Cadillac claim its forthcoming CTS-V is the fastest accelerating V8 in the world
11 June 2008

Cadillac claims that its forthcoming CTS-V will be the fastest accelerating V8 saloon on the planet, sprinting from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds. The American brand has announced official performance figures for its heavy-duty muscle car after final testing was completed in Michigan. Powered by a 6.2-litre V8 engine offering 556bhp at 6100rpm and 551lb ft torque at 3800rpm, the CTS-V is said to cover the quarter-mile drag in 12 seconds dead. That’s faster than a BMW M3 or a Mercedes C63 AMG. This range-topping Caddy deploys its power via a mechanical limited-slip differential distributing power between the rear wheels. It’s also fitted with a new version of Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, a similar system to Audi’s, which adjusts the ride to harden or soften the road manners of the CTS-V. The problem is - despite the CTS-V’s promotion as a halo model in the UK and Europe - at the Detroit motor show, Cadillac boss Jim Taylor admitted there was “no business case” for launching a right-hand drive version. The engine bay, bulkhead design and exhaust would take extensive engineering to rework for a UK version. It’s more likely that left-hook models will be imported and sold officially through Cadillac UK.Last month the CTS-V set a blistering laptime of 7 minutes 59 seconds at the Nordschleife, supposedly running in standard set-up and on what the company claimed were ‘factory-spec street tyres’.

Will Powell

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11 June 2008

A very hot sedan indeed. Can't wait to see some performance reviews.

11 June 2008

That... is simply insane.

11 June 2008

So the we get news on an American Left hand drive only, brick styled M3 rival.

At least your safe in the knowledge, that in this country anyway, you have the fastest 4 door wagon in which you sit on the wrong side limiting your view for good over taking opportunities.

Not a bad sounding car apart from that.

13 June 2008

A shame it won't be able to go around a corner!!

13 June 2008

[quote Maj1c]

A shame it won't be able to go around a corner!!

[/quote]

Did you bother to even read the article? It lapped the ring in 7:59, there are a couple corners there just in case you didn’t know.

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To know which way the wind blows
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14 June 2008

Its a shame that Cadillac doesn't have some nice models from the 70s with which to draw upon for some trendy retro styling (like the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang etc.) because its truly an ugly car.

17 June 2008

73 actually.

don't trust these 'standard' road going car timings around the ring by manufacturers until they are independantly verifed.

My point really was it won't handle as well as a BMW M3 or AMG C63...

17 June 2008

[quote Maj1c]

My point really was it won't handle as well as a BMW M3 or AMG C63...

[/quote]

No, it will handle better than a BMW M5 or AMG C63...Here is your proof unless you don't believe your own lying eyes.CTS V 7:59

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To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

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