The Cadillac CTS-V is all-new for the 2009 model year, following closely behind the 2008 remodel of the regular CTS sedan. There won't be any mistaking a Cadillac CTS-V for the base model CTS, though, as quite a few exterior and interior modifications set the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V luxury sport sedan apart.
The exterior styling of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V receives more than its fair share of praise in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Automobile Magazine gushes that "Cadillac's faceted-design language has really come into its own in the second-generation CTS," and they love that the Cadillac CTS-V "doesn't screw it up with a lot of gratuitous, 'sporty' add-ons." There are some visual distinctions, though, and Autoblog points out that the Cadillac CTS-V "stands out in a crowd more than either its lesser siblings or its predecessor," thanks to the fact that "the big mesh grille now has twice the open area of the previous V." Motor Trend reviewers also mention the "satin-finish mesh grille, deeper front and rear fascias, and ominously bulged hood." One of the more innovative styling touches, according to Automobile Magazine, "is the rear CHMSL (center high-mounted stop light), which is reshaped to add downforce at high speeds, eliminating the need for a rear spoiler."
One of the most notable improvements on the second-generation CTS comes to the interior, which receives a substantial redesign. The same holds true for the interior of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, and Jalopnik reviewers ask, "Know how awkward most current BMW interiors are and how cheap most current Mercedes feel? The CTS-V is better. Seriously." Automobile Magazine says the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V "cabin manages to look both purposeful and classy," thanks to an interior "set off by the varying textures of its materials." Compared to the standard CTS, Road & Track remarks that "the gauges on the CTS-V are noticeably different," featuring "red tracers [that] follow the sweeping needles and add a technical sophistication." ConsumerGuide, however, finds some fault with the interior, claiming that the Cadillac CTS-V "puts form over function when it comes to the use of major controls," since "the v-shape center console stack puts most buttons into a smallish area of the dashboard." On the positive side, ConsumerGuide also reports that "the navigation screen is large and legible, and quickly powers up or down."