The Cadillac CTS first arrived in 2003, and it was one of the most exciting new Caddies in recent memory. Even more exciting, and somewhat surprising, was the high-performance CTS-V model arrived in 2004. Fast forward a few years, and with the introduction of the second-generation CTS in 2008 it was only a matter of time before a “V” would arrive. The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V delivers on every promise of a potent, head-turning performance sedan that put rivals from around the world on notice.
The CTS-V is powered by a supercharged 6.2L LSA V8 engine, making 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. This engine is based on the LS9 V-8 from the C6 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The LSA routes power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with paddle-shifters.
Cadillac also provided the 2009 CTS-V with an advanced MagneRide suspension system. Dampers are filled with a special magnetorheological fluid that adjust based on a sensor system that responds to the road every millisecond.
High performance Brembo brakes are found at all four corners, as are 19-inch wheels (9 inches wide in the front, 9.5 the rear), and Michelin Pilot Sport performance tires. The CTS-V visually separates itself from the rest of the Cadillac CTS lineup with a chrome mesh grille, a pronounced power-dome hood, and a far more aggressive lower front valance.
Inside, the CTS-V features a combination of leather and Alcantara upholstery. The alcantara is a type of suede-like material, and provides grip even if your hands are sweating in hard driving. The must-have option to look for are the 14-way Recaro sport bucket seats. These seats are heated and cooled, and provide fantastic bolstering in corners.