Under-promise and over-deliver. That’s one motto, lately, of General Motors. It appears as if the 550 horsepower prediction of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V may be underestimated. The new Corvette ZR1, with it’s related LS9 motor, was said to have “at least 620 horsepower”. The final number is actually 638 – a 3 percent increase.
Considering the very good possibility that the LSA will have the same increase, we’re looking at going from 550 horsepower to 567. With modifications, we’re going to be seeing between 600 and 700 horsepower Cadillacs on the street in late 2008 or early 2009. Who’d have ever thought this to be the case? Especially when we’re all gritting our teeth because of new CAFE regulations.
Like the Corvette, the CTS-V is going to be a “best bang for your performance buck” vehicle. And it’s certainly going to add GM to the map, again, for developing some of the greatest performance vehicles available today.
The original CTS-V seemed to get Cadillac noticed (in regards to performance) – but not nearly enough. There are still far too many people who don’t realize that Cadillac doesn’t make stodgy, mushy, wallowy vehicles anymore. This new V-Series vehicle will surely bring Cadillac to the center of attention this time around…