Equipped with a revised LS6 5.7-liter 400-horsepower V8 engine mated to a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission, the CTS-V is a highly refined performance sedan that's designed and engineered for driving enthusiasts, whether on the road or at the track.
Based upon GM's new rear-wheel-drive Sigma architecture - which also is the foundation for the CTS sedan, SRX luxury utility and future STS luxury sedan - the CTS-V incorporates a series of high-performance refinements tuned on the world's most renowned tracks, including the famed NÃ¼rburgring in Germany.
The result is the most powerful production car in Cadillac's lineup - and one that is engineered to more than hold it's own with some of the industry's most renowned high-performance luxury sport vehicles, including entries from the BMW M-series, Audi S-series and Mercedes-Benz AMG series.
CTS-V enters this prestigious club currently near - or at the top - of the high-performance luxury car niche in terms of horsepower per vehicle pound. The car is engineered with near 50/50 weight distribution and reaches 60 mph from in an estimated 4.6 seconds.
However, the CTS-V is about much more than raw power.
The exterior of the luxury sport sedan has been revised with purposeful enhancements, including: larger front and rear fascias and rockers; seven-spoke 18-inch flangeless wheels; dual investment-cast stainless steel exhaust tips; wire-mesh upper grille and lower front air intake; and badging that incorporates the distinctive Cadillac V-Series emblem.
Interior revisions include suede seat inserts to hold the driver in place during high-speed maneuvering; accent stitching throughout; driver and passenger adjustable lumbar; satin chrome and real aluminum accents; a lowered, shorter center armrest that ensures ergonomic manual shifting, especially in cases of high lateral G-force; and a completely revised instrument cluster with two Driver Information Center (DIC) readouts controlled by steering wheel mounted switches.
All work for the CTS-V was engineered by the newly formed GM Performance Division, an in-house center of expertise designed to explore potential enthusiast-oriented versions of production models.
No engineering, design or assembly functions were outsourced; making the vehicle a true original equipment offering.