Below is the official Cadillac press release outlining specifications for the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V.

DETROIT - At first glance, the new 2009 CTS-V presents a dramatic design statement that is supported by an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW) - landmark power for a Cadillac. Behind that distinctive styling and exemplary engine output lies a comprehensive suite of highly developed, advanced technologies aimed at delivering elite luxury and performance driving.

"CTS-V's mission is to attract the most discerning and enthusiastic luxury and performance car consumers," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "That requires a comprehensively excellent car, one that looks and performs like a top-level sports car but has the poise and elegance of a prestigious luxury sedan."

Technologies including Magnetic Ride Control, a racing-inspired Performance Traction Management program and an advanced Brembo braking system combine to make CTS-V a sophisticated, high-performance car. The development team, building off of the acclaimed CTS sedan and previous-generation V-Series cars, tirelessly fine-tuned the car on some of the world's most demanding and legendary environments, including Germany's famed Nürburgring, and roads and tracks throughout the United States and Europe.

World's fastest-reacting suspension

The revised CTS-V chassis features the world's fastest-reacting suspension, Magnetic Ride Control. It uses shocks controlled by electro-magnets, rather than mechanical valves. Tiny iron particles suspended in fluid fill the shock damper. Under the presence of a magnetic charge, these particles align in tight formations to provide more damping resistance with incredible speed.

The elimination of mechanical valves greatly accelerates response, given that magnetic charges are virtually instantaneous. A network of sensors literally "reads the road" every millisecond and feeds that data to an on-board computer. When more damping force is needed, more electric charges are sent, enabling the system to make constant damping adjustments to all four corners of the car. The result is extremely precise control of body motions and maximum tire-to-ground traction - particular ly important in keeping the car (and the driver) very composed during hard cornering, acceleration, braking or other dynamic maneuvers.

The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a much broader range of damping control to optimize the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V, Cadillac provides an extra measure of control, as Magnetic Ride has two selectable modes (Tour and Sport) enabling the driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more spirited performance driving.

Magnetic Ride Control is a GM-pioneered technology that, following years of research, appears only on handful of the industry's most elite cars. The magneto-rheological science inside the dampers is also applied to medical devices such as prosthetic limbs.

Precise power and control

A car as potent as the CTS-V demands a robust series of technologies to apply its power precisely. It's much the same challenge faced in championship motor sports, so that's where Cadillac turned for technical assistance. CTS-V will feature a new Performance Traction Management system that is borrowed from the CTS-V racecar that won two of the last four Manufacturer's Championships in the SPEED World Challenge GT racing series.

Performance Traction Management ensures that engine torque is instantly matched to the allowable tire traction to enable maximum acceleration. In a situation such as a corner exit, this new technology allows the driver to maintain throttle pressure without losing traction. Performance Traction Management, using electronic controls, directs torque to maximize acceleration and traction in conditions, such as hard acceleration when more power is commanded by the driver. Where stability controls tend to manage wheel slip in an effort to slow or steer the car, Performance Traction Management regulates torque delivery to enhance acceleration and provide an optimized launch. The system maximizes acceleration by instantly matching torque to the available tire traction.

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.

Cadillac turned to Brembo, a company that forged its reputation in Formula One racing, for CTS-V's extremely capable braking system. The car features six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers in the rear, delivering impressive stopping power. Slotted and vented rotors enable strong initial braking force while optimizing heat resistance and eliminating fade. CTS-V also includes an electric parking brake for the first time, enabling more legroom for the driver, key for high-performance driving.

CTS-V rides on a specially developed quartet Michelin's PS2 summer-only tires.

Model: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
Body style / driveline: rear-drive four-door high-performance luxury sedan
Construction: unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension assembly
EPA vehicle class midsize car
Manufacturing location: Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing, Michigan
Key competitors: BMW M-5, Mercedes Benz E55 AMG, Mercedes Benz E63 AMG


Type: 6.2L supercharged V-8 (LSA)
Displacement (cu in / cc): 376 / 6162
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 / 103.25 x 3.62 / 92 mm
Block material: cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder; 0.492-in (12.5 mm) lift
Supercharger: Gen. 6 R19 with single brick intercooler; 1.9L displacement w/4-lobe rotor design
Fuel delivery: SFI; center feed
Ignition: direct-mount ignition coils; extended-life dual platinum-tipped spark plugs
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 550 / 410 @ 6200 (est)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 550 / 745 @ 6200 (est)

Recommended fuel: premium recommended but not required
Maximum engine speed (rpm): TBD

Additional features: pan-mounted oil cooler; cast pistons; high-flow cylinder heads; block-mounted piston squirters; steel crankshaft w/ 8-bolt flange; close-mounted converters; acoustic engine cover; E67 engine controller
Estimated fuel economy: TBD


Type: Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual; fully synchronized with single overdrive Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch
Gear ratios (:1)    
First: 2.66 4.02
Second: 1.78 2.36
Third: 1.30 1.53
Fourth: 1.00 1.15
Fifth: 0.80 0.85
Sixth: 0.63 0.67
Reverse: 2.90 3.06
Final Drive Ratio: 3.73 3.73

Chassis & Suspension

Front suspension: independent SLA; 29-mm hollow stabilizer bar; elastomeric handling and ride bushings; 65-N/mm spring rate; Magnetic Ride Control with electro-magnetically controlled shocks
Rear suspension: independent SLA; 24-mm solid stabilizer bar; elastomeric trailing arm bushing; 90-N/mm spring rate; Magnetic Ride Control with electro-magnetically controlled shocks
Wheels: 19 x 9-inch; forged alloy, 5-lug (front)
19 x 9.5-inch, forged alloy, 5-lug (rear)
Tires: 255/40R19 Michelin PS2; summer Z-rated (front)
285/35R19 Michelin PS2; summer Z-rated (rear)
Brakes: four-wheel disc with four-channel ABS, hydraulic brake assist and dynamic rear brake proportioning
front rotors: vented; co-cast; 380 mm x 32 mm
rear rotors: vented; 373 mm x 28 mm
front calipers: aluminum; six-piston
rear calipers: aluminum; four-piston
Steering: power-assisted rack-and-pinion;
Steering ratio: 16.1:1
Turns lock-to-lock: TBD
Turn radius (ft / m): 37.9 / 11.55
Additional features: standard: StabiliTrak (four-channel, four mode); traction control; engine drag control
optional: Performance Traction Management


Wheelbase (in / mm): 113.4 / 2880
Overall length (in / mm): 191.6 / 4866
Overall width (in / mm): 72.5 / 1842
Overall height (in / mm): 58.0 / 1472
Track (in / mm): front: 61.8 / 1570
rear: 62.0 / 1575
Curb weight (lb / kg): manual: 4200 / 1905 (est)
automatic: 4300 / 1950 (est)
Weight distribution (% front / rear): 54 / 46
Approach Angle (deg): 10.4
Departure Angle (deg): 18.3
Tumblehome (deg): 24.6


Headroom (in / mm): front: 38.8 / 986
rear: 37.2 / 944
Leg room (in / mm): front: 42.4 / 1078
rear: 35.9 / 913
Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 56.7 / 1441
rear: 57.4 / 1390
Hip room (in / mm): front: 55.1 / 1400
rear: 54.1 / 1375


EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L): 98 / 2775
EPA trunk volume (cu ft / L): 13.6 / 385
Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg): TBD
Fuel tank (gal / L): 18.0 / 68
Engine oil (qt / L): TBD
Cooling system (qt / L): TBD
Seating Capacity (front / rear) 2 / 3
Drag Coefficient 0.355