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As the automotive experts at TheCarConnection.com assembled this comprehensive review focusing on the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V sport sedan, they consulted with a wide range of review sources. Then to make this review as useful as possible, TheCarConnection.com's editors included their own firsthand experience driving the CTS-V—including track time.
- Stupid fast, but secure and easy to drive
- Track-ready suspension and braking
- Surprisingly supple ride quality
- Stunning interior stands out from the rest
- Impressive materials and build quality
- As close as you can get to a four-door Corvette
- Exterior styling doesn't have widespread appeal
- Cluttered controls and displays
- Paddle shifters require separate shift gate
- Steering lacks a feel of the road
The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V is a limited-production, very high-performance sedan based on the mid-size CTS sport sedan. The model is the latest in a series of Cadillac V-Series cars, all oriented toward top performance, motorsports, and exclusivity. The new CTS-V returns completely redesigned for 2009, with an appearance that borrows heavily from the standard CTS but adding, most notably, a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine making 556 horsepower—enough to take on the best sport sedans from Germany.
Last year, the CTS line received an extensively refreshed exterior, along with a much-acclaimed, completely redesigned interior. From either the front or rear, the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V has a boxy, angular appearance, though the cues soften in the middle with smoother doorlines and handles. Design details abound, including recessed, jewel-like headlamps, meshlike upper and lower grilles, a well-sculpted front fascia, and integrated fog lamps in front. From the side, the CTS-V has a relatively high beltline that rises to a high decklid in back, where stylish vertical tail lamps flank the corners and lid crease is lined with a spoilerlike strip of LEDs. Flashy 19-inch wheels, polished or painted, have V-shaped spoke segments and showcase the heavy-duty Brembo brake hardware. The V-Series is also designated on the outside by several small badges, as well as a chromed side air vent at the back of the front fender.