April 16, 2003
Cadillac unveils CTS-V performance model
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