read
the road every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping
to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of
body motions. This is of particular benefit for a high-performance
sedan, helping to keep the car very composed during hard cornering,
acceleration, braking and other dynamic maneuvers.
MRC technology first appeared on the Cadillac STS performance sedan
and has been used on some of the worlds most celebrated cars,
including the Chevrolet Corvette and a select few European sports
Enabling the precise control expected in a high-performance sedan,
the CTS-V features Performance Traction Management system, borrowed
from championship racing teams. This technology uses advanced
electronics to manage engine torque for optimal traction during
acceleration. In situations such as acceleration from a stop or
exiting corners, Performance Traction Management regulates torque
delivery for the best possible launch.
Performance Traction Management uses the same sort of electronics as
stability control programs such as Cadillacs StabiliTrak system,
but applies it in a different manner. Rather than monitoring and
controlling wheel slip to assist in stopping or slowing the car, PTM
regulates torque delivery to instantly match the available tire grip
for maximum acceleration.
CTS-V also includes sophisticated braking and tire systems, in
partnership with two companies renown for high-performance
technology: Brembo and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four
corners and include powerful, six-piston calipers in the front and
four-piston calipers in the rear. Michelin worked with Cadillac
engineers to develop its acclaimed Pilot Sport 2 (PS2) summer tire
for CTS-V and its 19-inch wheels.
And, of course, there is the matter of power. It has increased
nearly 35 percent for the 09 CTS-V, via a new 6.2L LSA supercharged
V-8 engine generating an estimated 550 hp (410 kW) and 550 lb.-ft.
(745 Nm) of torque. The engine delivers this power with remarkable
refinement. A sixth-generation Eaton supercharger minimizes the
added noise previously associated with supercharged engines, and
tightly controls intake air temperature for optimal performance.
Transmission choices include either a six-speed manual or an
exclusive, six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle
shifters. It is the first automatic offered on the CTS-V.
Accentuated design elements
The 2009 CTS-V extends
Cadillacs acclaimed design language, both inside and out. The
V-Series includes all the elements of the CTS sport sedans well
received cabin, while adding some elegant and purposeful accents.
V-Series will offer Recaro performance driving seats, providing
excellent support for spirited driving and adding to the luxurious
and purposeful interior. These new, 14-way adjustable performance
seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushion and
A microfiber material is added to the steering wheel, seats and
shifter, providing the soft feel and luxurious appearance of suede
without suedes inherent drawbacks of difficult care and moisture
sensitivity. These accents on the steering wheel, seat inserts and
shifter are elegant to the touch and help support high-performance
The cars integrated center stack is trimmed with a new Obsidian
material that is also applied to the center console and door trim.
Just like every CTS, the V-Series includes a hand-stitched
instrument panel, door trim and center console. Leading-edge
infotainment features, including a 40-gigabyte hard drive, advanced
navigation system with a pop-up screen and Bose digital surround
audio, extend to the V-Series, as well as factory-installed
The exterior of the new CTS-V amplifies the assertive stance and
elegant details of the standard car, and communicates the cars
remarkable capabilities. The dihedral Cadillac grille is larger to
enable more air intake and features a satin finish. The raised hood
encompasses the supercharged engine, and new front and rear fascias
identify the vehicle as a V-Series. The cars 19-inch wheels enhance
its stance on the road.
The founding member of the V-Series, CTS-V was initially offered in
2004 and sold primarily in North America through the 2007 model
year. The supercharged STS-V and XLR-V were added in 2006 to make
the V-Series an exclusive trio of models all capable of zero-to-60
acceleration in less than five seconds with enhanced overall
performance and luxury features.