As further proof of its ongoing product renaissance, Cadillac today unveiled the most powerful production car ever in its lineup, the CTS-V. CTS-V is the first model to be developed by the new General Motors Performance Division, an in-house center designed to explore potential enthusiast-oriented versions of production models.
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 driving enthusiasts. 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 styling refinements.
Powertrain highlights include an LS-6 V-8 engine with aluminium 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 optimize acceleration. 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.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004
"I traded my 2002 Z06 for a CTS-V two weeks ago. Let there be no mistake about itłthe C5 in general and the Z06 in particular are terrific, if not perfect, automobiles. I simply couldn't use the Corvette enough. So, I opted for something practical, usable, and quick. I looked at a lot of cars and opted for the CTS-V. (I still can't see myself owning a Cadillac, but as my wife said, ""This is NOT a Cadillac."" My impressions so far are good. The extra 700 pounds take their toll on Z06 performance, but the car is nonetheless quick. It's rock solid, handles great, and comfortable. And its usable. Brembos are terrific. Lots of features. Lots to learn. So far, I'd do it again, but I do miss the Z06"
The new CTS-V is Great!
Man this is such a beautiful car, and now I feel ready to retire the camaro to the garage as a project car and replace it with something as equally performed, and way more luxurious. This is probably what i have been waiting for, for quite some time now. And what more could one ask for, an m6 offered in it too. I seen some comments regarding not having formula 1 transmissions or even tiptronic transmissions, however the reality is behind such a powerful motor those transmissions would flop (and in due time). The 50/50 weight distribution @ 3800 lbs is also a plus for such a luxurious and apparently comforting ride. My '98 Camaro Z28 doesn't have near 50/50 weight distribution and weighs is at 3800 lbs as well. Great Kudos to GM!
You are getting there!
I'm a true American muscle car fan, I own a ę69 impala ss, so I think your Cadi rocks, I also think finally G.M. is recovering the pride and passion of the good old days. Unfortunately I must agree with some of the comments displayed here, if I'm going to pay 50k for the CTS-V I expect to be able to choose from a very wide colour spectrum, and just a suggestion, the new Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, has a Formula one shifter on the stirring wheel, can't Cadillac put one too on its CTS-V? DOESN'T SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE CAR DESERVE TO HAVE THE BEST OF THE BEST? common, you're definitely on the right track but in my Opinion Cadillac should be better than BMW, Mercedes or any body else out there, Hope to continue seeing wonderful developments for Cadillac and the whole of the G.M. line for the years to come. You can get there, risk a little more it will pay off. Way to go!!!