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2009 Cadillac CTS-V



AutoWeek | Published 06/19/07, 9:42 am et
All Cadillac will say, with a wink, is that we can expect the 2009 CTS V-Series will be “all one color” and not this black-and-white camouflage checkerboard pattern when it arrives in 2008.

But our spies, who captured the second-generation CTS performance sedan running the Nürburgring, say a lot more. Look for the CTS-V—known internally as GMX322 V S/C—to use the LSA engine, a new supercharged, small-block V8 making 525 hp or better.

Like the STS-V, the new blown CTS will feature General Motors’ patented supercharger integrated into the intake manifold—the same setup we’re told will be used in the rumored Corvette SS/Blue Devil/Z07. Automatic and manual transmissions will be available, with an optional paddle shifter likely.

The first-gen CTS-V, fitted with a Corvette powertrain and transaxle, suffered from wheel hop. We’re told that’s eliminated in the 2009 model, thanks to a completely redone rear suspension. The ’09 will continue to use massive Brembo brakes all around.

GM vice chairman Bob Lutz says the 2009 CTS-V “will be at a power level only described as unexpectedly high” and that it should rival the BMW M5. After driving a prototype, Lutz reportedly said the car is “flat-out incredible” and that he’s “never driven anything like that.” Yes, we’d expect that from a GM insider, but Lutz does have some of the world’s top machinery at his disposal for comparison purposes.

CTS-V production should get under way in fall 2008 and will be limited to about 7000 units annually.
 

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Anyone think the cts v will offer AWD or will that be kept to V6 models?

Take a guess.
 

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My guess is that the CTS might offer a vanilla V8 option (non-V) and that model might be available in AWD - maybe. But no way would that AWD system be able to handle the V's power. So "No" to your question - JMHO.:thumbsup:
 
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