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Cadillac CTS news - V for Victory? - 2008

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As
Detroit looms, GM is preparing a pair of V8 monsters to steal its home show. In
the blue corner, the Corvette ZR1, GM’s
most powerful car ever. And in the menacingly grey corner, this: the Cadillac
 CTS-V. 

It’s
the performance version of the 2008 CTS we drove late
last year, which means an angrier mesh grille, Recaro bucket seats,
Alcantara-style interior trim and a whacking great bonnet bulge.

But
it’s what’s under that bonnet bulge that should make you feel all warm and
happy. Cadillac’s engineers have ditched the 3.6-litre V6 of the standard CTS
and replaced it with a 6.2-litre V8 - a revised version of the supercharged
620bhp unit in the Corvette ZR1.

Admittedly
it’s a fraction less powerful, but not much: the CTS-V develops a monumental
550bhp and 550lb ft of torque, which makes it more powerful than both the BMW M5
and Merc E63 AMG. 

There’s
no official word on performance yet. However, even conservative estimates drop
the CTS-V into the five-second bracket for the 0-60mph sprint, while GM has
hinted that figure could be closer to four seconds. 

That
time might depend on whether you opt for the six-speed manual transmission or a
new six-speed auto ‘box with steering-wheel paddle shifters.

Naturally
the CTS-V is rear-wheel drive only - no prissy 4WD here, thank you very much -
and benefits from GM’s Performance Traction Management to keep it on the road.

Handling
should be an improvement on traditional US saloon fare, thanks to
magnetorheological suspension similar to the set-up found on the Ferrari 599
and the Audi TT.

All
good news, as is this: the CTS-V is coming to Europe. Cadillac is determined to
finally make an impression this side of the pond, so we should see the CTS-V in
late 2008 or early 2009. Prices? No word yet, but expect the CTS-V to weigh in
significantly cheaper than its German rivals.

We’ll
get a closer look at the hot Caddy in Detroit next week: make sure you keep
checking back to TopGear.com for all the details.

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