Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cadillac CTS

Earlier posts have gone over GM's financial problems. Today, I would like to bring you one of GM's success stories. As I have outlined in a previous post the CTS has chosen by Car And Driver as one of their 10 Best for both 2008 and 2009. Cadillac has not been on the 10 Best List since the Seville won in 1992. See the complete list at Car and Driver 10 Best List.

The CTS is the first Cadillac, in recent memory, to have good driving dynamics, an upscale interior and performance in its optional 302 hp, 3.6 liter direct-injection V-6. It also offers edgy styling, a refined driving experience and offers a manual for automotive enthusiasts. Actually, I could not believe I was driving a Cadillac! I had to take a look at the crest on the steering wheel a couple of times.

On the tech side, the CTS has a voice activated infotainment package featuring intelligent iPod® integration, 40 GB hard drive and an advanced hard-disk navigation system.

The pick of the liter is the CTS-V. This is a SUPER SEDAN! This car is a very refined and extremely capable sedan, handles extremely well, and brakes well.

The CTS-V’s supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine delivers a heart pounding zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and on to 191 mph where legal and 175 mph for the automatic transmission. These outstanding performance figures enabled the CTS-V to claim the unofficial lap record for a production car (7 mins 59.32 secs) around the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife circuit in October 2008. Click here to see a video of a CTS-V in action, also note the exhaust note - it is even better in person.

The Cadillac CTS-V is fitted with the latest generation of the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology, Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), which uses shock absorbers controlled by electro-magnets, rather than mechanical valves, accelerating response time. The CTS-V is also equipped with powerful Brembo brakes which account for the excellent stopping distances. These features, along with four-channel ABS, hydraulic brake assist and dynamic rear brake proportioning, ensure that the immense power is kept safely under control.

It’s not all about performance however, as the Cadillac boasts a range of luxury features fitted as standard including new, 14-way adjustable Recaro® performance driving seats, ‘hand cut-and-sewn’ double stitched leather and sueded material, and a high-gloss black Obsidian surface finish. The CTS-V is currently available in left-hand drive only and priced from at $59,995 in the US and in England £56,495 on-the-road (£58,995 for the automatic transmission model).


  1. Hi Pete .. I listened & watched the clips of the various speeds up and down & the exhaust sound .. it certainly came out of the screen & whooshed me!

    I like your posts .. short, pertinent to both car enthusiast and a member of the public ..

    Thanks - Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy

  2. Hilary,

    I appreciate your comments and suggestions greatly!

    When I started this blog, I wanted to deliver some very pertinate information but not overload people. At the same time, car enthusiasts can still drill down to websites that contain information about that post.

    The videos add an additional dimension of sight and sound!

    Best Regards


  3. Thats a great looking car. Cadillac is really starting to go above and beyond similar car makers.

  4. Dr. Bob,

    Thanks you for posting comments to my blog! Yes, Cadillac has made a lot of positive changes to their lineup. Basically, they had to - the competition was eating their lunch.

    I drove this car! I agree with Car and Driver - this has to be one of the best production cars. GM probably has a hit on their hands with this one.

    Best Regards


  5. Cadillac has really changed these last few years. I remember when people would just cruise their Caddy's. Now they're all about performance and luxury which we don't have a problem with. It's incredible that the CTS-V does the 1/4mile in under 13sec. Great post Pete, I'm also a car enthusiast gear more towards Vintage VW's and GM products like Caddy's and Vette's.

    Many Blessings....
    Hugo and Roxanne
    ~Believe Achieve~

  6. Hugo and Roxanne,

    Thank you so much for visiting and posting to my blog! I really appreciate it!

    Cadillac is really on a roll! They are finally producing some very competitive cars! Interesting you noted the 1/4 mile performance - sounds like your intersted in performance cars.

    I have a post coming up for the Volkswagon Beetle. Also, I really like the Cadillacs and Vette's to, so they will be on my list also.

    Many Blessings...