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Cadillac CTS-V Year by Year Changes


The 2004 CTS-V – Cadillac’s ambitious entry into the low-volume, high-performance luxury car niche – represents the first vehicle to wear the divisions V-Series badge.

Equipped with a revised LS6 5.7-liter 400-horsepower V8 engine mated to a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission, the CTS-V is a highly refined performance sedan that’s designed and engineered for driving enthusiasts, whether on the road or at the track.

Based upon GM’s new rear-wheel-drive Sigma architecture – which also is the foundation for the CTS sedan, SRX luxury utility and future STS luxury sedan – the CTS-V incorporates a series of high-performance refinements tuned on the world’s most renowned tracks, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany.

The result is the most powerful production car in Cadillac’s lineup – and one that is engineered to more than hold it’s own with some of the industry’s most renowned high-performance luxury sport vehicles, including entries from the BMW M-series, Audi S-series and Mercedes-Benz AMG series.

CTS-V enters this prestigious club currently near – or at the top – of the high-performance luxury car niche in terms of horsepower per vehicle pound. The car is engineered with near 50/50 weight distribution and reaches 60 mph from in an estimated 4.6 seconds.

However, the CTS-V is about much more than raw power.

The exterior of the luxury sport sedan has been revised with purposeful enhancements, including: larger front and rear fascias and rockers; seven-spoke 18-inch flangeless wheels; dual investment-cast stainless steel exhaust tips; wire-mesh upper grille and lower front air intake; and badging that incorporates the distinctive Cadillac V-Series emblem.

Interior revisions include suede seat inserts to hold the driver in place during high-speed maneuvering; accent stitching throughout; driver and passenger adjustable lumbar; satin chrome and real aluminum accents; a lowered, shorter center armrest that ensures ergonomic manual shifting, especially in cases of high lateral G-force; and a completely revised instrument cluster with two Driver Information Center (DIC) readouts controlled by steering wheel mounted switches.

Vehicle Highlights

  • First model in Cadillac’s new V-Series line of luxury performance vehicles
  • Low-volume, high performance luxury sedan
  • 5.7L V-8 (LS6) engine with 400 horsepower (298 kw) and 395 lb.-ft. (533 Nm) of torque
  • Top speed of 163 mph (262 km/h), 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds
  • Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission
  • Performance-tuned shocks, springs and stabilizer bars
  • Brembo brakes with 14-inch rotors
  • Distinctive V-Series badging

2005 CTS-V:  no major changes

New Features
  Exterior Color 29U (WA-964L) Red Line. Red Line available at extra cost
  Exterior Color 46U (WA-928L) Stealth Gray
  One new interior color: 133 Light Gray

2006 CTS-V

For 2006, CTS-V receives a new engine, and the power sunroof will now be standard equipment.

The four-door, rear-wheel drive CTS-V now uses the overhead valve 6.0L V-8 LS2 engine (replacing the LS6) producing the same 400 horsepower (298 kw) and 395 lb.-ft. (536 Nm) of torque. Acceleration figures include 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 163 mph (262 km). The quarter mile is achieved in 13.1 seconds at 109 mph.

Engine highlights include an aluminum block, two-valve cylinder heads with revisions to the air induction system, and an enlarged dual exhaust system for an impressive V-8 sound. The LS2 V-8 provides CTS-V with racetrack-proven performance, along with smooth, quiet operation and outstanding reliability, durability and quality. The engine’s lightweight aluminum construction – including its cylinder heads and block – delivers an excellent power-to-weight ratio (1:9.6) and good chassis balance (53 percent front / 47 percent rear).

The 2006 model also received a redesigned rear differential.
  Exterior color (29U) Red Line
  Interior color (705) Light Neutral
  (LS6) 5.7L OHV High Performance Engine
New Features
  Exterior color 80U (WA-301N) Infrared. Available at extra charge.
  Interior color 315 Light Cashmere
  (LS2) 6.0L High Performance V8 Engine
  (CF5) Sunroof now included in PEG

2007 CTS-V
  Exterior color (46U) Stealth Gray
New Features
  Exterior color (30U) Thunder Gray. Available at extra charge.
  (UBS) Audio system feature, XM Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic
  (QJL) P245/45R18-96V Goodyear RSA, extended mobility tires

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