John Heinricy, director of vehicle integration and a celebrated racing driver, piloted the CTS-V through its sub-8 minute lap. The General Motors is quick to point out that the car was equipped exactly as the production model will be and no modifications were made to aid in its exemplary performance.
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The 09 model Cadillac CTS-V is powered by supercharged 542bhp 6.2-litre LSA V8 petrol engine making 550 pound-feet of torque at 6,200 rpm. The same unit is doing service on new Corvette ZR1 as well but there it is tuned to produce mind-boggling 638 hp horsepower. CTS-V will come with a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions and a slew of technological and engineering advancements including a new version of Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) suspension, paddle-shifting, and the Performance Traction Management (PTM) system. PTM allows drivers to fully exploit the car's power by instantly matching its delivery against current traction availability.
Cadillac CTS-V production is scheduled to begin this fall and will go on sale in the UK early next year. Till then check out its fastest lap-time video below.