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Cadillac is extremely proud of its CTS-V lineup, and has released a brand new commercial highlighting the high performance these models can achieve.

In this ad, titled ‘The Competition’, the Cadillac CTS-V sedan is taken around the famed Nurbugring circuit. Also in the ad, Caddy gives credit to the two models that have inspired the development of the CTS-V, the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

For some stunning footage of the Cadillac CTS-V lapping the Nurburgring in 7:59.32, check out the commercial after the jump.

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The Cadillac CTS-V is one superb model, offering great performance and wrapping it in one aggressive all-American package. But while its 556 HP extracted from the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 is plenty of power for the average consumer, the tuners at Hennessey still saw enough room for improvement.

As such, the company released the V700 upgrade package, which, as you might have guessed, takes the output of the engine to over 700 HP. This massive increase is due to a new cold air intake system, a smaller supercharger pulley, updated ECU, longer tube headers, a three-inch exhaust system complete with high-flow cats and an upgraded intercooler, among other things.

All these changes take the CTS-V’s output to a whopping 707 HP, with 701 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 62 mph time is now rated at 3.3 seconds, while the top speed is 211 mph. Just to give us a treat of that power, Heneessey also took the car out for some drag racing, and caught it on film. Hit the jump to see a video of the tuned Cadillac CTS-v run the quarter-mile in 11.14 seconds.

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The Cadillac CTS-V is properly fast, but there’s always room for improvement, at least according to the tuning crew at Fastlane, which looked at the Corvette ZR1 and the CTS-V and saw quite a lot of possibilities in between the two GM cousins.

As such, they took out the blower out of the ZR1′s LS9 engine block and fitted it to the Cadillac’s LSA unit. The result? A boost from the stock 556 HP to around 630 HP, although the actual result might be a bit higher (670 according to the dyno).

Either way, this is a great add-on for anyone who wants more power out of the Cadillac CTS-V. Hit the jump to see the car on the dyno and on the road for a few tests.

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Cadillac is GM’s go-to luxury brand, but during recent times, its specific models have also seen upgraded editions, like with the CTS, which saw the CTS-V performance model, or the recent XTS Platinum concept, which was shown as an upgraded edition of what a future XTS might look like.

In order to clarify these things, Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell revealed that every model in the range will receive either a V or a Platinum edition, depending on their specific traits and their audience. As such, if you thought about an Escalade-V, you’ll be disappointed, as such a big SUV will most likely receive a Platinum edition.

Caldwell also had an interesting reaction when he was questioned by Autoblog about a presumed CTS-V wagon model. He didn’t say anything, but it seems that smiles were all around, so you might expect to move your big family really fast in such a model in the near future.


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The Cadillac CTS-V is one extremely powerful model. Chop off two doors and you’ve got the newly revealed CTS-V Coupe, which although has the same performance figures, looks even more powerful.

Cadillac wanted to express that same fact (and maybe felt a bit guilty about the whole climate change thing), and released a very impressive ad for its new high performance sports coupe. Words fail to describe the footage within, so you’ll just have to hit the jump to see it.

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Up until recently, in case you wanted a performance sedan, European carmakers were the go-to solution, but with the CTS-V, Cadillac established itself quite firmly on the market, offering a quality and sporty solution.

Now, as the Detroit Auto Show is just days from opening its doors, the US carmaker showed off the CTS-V Coupe version, which is based on the recently launched body style for the CTS. Bringing almost the exact performance from the sedan, extracted from the 6.2-liter supercharged V8, but without the two extra doors, the CTS-V coupe will definitely turn some heads and empty out some pockets.

“The CTS-V Coupe marries our most potent and sophisticated technology with our most dramatic production design,” said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. “This combination of visual and technical attributes is designed to create a very compelling choice for luxury sports car consumers.”

Just as a reminder, the 556 HP sportscar will enter production this summer, so you’d better start pre-ordering right now. Stay tuned next week for the official debut of the model in Detroit, alongside another concept, the Cadillac XTS.


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While everyone is preparing for the winter holidays, Cadillac is getting ready for the 2010 edition of the Detroit Auto Show, which will start in January, next year. As such, the company has unveiled two surprises it will bring at the famous show: a production-ready version of the CTS-V Coupe and a brand new concept.

While everyone already expected the recently unveiled CTS Coupe to receive the high performance CTS-V edition next year, nobody expected new concept car from Cadillac. Rumors are already flying around, in regards to this new model, some saying that it will foreshadow the ATS lineup from the American brand which will take on rivals like the BMW 3 Series or the Audi A4, but some people are also speculating that it will be something completely new from Caddy.

Until the Detroit show starts, we can only take a glimpse at the CTS-like headlight the company attached to the press release, teasing the new concept.


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Cadillac was beginning to loose its edge on the performance market until it released the CTS model, which immediately saw the CTS-V high performance sedan. The model already proved it can stand up with all the other four-door performance cars, and now, with the CTS-V Coupe preparing for launch, it will take the fight to that segment of the market.

But with the regular CTS lineup now including a sedan, a station wagon and the new coupe, it seemed logical that Cadillac would be preparing a convertible right? Well you’re wrong about that, as the company recently denied the plans for a convertible CTS Coupe, saying that such a variant isn’t on the drawing board.

Too bad though, as there were certainly many people which hoped for such a model. Luckily though, they won’t mind all that much with settling for a regular CTS Coupe.


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As you all know, today was General Motors’ Cadillac V-Series Challenge was held at the Monticello Motor Club in New York. This is where GM’s vice president and main PR man, Bob Lutz, put his honor where his words were and challenged any and all to beat the CTS-V in any sedan they could get on the market.

As expected, this interesting marketing stunt brought forward a lot of challengers to the claims of the CTS-V, but among them, a few cars were chosen, the most important being a BMW M3 and an M5 (the latter being driven by Michael from CarGuyDad and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X driven by Jalopnik‘s Wes Siler.

As expected, the race generated a huge amount of hype and debate, especially on Twitter, where everyone was talking about it (consider GM’s goal accomplished), and you could even follow the live tweets from the people involved (and from our account, so you’d better subscribe for future events).

But now the race is done and the results are in. As much as we rooted for our fellow colleagues in the automotive blogging business, both Wes and Michael were beaten by Lutz, and the M3, which managed a very good time, was beaten by GM’s engineer Aaron Link, which also drove a CTS-V.

The times were as follows: Wes Siler – 3:08; Michael – 3:05; Bob Lutz – 2:58; BMW M3 – 2:54; Cadillac CTS-V, driven by Aaron Link – 2:48; CTS-V driven by John Heinricy – 2:46. It turns out that out of the top 7 lap times, 6 of them were achieved by a CTS-V.

Lutz declared promptly after the race, via Cadillac’s Twitter account, that: “I’m pleased, the car is wonderful, the track is wonderful. I haven’t done this in 30 years. Young whipper-snappers showed me a thing or two. Let’s see them do this when they’re 77. I’m not complaining, the automatic [transmission’s] sport mode helped me a lot.”

Overall, it was an ingenious campaign from GM and one which should definitely be copied by other carmakers. Maybe next time we’ll send someone from our own team to fight them.

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You probably heard about this outrageous thing by now, but for those of you not in the know, GM’s vice chairman, Bob Lutz, has challenged anyone who believes they can beat him and his Cadillac CTS-V to a race, being held this Thursday at Monticello Motor Club in New York.

Taking him up on this offer will be a few well known automotive journalists, but also a few regular people with their own cars. Among the competition the Caddy will be up against will be a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, a BMW M5, an Audi RS4 or a BMW M3.

It’s going to be one hell of a competition, but in the end, GM’s Caddy will certainly walk away with the best reputation due to Lutz’s marketing prowess. The full list of participants can be found at this address.

Click the jump to see a video of Lutz and his CTS-V preparing for the race. Thanks Carrie for the tip!

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As we’ve told you yesterday, the Cadillac CTS-V did an amazing performance on the Nurburgring race track, by finishing a lap in less than 8 minutes (7:59:32 more exactly), the fastest lap time registered by a sedan. And, as promised, today we have the video of this performance. Enjoy!


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We’ve said it many times before: the Cadillac CTS-V is awesome! And not only it looks great, but it seems it’s going to be one great high performance car. Though we don’t really know the exact car specs, GM announced today that an unmodified version of the CTS-V completed a lap at Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 59 seconds, the best time a production sedan got on the Ring. A video of the car doing the lap will be released in a few days, so stay tuned.

Also, GM announced that it will make a press release with full specifications, SAE power ratings, acceleration specifications and U.S. market pricing.


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Two weeks ago, Cadillac introduced the CTS-V at the Detroit show and now we have the the first photos of it on the streets. The 550 hp beast was spotted driven by a GM employee at a Cadillac CTS owners meet up. The photos were taken by the guys over at and I must say, I love it, that powerful look is just so awesome. BMW’s M5 might really have a tough competition here. Enjoy more pics after the jump.


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With just a few days ahead of the Detroit auto show, Cadillac released official information on the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V. The high performance sedan will be powered by a 6.2L LSA supercharged V-8 engine generating an estimated 550 hp (410 kW) and 550 lb.-ft. (745 Nm) of torque, fitted with a sixth-generation Eaton supercharger which minimizes the added noise previously associated with supercharged engines, and tightly controls intake air temperature for optimal performance. Customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V is scheduled to go on sale in the fourth-quarter of 2008 and it’s main competitors are the German high performance sedan BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG.

See more photos after the jump.


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