Cadillac CTS-V Exhaust Comparison: Magnaflow VS. Magnaflow and Kooks Headers
Before and After Video of Magnaflow Catback Exhaust with and without Kooks 1 3/4" headers and high flow cats on a CTS-V. Car is louder overall, as well as deeper and raspier with the headers on. V also has K&N CAI and various other mods not relevant to the Exhaust note.
NOTES: Car in backround is 2003 Terminator Cobra. Car is smoking at beginning of second video because the car was warmed up (it was cold out, and didn't want to rev the engine cold).
2009 Cadillac CTS-V with KPE intake and Corsa Touring exhaust
Freeway onramp "launch" of my modded Cadillac 2009 CTS-V. Mods are: KPE intake (gives a GREAT Supercharger whine), Corsa Touring axleback Exhaust, Wait4Me 2.55" upper pulley. This is followed by ambient noise at freeway speed and a quick look at the freeway mileage.
Filming equipment: Canon HF-200 (HD camera) with image stabilization off, Canon DM-100 directional mic with "dead cat", and StickyPod
2010 Cadillac CTS-V
The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is a competent sedan that holds water against its German competitors but will stick in our heads because of its brute "wow"-inducing acceleration. The car just has power in droves, hindered only by the automatic transmission necessary gear changes and some split second indecisiveness under part-to-full throttle changes. It is neck-snapping head-rush-generating thrill ride with gobs of flat always-there force that just never relents until you back down. This engine isn't simply a moderately powerful V-8 slipped under the Cadillac's hood. It is a ZR1-dervied 556-hp motor that provides a deep V-8 burble with a smidge of Supercharger whine and designed to do one thing: to push its occupants to the upper echelons of the speedometer.
Speaking of the speedometer, despite sitting front and center and having the more spacious pod all to itself, it felt small and hard to read on anything but mundane driving. It doesn't really matter because it is best to keep your eyes on the large (extremely large) number that sits on the small screen perfectly located under the rpm gauge in the first pod; that number combined with the revs will give you a good idea of how fast you are going in more spirited driving. More importantly it will allow you to pop off the necessary gear changes with the F1-style paddles located on the back of the steering wheel when in the six-speed automatic's manual mode. Move too quick and you won't get the most power; move too slow and you will slam into the rev-limiter. That rpm gauge comes with a nice line of red glowing dots that follow the needle in its half circle rotation and help you quickly determine how far before the next gear change.
The ride in the Cadillac CTS-V is tight—enhanced by the way the seats suck you in and hold you snug like a mom's bear hug after her child's first stint at summer camp—and solid: no shakes, shimmers, or unnecessary rattles; the car is built extremely well. It corners flat with a touch of understeer and with tons of tenacious grip that even the raw power of this motor has a hard time breaking. The small-diameter microfiber-covered steering wheel is very low in telepathy and provides little feedback when the Magnetic Ride Control Suspension system is in touring mode. In fact, it is more disconnected than it probably should be, with some yacht-like feelings where the movement of the steering wheel doesn't always cause the reaction you think it should. The Stabilitrak system is there to provide the small nudges that Boost confidence but is never intrusive and never saps the power or life out of the car or drive. Immense stopping power is provide by the car's huge 15-inch rotors up front and 14.7-inch rotors at the rear.
The inside of the CTS-V can be summed up in one word: "shiny"; giving our test car an air of cheapness. The dashboard and center console in our tester had glossy, easily scratched black plastic instead of wood inlays. To add even more glare in a bright day, polished aluminum trim encircles each zone of the dashboard. Like the angular exterior, the interior also has some sharp edges. Although these provide the car with its trademark stand-out-in-a-pack looks, the angles can be do right painful, literally. Hit the crease in the trunk lid or the sharp angle at the edge of the dashboard and you will damn the designer. The optional Recaro seats are absolutely phenomenal; even giving us the desire to rip them out and use them as desk chairs afterwards. Besides looking really cool, they are soft and comfortable with tons of lumbar support and, with ventilation for both seats in the front, you and your co-pilot never have to worry about sweaty backs or cold butts.
In all the 2010 CTS-V is a real player in the mid-size luxury performance sedan market. It has the right power, the right build quality, the right performance, the right size, and the right amount of luxury to easily persuade someone from its German competitors.
2010 Cadillac CTS-V Borla Sport Exhaust Vs. Stock
Check out the first 2010 Cadillac CTS-V with Borla Exhaust installed. 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Stock vs. Borla's Sport true Cat-Back Exhaust System. Watch stock startup, rev, Dyno run at Borla. In addition, we also included video and Dyno clips right after the Exhaust install at Borla. You will be able to really hear the awesome throaty V8 muscle car sound on this CTS-V which is subtle, yet aggressive at the same time. Contact us for undercarriage pictures of the full Exhaust system. This Exhaust actually gets rid of the stock left side flat pipe in favor of true high quality mandrel bent Exhaust piping AND this Exhaust actually gets rid of the rear worthless stock secondary catalytic converters to give you the ultimate sound and flow without sacrificing performance. This Exhaust allows you to retain the stock front catalytic converters. Dyno gains were 7 Rear Wheel horsepower and 9 Rear Wheel FT-LB. of Torque. The Borla Exhaust also removed a good amount of weight due to superior lightweight T6-6061 aluminum materials which has resulted in higher power which can't be measured on a Dyno. All in all, you can hear and feel the power!!!
PIPE WILL FIT 09+ CTS-V
2012 CTS-V Wagon Magnaflow cat back exhaust
Magnaflow used my car to design their wagon cat-back Exhaust system on my CTS-V Wagon. I am very happy with it. They are also designing different mufflers that have a more aggressive sound and no drone to offer 2 systems. The system on my car now has hardly any drone at all. It's great.