It’s official! The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V gets 556 horsepower and hits 60 in 3.9 seconds. The quarter mile comes in twelve seconds flat!

With 556 HP at 6,100 RPM and 551 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 RPM, the new CTS-V is the fastest production Cadillac ever made. In case you were wondering – there’s really no advantage to the manual version over the automatic – unless you plan on going over 175 miles per hour – because that’s where you’ll want the manual – which reaches 191 miles per hour. So unless you like shifting (which some people do), than feel free to go with the automatic. You’ll appreciate it in traffic.

In any event, 556 hp is a little less than the 567 hp we anticipated – but more than the 550 Cadillac hinted on several months ago. So, I’m sure everyone will be happy. I only wonder what a modified “V” will do…

2009 CTS-V Performance Reaches The Stratosphere

Certified at 556 horsepower, acceleration times are top among V-8 sedans

MILFORD, Mich. – As final testing of the limited-edition 2009 CTS-V nears completion, the results suggest that Cadillac’s upcoming sports sedan is entering the stratosphere of the world’s highest-performing cars. Cadillac announces the following performance specifications for all-new 2009 CTS-V:

CTS-V, with its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA engine, has achieved SAE-certified peak output of 556 horsepower (415 kW) at 6100 rpm and 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm) of torque at 3800 rpm.

CTS-V accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. CTS-V covers the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 118 mph. These acceleration times are believed to be the fastest for any V-8-powered sedan currently in production.

More than just power, CTS-V also includes a comprehensive suite of technical and design enhancements, including Magnetic Ride Control and a new automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. Cadillac pioneered Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-acting suspension, in 2004. The new CTS-V employs a new version of this technology, enabling it to achieve a remarkably wide bandwidth of capability that ranges from extreme high-performance agility to the smooth road manners of a prestigious luxury sedan.

CTS-V also manages power via an extremely robust driveline. The car’s limited-slip differential is made of cast iron for extreme strength. Its limited-slip tuning enables excellent high-speed stability along with comfortable low-speed maneuverability. The prop shaft is heavy-duty and wheel hub bearings are stiffened and bolstered to manage the car’s remarkable energy. Axle half-shafts are asymmetrical, a design that ensures smooth performance.

“CTS-V represents the full extension of our design, technology and performance capabilities,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. “The V-Series takes the award-winning CTS sport sedan and elevates it to a position within the club of the world’s most exclusive and capable cars.”

In testing May 8 at Germany’s famed Nürburgring track, the new 2009 CTS-V completed a lap of the legendary Nordschleife in 7:59.32. This blistering time appears to be the fastest ever publicly documented for a production sedan on factory-spec street tires.

One of the realistic objectives of the Cadillac team is to make the CTS-V the world’s fastest production sedan, as a part of the overall goal to make the V-Series Cadillac’s ultimate expression of performance and technology. A video of the car’s breakthrough Nürburgring performance is online in many locations, including Cadillac’s home on the Internet (, and at the blog documenting Cadillac performance development (

0-60 in “under 4″ / 1/4 mile in 12 seconds flat!
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  • July 1, 2008 at 6:39 am

    “GM has made an auto fit for the elite class/idle rich/leisure class”

    Well, duh!

    p.s. 2008 BMW M5 – 11 city, 17 highway
    2008 Mercedes E63 – 12 city, 19 highway

    I’ll bet the CTS-V gets better mileage than these autos from abroad.

  • June 28, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Seems like GM is always late. This would have been a great car 10 years ago. Why ever would they engineer such an awesome car in the current market. While other auto makers seek economy for the masses, GM has made an auto fit for the elite class/idle rich/leisure class. Those who don’t even care what the price of gas is. Come on we can do better than this. Certainly the American auto makers have the resolve to keep and or increase market share. Please don’t tell me that I’ll have to buy my future auto from abroad.

  • June 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Why can’t this engine package be offered with the new Coupe Deville coming out in 2009? My 1993 Coupe Deville with over 185,000 miles outruns any current model except this one and I would not trade it in or consider another model unless it was a CTS based Coupe Deville with this new drive train….and manual would be the way I would go, why have all that hoursepower and not get the hands on feel of shifting it through the gears?

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