General Motors made official the specifications for the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V. The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 produces 556 HP at 6,100rpm and 551 pound-feet of torque at 3,800rpm.

CTS-V will make the 0-to-60mph sprint in just 3.9 seconds and the quarter mile in 12 seconds. The si-speed automatic version will hit a top speed of 175 mph, while the six-speed manual will go up to 191mph.

Press release

As final testing of the limited-edition 2009 CTS-V nears completion, the results suggest that Cadillac’s upcoming sports sedan is entering the stratosphere of the world’s highest-performing cars. Cadillac announces the following performance specifications for all-new 2009 CTS-V:

  • CTS-V, with its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA engine, has achieved SAE-certified peak output of 556 horsepower (415 kW) at 6100 rpm and 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm) of torque at 3800 rpm.
  • CTS-V accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. CTS-V covers the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 118 mph. These acceleration times are believed to be the fastest for any V-8-powered sedan currently in production.

More than just power, CTS-V also includes a comprehensive suite of technical and design enhancements, including Magnetic Ride Control and a new automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. Cadillac pioneered Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-acting suspension, in 2004. The new CTS-V employs a new version of this technology, enabling it to achieve a remarkably wide bandwidth of capability that ranges from extreme high-performance agility to the smooth road manners of a prestigious luxury sedan.

CTS-V also manages power via an extremely robust driveline. The car’s limited-slip differential is made of cast iron for extreme strength. Its limited-slip tuning enables excellent high-speed stability along with comfortable low-speed maneuverability. The prop shaft is heavy-duty and wheel hub bearings are stiffened and bolstered to manage the car’s remarkable energy. Axle half-shafts are asymmetrical, a design that ensures smooth performance.

"CTS-V represents the full extension of our design, technology and performance capabilities," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "The V-Series takes the award-winning CTS sport sedan and elevates it to a position within the club of the world’s most exclusive and capable cars."

In testing May 8 at Germany’s famed Nürburgring track, the new 2009 CTS-V completed a lap of the legendary Nordschleife in 7:59.32. This blistering time appears to be the fastest ever publicly documented for a production sedan on factory-spec street tires.

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  (6023) posted on 06.12.2008

Not everyone who buys an expensive luxury car is a ’don’t give a sh*t about the enviroment’ kind of guy.

To some people the mileage does matter. Ever wonder why the Luxus Hybrid is doing so well?

  (233) posted on 06.11.2008

w-h-o-r-e... lol it wouldn’t let me put that in after french haha. oh well. anyways

i’m sure it’ll be both somewhat economical along with the performance issue

  (233) posted on 06.11.2008

just answering AK’s question... the corvette Z06 gets 24mpg with 505hp... i figure thats pretty impressive... if you can combine great performance and economy then you have a great car.

example evo, subaru, etc... they’re fast enough and dont gas like a french ...

no offense to anyone who’s french

  (82) posted on 06.11.2008

Who cares about the mileage with that performance and looks?

  (233) posted on 06.11.2008

the mileage is probably around what the corvette is like 24mpg roughly.

  (37) posted on 06.11.2008

it goes to 0-60 quite fast, and i must say that i AM impreesed

  (70) posted on 06.10.2008

Interesting, looks good, nice performance, but does it corner? If the car handles well, that would be really impressive.

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.10.2008

For some reason that sounds too good to be true. And while everyone is bragging about the performance, no body is saying anything about the mileage which is the most important concern for people right now.

AK47  (2) posted on 06.10.2008

Powerful tune up.

MadTourist  (48) posted on 06.9.2008

Impressive numbers. Looks like Caddy might actually be coming around. We shall see.

MadTourist  (68) posted on 06.9.2008

puhlease! it made that sub 8 minute lap cos it wasn’t really completely done with. if you try it with actual cars that are sold, no way it’ll make it under 8 minutes! amercan cars are too ty when it comes too handling. don’t believe me? fine, i bet you if they do it again with a completely finish ctc-v, they make it around just 8:10, but nowhere near below 8 in!

MadTourist  (520) posted on 06.9.2008

Great performance for the CTS-V

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