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Cadillac CTS-V competes with foreign rivals


Defiantly American, ultra-performance sports sedan

by Gary Witzenburg/

No one can deny that GMís Cadillac Division has engineered an astonishing turnaround of its competitiveness and image, beginning with the edgy, stealth-fighter-looking CTS sedan, and continuing through the XLR roadster, SRX sport crossover and new-for-í05 STS sedan. Those who have driven them or read their reviews will agree that these are seriously good cars and competitive in every way. Even the hulky truck-based Escalade SUV has evolved into a cult classic among A-list athletes and celebrities.

For 2004, the automatic transmission CTS got even better thanks to an excellent new 255-hp V-6, which extends to all CTS models for 2005. Then this awesome 400-hp Corvette-powered CTS-V joined the party in mid-2004. Imagine, if you can, a defiantly American, ultra-performance sport sedan that goes, corners, steers and stops like a Corvette. And rides like, well, a slightly stiff-legged Cadillac.

First to arrive of Cadillacís high-performance V-Series and one of the first products of GMís two-year-old Performance Division, CTS-V wears stainless steel mesh grilles, new aero rockers flowing into a new rear fascia, distinctive V-Series badging and dual oval exhausts. Like the Corvette Z06, the CTS-Vís 5.7-liter V-8 pumps 395 lb.-ft. of tarmac-tearing torque through a 6-speed manual transmission launching it from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Also like the Corvette, the CTS-Vís development engineers tuned its chassis on Germanyís legendary Nurburgring racetrack—some 14 miles of 176 death defying turns through Germanyís Eiffel Mountains. Unlike the Corvette, the CTS-V seats four adults in comfort (five in a pinch) and packs six airbags for everyoneís safety and 12.5 cu.-ft. of trunk for their stuff.

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