The Cadillac CTS-V is the higher-performance version of the CTS class. The line offers sedan, wagon, and coupe models, all similarly engineered but with varying body styles. All models are assembled in Lansing, Michigan. Other vehicles in the CTS-V class include the Jaguar XFR, Audi RS6, BMW M5, and Mercedes E63 AMG.
There have been two generations of the Cadillac CTS-V: 2004 to 2007 and 2009 to 2012. First-generation models were available as in a sedan style, while newer models include choices of a sedan, coupe, or sport wagon configuration.
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Cadillac CTS-V Origins
The model was first introduced in 2004 with a V-8 engine and sport-tuned suspension. Though this specific line is only eight years old, there have been several versions of it. A couple of CTS-V versions performed well in competition at the SCCA World Challenge racing; in 2004 to 2007 the vehicle shone as a sedan and in 2011 as a coupe.
Since the first 2004 model, the CTS-V line of Cadillacs has been known for speed and power combined with comfort and luxury. Each subsequent year's model improved further on these traits, pushing the envelope and raising the bar for other luxury brands. The CTS-V generally appears near the top of lists of powerful, quick, and luxurious cars.About the Cadillac CTS-V
All CTS-V models past and present were developed with an eye for speed, performance, and aesthetics while incorporating the many technological and luxurious details for which Cadillac is famous. The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V is available as a sedan, coupe, or wagon. It's one of the most powerful consumer vehicles of the year, with a 556-horsepower engine that goes from zero to 60 in approximately 3.9 seconds. With the new CTS-V, Magnetic Ride Control suspension technology provides a smooth ride even at high speeds. The suspension increases response time and precision by using magneto-rheological technology in place of mechanical valves. This model has six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes. Also available are Recaro performance seats and pneumatic bolster controls. The interior indicators include an LED-lit function in the tachometer that flashes near the engines redline and a display that indicates lateral acceleration. While built for speed and power, the 2012 CTS-V sedan also has all of the luxuries of a Cadillac, integrating top-of-the-line technology in every part of its interior and exterior.
The car's starting price of $64,515 is on the high end, even for its class, but drivers in search of speed and luxury might find it worth the investment. Few vehicles on the market today can match the new Cadillac CTS-V when it comes to power, comfort, and technological advancements.Cadillac CTS-V Evolution
First-generation CTS-Vs were produced from 2004 until 2007. All models featured a V-8 and six-speed manual transmission. The engine was closely related to the Corvette in many ways, though the two vehicles' exterior styles had little in common. An equal in speed and power to the Corvette, the CTS-V was generally considered more reliable and certainly more luxurious. These models were an answer to CTS fans who wanted a top-of-the-line version of the vehicle.
After 2009, the second-generation CTS-V was introduced. Though the body style did resemble older versions, many of the vehicle's angles had been smoothed out, offering a more stylish, faster look. It didn't just look faster; the model also possessed a significant boost in power. Newer models offer 556 horsepower, more than some heavy-duty trucks on the market. These vehicles are built for speed, with the 2012 model able to go from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds.