Flash Drive: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
This new CTS-V is simply amazing. The fastest production Cadillac ever made, it will easily stand toe-to-toe with the offerings from BMW's M and Mercedes' AMG divisions. The V looks good, too, stepping out a bit from the standard CTS with a special grille, wheels and exhaust. But the visual differences are subtle; consequently, the V could easily be dismissed as the standard-model CTS. The V's interior is stylish, with comfortable seats covered in soft Alcantara leather and plenty of legroom for passengers. As with other GM products, the navigation and audio controls are intuitive, with a large, easy-to-read screen. I was a little surprised and disappointed at the bad fit and finish, however — the space between the dashboard and the door was wide enough to fit my hand in. But there were no issues with what's under the hood. The CTS-V bests rivals from both German competitors with a supercharged 556-horsepower V8 engine that creates the most wonderful symphony of sounds, combining a throaty V8 with the turbinelike whine of the supercharger. Acceleration is amazingly smooth, with power coming on much quicker than you realize — full throttle on an entrance ramp found triple-digit speeds before I could glance at the speedometer. Unfortunately, my heavy right foot resulted in an average of just 11.2 mpg. With a base price almost $30K less than the German offerings the CTS-V is a great value, as well. Comfortable on the road, roomy interior, power to spare — this could be the perfect family sports sedan. – Perry Stern
The Cadillac CTS-V is like a mythical fire-breathing dragon. Although it's a tiny bit overweight, this sports sedan can still easily fly around corners as if it had wings that let it carve through the air. And of course there's the fire! When you pour on the power, the CTS-V draws a deep breath, both to select the perfect gear and to fill the lungs of the supercharger, and then explodes down the road like nothing else that can carry four people in comfort. And like that mythical dragon, the Cadillac still offers riches, with a comfortable, spacious interior, and luxurious materials on all the surfaces. There is no doubt that the CTS-V is one of the very best sports sedans ever made. And it's huge fun to drive! – Paul Hagger
The second-generation Cadillac CTS is already a world-class sports sedan, but the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V elevates the performance to another level. Powered by a 556-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 similar to the one in the Corvette ZR-1, the CTS-V is quick — and a slight squeeze of the throttle quickly eclipses the speed limit. For a performance beast, the V's ride and handling are refined, thanks to the Magnetic Ride Control, putting it on par with any sports sedan in the world; i.e., it doesn't feel like a no-holds-barred hot rod, even though it is so fast. And even though traction control is part of the package, it's perfectly tuned to allow just a bit of slip without being intrusive. But not all is perfect. The large brakes take additional pedal pressure for low-speed stops, and the wide A-pillars and mirrors are difficult to see around. — Mike Meredith