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2009 Cadillac CTS-V Review
Offers thrilling acceleration and superior handling.
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Introduced in 2009, the Cadillac CTS-V is a performance sport sedan that is in direct competition with BMW's M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. Equipped with a 6.2-liter, 556 hp, supercharged V-8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission, it is a track-worthy specimen. In 2009, it was the fastest and most powerful American sedan ever built.
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed shiftable automatic
The Cadillac CTS-V makes its debut with the 2009 model lineup.
The exterior of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V is very similar to the CTS. It features a mesh-covered chrome grille, Xenon HID headlights, halogen fog lights, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power heated mirrors, remote anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, fog/driving lights, high pressure headlight washers, auto delay off dusk-sensing Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) headlights, and a large intake vent below the front bumper. The hood is raised in the middle to accommodate the intercooled Eaton supercharger. Laser brazing is used to eliminate the rubber seals along the roof; the pieces are fused together to create a single piece. In the rear, you’ll see the LED taillights. Twin exhausts sit below the rear bumper.
The interior of the 2009 CTS-V is also similar to the CTS. The center stack trim is obsidian black. Leather and Alcantara grace the seats and door panels. The optional Recaro sport seats offer heat and ventilation and have the hugging support that drivers and passengers appreciate on long drives. The rear seat area is roomy enough for large adults.
The cockpit features a soft-touch dashboard, and all gauges are easy to read. The optional navigation system comes with a retractable LCD screen; it sits in the center of the dash. The Bose audio system features surround sound and 10 speakers throughout the interior. Additional 2009 Cadillac CTS-V standard interior features include power door locks, power windows, eight-way heated power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, leather/Alcantara upholstery, bucket front seats, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, front console with storage, power steering, universal remote transmitter, 12V power outlet, rear parking sensors, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, dual-zone climate control, leather/suede interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for two drivers, tachometer, trip computer, pre-wired for cell phone use, OnStar telecommunications service, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 300-watt AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/Satellite/iPod/USB/Surround sound Bose audio system with 10 speakers and radio data system. All in all, the interior is luxurious, yet it offers the seating that can take it to the track.
Optional equipment includes a sunroof, suede-trimmed steering wheel and shifter knob, a hard drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic and weather, and 14-way heated power-adjustable Recaro sport seats with ventilation.
Performance & Handling
The CTS-V's 6.2-liter, V-8 engine generates 556 hp at 6100 rpm and 551 ft-lb of torque. Standard is the six-speed manual transmission. The combo has been clocked at 4.3 seconds in a zero-to-60-mph sprint. An optional six-speed shiftable automatic transmission is available; shifting can be done using the gear lever or via the steering wheel-mounted shift buttons.
Handling on curves is not stellar due to the CTS-V's hefty 4222-pound curb weight. Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control suspension gives the driver the option of selecting either Touring or Sport settings. Electromagnetic coils inside the shock absorbers as well as sensors at all four wheels continually monitor road conditions to adjust shock-absorber resistance. This results in enhanced ride quality in Tour mode and excellent turn response in Sport mode, making the CTS-V a powerful and responsive vehicle no matter what road conditions are encountered.
With the Performance Pack option, Performance Track Management (PTM) is installed. It allows the driver to select up to six different traction thresholds. If you want to put the CTS-V through its paces, switch the suspension to Sport mode and switch the Stabilitrak setting to Competitive Driving Mode, and the driver is ready to experience the CTS-V’s speed and performance firsthand.
2009 Cadillac CTS-V’s Standard safety equipment includes rear limited slip differential, four-wheel independent short and long arm front and multi-link rear suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), front and rear ventilated Brembo disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, OnStar emergency telecommunications service, and a total of six airbags. The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V received a ""good"" rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety during frontal offset and side impact crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Handling with sport suspension
- Luxury interior
You Won't Like
- Expensive options
- Rear visibility
- No back-up camera
Offers thrilling acceleration and superior handling.
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