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The Cadillac CTS-V was, perhaps, one of the biggest surprises among car enthusiasts during 2005. Named “car of the year”, its drivability was compared to that of a Pontiac.

The CTS-V was dubbed this because of the disconnect between the name, and the way it handles. This, however, was meant as a compliment because of the Cadillac company’s being famous, and at times, infamous for designing big, boatlike Sedans. These car exuded luxury, but were hardly ever sporty.

The CTS-V represent the first round in a barrage of V-branded vehicles that introduced. These Sedans were released in high-performances form, as Cadillac attempts to add edginess to its long-standing staid image.

Through a radical makeover, Cadillac was able to transform the small Sedan from an entry-level luxury vehicle into a high-performance sporty car, suitable for even the most rugged of mountain roads.

Each features are as follows:

• RWD, AWD Systems Manage Low-Coefficient Surfaces

• Advanced Chassis Control, Tire Technologies

• StabiliTrak, Electronic TC, All-Weather Tires

• Subtle, Seamless Stability Control Keeps Driver in Charge

Sophisticated chassis technology have been refined over the past five years to enable Cadillacs to have rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive the ability to deliver more effectively than ever before.

Only a short time ago, Cadillac cars consisted almost only of front-wheel-drive. Today, however, a host of chassis control technology is available in the new performance Sedans, as well as in other Cadillac models. This type of chassis technology when tested, proved itself to handle quite safely and confidently under various weather conditions. These include, of course, wet, snow-covered, and icy road surfaces that can prove to be quite treacherous.

Latest developments of this Rear-wheel-drive Sedan are as follows.

• StabiliTrak, General Motors’ advanced, integrated four-channel stability control system that was first introduced by Cadillac on three models in 1997;

• Side Slip Control, a StabiliTrak enhancement introduced in 2000 that counters side skidding during cornering;

• Magnetic Ride Control (MR) – introduced on the Cadillac Seville STS in 2002 – an electronically controlled, magnetic fluid-based real-time suspension

damping system, also used in conjunction with StabiliTrak;

• Electronic Traction Control (TC – first introduced on the Cadillac Allante in 1990), a fast-response, seamless system that maintains tire adhesion during

acceleration on low-coefficient surfaces; and,

• All-season tire technology advances that have improved dry traction performance without adversely affecting wet traction performance, and advanced snow

tire designs for more consistently demanding winter driving conditions.

Cadillac has long sinse been among the most popular cars purchased and driven in many countries, and with the new changes to its handling and appearance, it is showing its ability to evolve with the times. It is known now as not only a family car, but has also adopted the sporty look and feel many people have come to expect in a car. When looking at the latest changes, as well as those yet to come, it is easy to see why it just keeps getting better with time.

Cadillac CTS-V – From Entry-level To High Performance
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