By on December 17, 2014

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

It’s been a long time coming: Cadillac’s third-gen CTS-V will hit the ramp at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Autoblog reports the high-performance premium sedan will bow January 13, though little else was mentioned at this time.

The previous CTS-V threw down against the likes of the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63, thanks to a detuned 6.2-liter V8 lifted from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The publication speculates Cadillac could use that play again, with the assist coming from the 650-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood of the Corvette Stingray Z06.

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92 Comments on “Detroit 2015: New Cadillac CTS-V Debuting January 13...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Cadillac Hellcat

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    A CTS-V vs 300 Hellcat rivalry would be entertaining.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    What you will hear is this: To small interior. To cheap interior. Over priced for what it is. GM has failed again…and so on and so on.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      Haters gonna hate? Perhaps they just don’t appreciate the nuances of a fine Teuton…I mean brashly American sedan.

      • 0 avatar
        sportyaccordy

        Yea an American sedan with an alphabet soup name and a chassis benchmarked after a 15 year old German sedan

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          “Yea an American sedan with an alphabet soup name that will blow the doors off any BMW sedan”

          FTFY

          • 0 avatar
            LectroByte

            The engine rocks, and when they come off lease in 3 years, it’ll be way cheaper than the same vintage M5. Other than that, if you were buying this with your own money, would you pull the trigger on one tomorrow?

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          Bloody shame the Germans don’t have the sense to benchmark their own chassis’ from an era where they were still at least decent…..

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        I understand it and appreciate it. The question I would ask is does Cadillac’s new marketing team understand it or will they just let it wither on the vine while scratching their hipster heads while thinking, ew, too “murican”

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          It doesn’t matter what the marketing department does with these. The Corvette and LS/LT engine modder crowd will snap these up.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Of course and what an opportunity for a savvy marketing department to capitalize on the real performance aspect of Cadillac instead of chasing imaginary brand cachet

          • 0 avatar
            Fred

            Nice hot rod, and the styling is growing on me. But at $75,000 it is up against some stiff competition. They are going to need all that NYC branding/marketing stuff to move these.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          Melody Lee & Johann de Man are telling Publicis to come up with a Christmas Party ad featuring the CTS-V where the swinger guests donned in masquerade masks ala Eyes Wide Shut pull up to the Orgy House festooned in Christmas lights in their various Cadillacs, including V-Sports and the CTS-V.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Better that house than Bob Bashara’s basement…

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Ooh, kinky Cadillacs

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Is that a good movie? I was too young to see it when it came out, and I never did.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Horrible movie. Really, really bad.

            Tom Cruise, R Kelly & John Travolta South Park Scientology episode was so much better.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Good, I won’t bother then!

            Did you see Gone Girl? That was a pretty dark movie (which was good, IMO).

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            It was an awful movie, don’t bother

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            I was thinking about seeing it, my allergic reaction to Ben Affleck notwithstanding.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I don’t like him either, but it is certainly the best and most intense movie I’ve seen this year. It takes its time and drags you in pretty well. Definitely the best acting I’ve seen him do, as well.

            He and the wife share the screen time pretty well, so it’s not all about watching him.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Affleck as Batman ought to be interesting, but then I thought Micheal Keaton was great, so what do I know

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            What is up with the lack of compelling Batman choices?

            Keaton was awful. Bale was awful (as Barman) even though Dark Knight & Dark Knight Rises were both great (thanks to Ledger)/good (thanks to Hardy) respectively (despite Christian Bale, not due to him)…

            Who’d make an actually good Batman?

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Adam West?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @DW

            Bale made a great Barman, but I agree he was lacking at Batman.

            Incidentally when they filmed the final movie here, Bale rented a extremely swanky house about a mile from where I live for the six or eight weeks he filmed here we heard for 10K/mo. His only condition was absolute secrecy which was achieved, at least among us handsome locals.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Yeah, I tried to edit but no WordPress dice.

            Bale isn’t un-talented necessarily, but his portrayal of Batman came off as so flat and impersonal as to sprout a well-deserved huge parody meme.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            Clooney fans are we?

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Val Kilmer…

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @danio

            Kill it with fire.

            Aw no wait I’d better be nice to him or he’ll never get any sleep.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @bball

            Thanks, now I have to watch Heat.

            “Told you I’m never going back”

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Heat is great. I had it on Blu-Ray, but it was lost in the great flood of my basement. I guess I’ll ask the FEMA to give me money to replace it.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Netflix should have it. Between it and bit-torrent I stopped buying DVDs years ago.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            The loss of my DVDs pushed me over the edge to just Netflix/Amazon Prime/stream everything. Except for Winnie the Pooh. As a father, I will keep that BluRay handy. God bless that bear.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I kinda like Winnie the Pooh myself since the characters were inoffensive, although all the sexual innuendo in even the films we watched makes me skeptical on what children see today. I feel like if I had children it would be endless reruns of Mister Rodger’s Neighborhood only.

            http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2014/01/sexual-innuendo-childrens-movies/the-little-mermaid

  • avatar
    danio3834

    What a time to be alive.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Thank God… a Caddy sedan with a V8. What a novel concept

  • avatar
    DukeMantee

    Will the ignition key interfere with the tilt steering column,as in so many other Gov. Motors vehicles?
    Let the recalls begin…

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    This is not a “Cadillac.”

    This is GM engaged in a Power Point exercise born of one executives decision, some time ago, likely in a pre-BK setting in some GM conference room, that Cadillac needs to chase the “then” performance of BMW’s M division if it wanted to have credibility.

    So, Cadillac threw the plush ride, bold/distinctive American styling, spacious interior (including back seat) & large trunk OUT WITH THE ENTIRE BATH TUB, in an attempt to catch BMW’s performance division.

    And now?…

    …now the Dodge Challenger with any of its available V8s is more Cadillac than Cadillac.

    (I won’t mention the gauges or Melody Lee airhead pricing of new Clack-i-leaks)

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      “(I won’t mention the gauges or Melody Lee airhead pricing of new Clack-i-leaks)”

      um, that’s pronounced Cadowhack

      – You’re welcome

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      But sir, if you would like a large, prestigious, comfortable and RWD V8 powered American-style car, purchase something like an LS460L!

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Or the L430.

        I’m so disgusted with Clack-i-Lack that for the first time, I’ll admit I’d rather have a big, comfy Lincoln MKS, warts and all, than any new Cadillac.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Infiniti will also do you a LWB now! But you gotta like the looks. Though it IS considerably less expensive than the LS, and has a larger V8.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I replied, but I used the word cons!derably without realizing. It’ll show up eventually.

        • 0 avatar
          Chocolatedeath

          DW..You?? of all folks would prefer a Lincoln..hell certainly has frozen.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I’d take an MKS too or an MY12 Zephyr, but it still burns me I can’t get a Lincoln I can see out of after MY12. Loads of future fail in store for those owners when all the doodads and workarounds start to break.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            I caught Steve Lang’s article yesterday on the site that shall not be named (and that I rarely visit) about hittin’ em where they ain’t in terms of the depreciation the MKS and (pre-2014) MKZ (with the pre-2013 MKZ being better than the current one), and how they have comfy seats, are reasonably hushed, ride well enough, and have decent leather and niceties, plus lots of room.

            They don’t squeeze your genitalia, rattle your teeth, require monthly repairs & destroy your retirement account like Art & Science “we’re a brand, not an automaker” Melody Lee/Johann de “Come at me, brah!” on Facebook Cadillacs do.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            As someone who champions CPO Lincolns as a value purchase, I was going to point that article out as well. 2012MY MKZs are a great buy right now because they are all coming off lease. The MkT is always a great CPO buy if you can live with the styling. I’d really think about getting a CPO MKS if I wasn’t so happy with my C-Max.

            My parents took my recommendation, and so should other people. Their 2012 Lincoln MKZ AWD cost them under $20K and it had around 20K miles. They could have picked one up for under $15K if my mother didn’t want Nav, a backup camera, and AWD.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @bball

            Wasn’t that originally my recommendation? :)

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            28-

            Very true. You are the OG when it comes to the MKZephyr.

            I am an advocate of the Lincoln CPO program, regardless of model. You are an advocate of the 09-12 MKZ/Fusion as your used car lock of the week on a regular basis.

            My recommendation to them was based on your recommendation for that specific model, my experience with the CPO program, and other infomation gathered here (Danio has also talked about the positives of the second gen Fusion/MKZ).

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @bball

            Ty, the preowned LM is where it’s at in value for the money.

            Verano may get my pick in the small car segment.

            MY13 Verano Base

            11/20/14 CHICAGO Lease $11,600 17,918 Avg SILVER 4G A Yes
            12/16/14 STATESVL Lease $12,400 24,525 Avg BLACK 4G A Yes
            12/15/14 GEORGIA Lease $12,000 32,809 Avg BLACK 4G A Yes
            12/09/14 GEORGIA Lease $11,100 37,827 Avg GRAY 4G A Yes
            12/16/14 ARENA IL Lease $11,200 40,815 Avg BROWN 4ET A Yes

            MY13 Verano Leather

            12/02/14 ORLANDO Regular $15,400 6,048 Above WHITE 4G A Yes
            12/02/14 RIVRSIDE Lease $16,250 10,322 Above WHITE 4G A Yes
            11/20/14 TX HOBBY Regular $15,000 18,774 Above BLACK 4G A Yes
            11/17/14 ORLANDO $13,200 20,097 Avg BLACK 4G O No
            11/18/14 PORTLAND Lease $14,200 24,837 Above BLACK 4G A Yes
            11/18/14 ORLANDO $12,400 44,772 Avg BLUE 4G A Yes
            11/25/14 ORLANDO $12,300 45,250 Avg WHITE 4G A Yes
            12/12/14 PA $11,700 45,321 Avg WHITE 4G P Yes
            12/01/14 ORLANDO $11,700 45,584 Avg SILVER 4G A Yes
            11/25/14 ORLANDO $11,700 45,779 Avg GREY 4G A Yes
            12/09/14 ORLANDO $12,000 46,263 Avg BLUE 4G A Yes
            12/16/14 ORLANDO $12,400 46,379 Avg GRAY 4G A Yes

          • 0 avatar
            Featherston

            @ 28 and bball,

            You’re making me feel a little less crazy. The woman who parks next to me in my building has a Mercury Milan of that generation that she got CPO. Ignoring the disclaimer that my experience with it is limited solely to looking through the side windows, my suspicion has been that she got a great price on it and that is was a lot of car for the money.

    • 0 avatar
      sckid213

      DeadWeight, your hatred for Cadillac is reaching unhealthy levels. N’est-ce pas?

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Lol, it’s just a frickin’ car

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Cadillac and its GM Power Point handlers have very much richly & deservedly earned my hatred and the hatred of many, many others.

        Cadillac should re-named Pontiac, and all their cars should receive an across the board 35% price cut off MSRP.

        At least then, there would be a more sane case (although still not entirely logical one) for its existence.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          Even if it was a Pontiac you’d still hate the gauge cluster

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            No! Bring back the 2006 Pontiac G6 gauge cluster!

            It’s way better than the ATS one or standard CTS one:

            2006 Pontiac G6 Gauges – a 16k vehicle?:

            http://dealerrevs.com/gallery/46939005.html

            2015 Cadillac ATS/CTS Gauges – a 36k to ??? (70k)?? vehicle?:

            https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/2013-Cadillac-ATS-3.6-AWD-010.jpg

            And bonus comparisons:

            2015 VW Golf TSI Gauges (not even GTI, either) – a 20k vehicle:

            http://www.cnet.com/pictures/2015-volkswagen-golf-tsi-tdi-pictures/21/

            2015 Hyundai Sonata Gauges – a 20kish vehicle:

            http://www.auto-classics.com/the-design-and-appearance-of-hyundai-sonata-sport/2015-hyundai-sonata-sport-gauge-cluster

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        He hates most things, you’ll get used to it. Apparently there’s never been a good Batman actor, either.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    Cars magazines always love this car and yet perhaps not surprisingly, I rarely see them on the road. I guess I’m glad GM can and is making this car, but I wonder how many I’ll actually see.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      That’s cause they cost the same as performance sedans with German credibility and more prestige. :(

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        You mean they they cost less and blow the doors off comparable German cars. The M5 starts at 93k now. Talk about asinine price points.

        • 0 avatar
          jkross22

          The Cadillacs are nice to look at, but when you get in one at an auto show and then get in a 5 series, it’s not close. On paper, the CTS is a 1/2 size smaller, but feels a full size smaller. It’s harder to get in and out of the CTS for those of us with long torsos and ‘cozy’ would be a nice way of describing the CTS interior. It felt no more or less roomy than a 3 series, a car that is supposedly a 1/2 size smaller.

          Maybe it’s just packaging, but I went from being interested in a CTS to being disappointed with it.

        • 0 avatar
          LectroByte

          To paraphrase the late Lou Reed, everybody has to pay and pay. M5 prices are crazy high, but they seem to be worth it to a lot of folks, so there you are.

  • avatar
    John

    I am digging the circa 1999 body kit and Pep Boys fog lights.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    All this GM hate thing is pretty tired. If you like or hate the styling, fine, comment accordingly, but until you actually see one up close and sit in it to try it out for size, the juvenile hate stuff is just that – juvenile, and I don’t think anyone on here is still in high school!

    Me? I wouldn’t buy a Cadillac – it’s not my style as I tend to be a Chevy guy, but over the years, any brand loyalty I used to have has changed. I’ve owned Chrysler products, AMC, Ford, Honda and for the last 10.5 years, 2 Chevys. I’ve had no complaints with them, either.

    Right now, if I had to buy a new car, I’d be looking at all the mid-sizers plus the new Toyota Corolla, as I was seriously impressed with it at our auto show early this year.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      It’s less hate and more Cadillac has lost its way/identity/soul/raison d’être in a very bad way.

      *IMO.

      • 0 avatar
        Zackman

        Well, I don’t know about Cadillac “losing its way” as much as there is no longer much of a market for land barges as that applies to traditional cars – it’s all big SUVs & crossovers now.

        If you want a big Buick, you have to buy an Enclave. Likewise Cadillac – you are buying essentially a truck in the Escalade, which to me is a joke, but they manage to pull it off.

        I agree Cadillac needs its own identity – platforms and vehicles unique to Cadillac and not merely rebadged Chevys. That goes for all the touchy-feely stuff as well, ie; real chromed metal knobs, switches and interior goodies, not to mention durable upholstery, not just padded vinyl.

        I suppose that’s not going to happen, so they are going after the BMW/Lexus crowd, using the higher performance sports coupe/sedan angle. Hope they manage it.

    • 0 avatar
      Secret Hi5

      You don’t go to Fox News for fair and balanced ‘news,’ do you?

  • avatar
    cartunez

    If only the CTS V had the build quality of a Lexus LS460 with the existing GM power train there would be no need to purchase a BMW M or Mercedes AMG.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      If only the CTS in any of its variations had the build quality of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis…

      …Cadillac wouldn’t have a 150 to 170 day inventory/glut of them even after shutting production down.

      Oh yeah, a 6 cylinder base level 2015 Hyundai Genesis is 38k MSRP and 34k with some haggling, and is better built, better trimmed, more durable, more reliable, more comfortable, and overall just better than any 50k to 70k CadiScrap.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    I’m hoping for a cts-v hellcat showdown here or at another webzine. Ford is missing the party. Stuff that GT500 motor in something with a back seat that has it’s own doors.

  • avatar
    stuki

    As long as the 650HP ‘Z06 engine, also comes with the option of the manual Z06 tranny, or a “real” auto, Caddy could very well be on to something….

  • avatar

    I wonder how many here have actually driven one of these …… the previous version, that is. From a car guy for decades and having wheeled machinery from drag cars, AMG Hammers, 288 GTOs, Porsche 959s, etc., etc., the V Series CTS is an awesome machine. It need not apologize to anyone as it speaks competently for itself. That is not to say it is an everyday practical vehicle for those who give a rat’s ass about fuel economy and insurance costs. It is what it is, a wonderful exercise in building a thrill seeking 4 dr. sedan..

  • avatar

    Fifteen years ago it would be hard to imagine America producing world-class vehicles like the, Hellcat, CTS-V, Mustang, and Stingray. Interior quality is the only area where Detroit still lags a little, and even in this area things are not all that bad.

    Maybe America is producing it best cars since the 30’s to compensate for losing its manned space program. I certainly have more pride in the current crop of American cars than are declining space program, which I consider a modern-day American tragedy.

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