April 16, 2003

Cadillac unveils CTS-V performance model

2004 Cadillac CTS-V

2004 Cadillac CTS-V
GM North America President Gary Cowger (right) and Cadillac General Manager Mark LaNeve reveal the all-new 2004 Cadillac CTS-V during its world-wide introduction in New York, Tuesday, April 15, 2003 prior to the opening of the New York Auto Show. Production of the high-performance, manual transmission CTS-V is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2003. Click images to enlarge

New York, New York – Cadillac unveiled the most powerful production car ever in its lineup, the CTS-V on Tuesday. Production is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2003.

The CTS-V is the first model to be developed by the new General Motors Performance Division, an in-house centre designed to explore potential enthusiast-oriented versions of production models.

Equipped with a 5.7 litre V8 engine expected to produce 400 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, CTS-V marks Cadillac’s entrance into the high performance luxury car market. The CTS-V is equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission, large performance brakes at all four corners, 18-inch wheels and tires, retuned shock absorbers and steering for the performance chassis changes and a host of interior and exterior styling refinements.

Powertrain highlights include an LS-6 V-8 engine with aluminum block, two-valve cylinder heads, revisions to the air induction system and an enlarged dual exhaust system. Power is delivered through the six-speed manual Tremec T56 transmission that features a dual mass flywheel for reduced noise and vibration harshness. A heavy-duty, increased diameter, 70-mm prop shaft is utilized for the higher torque requirements. The limited-slip rear axle is fitted with a 3.73:1 final drive ratio to optimize acceleration.

Following extensive development at the N

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