The first set of test results are coming for the new 2009 Cadillac CTS-V. This 4 door super sedan borrows a slightly de-tuned LSA (LS9) engine from the upcoming Corvette ZR1 producing 556HP and 551 lb-ft of torque. At a hefty 4200 pounds the new CTS-V still has enough power to out run both BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG both in a straight-line (12.3 @ 117 MPH) and on the road course. The CTS-V is also current Nürburgring record holder for a production 4 door sedan. Normally the CTS-V would be compared against it’s direct rivals, size-wise, the Mercedes C63 AMG, BMW M3 and Audi RS-4, but the CTS-V has enough power to annihilate those cars, move up the chain, and go after larger and more expensive set of rivals.
In the real world with decent weather and good track prep we expect to see high 11′s at close to 120MPH in from the CTS-V. The aftermarket potential for this car is also expected to be fairly substantial since the car clearly has an extra 60-100 HP waiting to be unleashed with some tuning and light modifications. Hopefully we’ll see some mid 11′s at 123+ MPH from the tuned CTS-Vs running around. How long will it take Mercedes and BMW to up the ante again with their AMG and M rivals? The latest rumor from AMG is a V8 Twin-Turbo with upwards of 570HP in stock form.