January 23, 2008 Set to hit the market in Q4 2008 and to be sold for the first time in markets outside North America, Cadillac's new addition to the high-performance V-Series line - the 2009 CTS-V - boasts an array of performance enhancing technologies built around a new 6.2L LSA supercharged V-8 engine producing an estimated 550 hp (410 kW) and 550 lb.-ft. (745 Nm) of torque. These include an industry-first Performance Traction Management program, a new automatic transmission with paddle-shift control and a Magnetic Ride Control system that utilizes electro magnetic shocks and electronic sensors at each wheel to deliver what's billed as the world’s fastest-reacting suspension. The cars' blend of luxury and performance extends to an extensive on-board infotainment suite that includes a 40-gigabyte hard drive, factory-installed Bluetooth, Bose digital surround audio and an advanced navigation system.
Embracing and adding to several key technical and design elements developed for the 2008 CTS sport sedan including the cabin design, the all-new CTS-V features 14-way adjustable Recaro performance driving seats, a new hand-stitched Obsidian trim throughout and a microfiber covering on the steering wheel, seats and shifter that's designed to mimic the appearance of suede without its inherent drawbacks of difficult care and moisture sensitivity.
The Magnetic Ride Control suspension which first appeared on the Cadillac STS and more recently the Chevrolet Corvette as well as some European sports cars like the Audi TT, reacts to road conditions in a time-frame of milliseconds, making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of body motions keeping the car composed during hard cornering, acceleration and braking.
The Performance Traction Management system uses advanced electronics to regulate torque delivery to match the available tire grip for maximum acceleration. The electronics is similar to stability control programs such as Cadillac’s StabiliTrak system but is applied for the purpose of optimal acceleration rather than monitoring and controlling wheel slip to assist in stopping or slowing the car.
Brembo brakes are at all four corners (six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear) and the Pilot Sport 2 (PS2) tires from Michelin cover the CTS-V's 19-inch wheels.
Accommodated by a larger dihedral Cadillac grille, the engine's 550 hp (410 kW) output represents a jump of 35 percent on previous V-series models with a sixth-generation Eaton supercharger minimizing the note and precisely controlling intake air temperature.
Transmission options for the new CTS-V include either a six-speed manual or an exclusive, six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters (the first automatic offered on the CTS-V).
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.
Unveiled this month in Detroit, 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.