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Cadillac CTS-V Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 556 hp @ 6100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V

  • The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V delivers a combination of world-class performance, style and value that's tough to beat.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Stunning acceleration, superb handling, distinctive appearance, reasonable price tag.

  • Cons

    Hefty curb weight makes itself known in tight corners, standard front seats lack support in aggressive driving.

  • What's New for 2010

    The Cadillac CTS-V returns largely unchanged for 2010. Minor updates include a new cabin air filtration system and a new optional interior wood trim package with a synthetic-suede-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.

Full 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Review

What's New for 2010

The Cadillac CTS-V returns largely unchanged for 2010. Minor updates include a new cabin air filtration system and a new optional interior wood trim package with a synthetic-suede-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.


The idea is as old as hot-rodding itself. Take a familiar production model, stuff in the biggest, baddest V8 you can find and -- voilŗ! -- you have an unassuming set of wheels that will leave even dedicated sports car drivers wondering what just happened as your taillights disappear in a cloud of tire smoke.

While the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V bears little physical resemblance to Detroit's original muscle cars, the parallels are hard to ignore. Using the same basic formula that turned mild-mannered cars like the 1965 Pontiac Tempest into the much-celebrated GTO, Cadillac engineers have transformed their mainstream luxury sedan into a high-performance monster that eats significantly more expensive European sport sedans for breakfast.

Naturally, those engineers have learned an awful lot about hopping up a standard model over the past few decades, and you'll find the sum total of that knowledge reflected in this second-generation CTS-V. But unlike those first factory hot rods, which are painfully crude by modern standards, this highest evolution of the entry-level Cadillac is as sophisticated as anything on the road.

Of course, with cars in this super-sedan category it's all about performance. And in this case, the performance potential borders on mind-boggling. For starters, the 556-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under the hood allows the portly 4,300-pound CTS-V to rip from zero to 60 mph in a tad over 4 seconds. It also helps the CTS-V top every other high-performance production sedan we've ever tested through the quarter-mile. Moreover, the rigid chassis and sophisticated electronically controlled suspension give the Caddy equally impressive handling. For proof, look no further than our recent super-sedan comparison test, in which the CTS-V edged out the legendary BMW M5 around the racetrack.

What seals the deal, however, is the bang for the buck this compact Caddy delivers. While we're just as fond of the comparably priced BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, it's hard to argue with the CTS-V's combination of world-class performance and passenger space, which makes it competitive with far pricier rivals like the M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V does have a few faults, albeit minor ones. At 4,300 pounds, this sedan can feel like the big hunk of metal it is on a winding stretch of road. And the standard front seats leave much to be desired in terms of both comfort and support. But nitpicks notwithstanding, the CTS-V is a magical muscle car that's sure to win both the hearts and minds of modern-day hot-rodders everywhere.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V high-performance sport sedan returns in a single well-equipped trim level. Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, adaptive xenon headlights, an adaptive suspension with adjustable dampers, keyless ignition/entry (including remote start on automatic-transmission models) and rear park assist.

Inside, the standard features list continues with leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats with driver-seat memory, a suede-trimmed power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control. High-tech bells and whistles include OnStar, Bluetooth, a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic updates and a Bose surround-sound audio system with a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, USB/auxiliary audio jacks and digital music storage.

Options include 14-way power-adjustable Recaro sport seats with heating and ventilation, a panoramic sunroof and a wood interior trim package.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 -- a slightly detuned version of the engine under the carbon-fiber hood of the mighty Corvette ZR1. It sends a jaw-dropping 556 hp and 551 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift buttons is available as an option.

In performance testing, an automatic-equipped CTS-V sprinted from zero to 60 mph in an astounding 4.3 seconds and ran through the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 114.7 mph. Braking performance was also excellent, with a CTS-V equipped with the optional "Track" brake package generating a stopping distance of 109 feet from 60 mph.

The EPA puts the CTS-V's estimated fuel economy at 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined with the manual transmission, and 12/18/14 mpg with the automatic.


The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control and traction control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. GM's OnStar emergency communications system is also standard.

The regular CTS on which this "V" model is based has earned a "Good" rating (the highest possible) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in both frontal- and side-impact crash tests. In government frontal crash tests, the CTS earned four stars (out of a possible five) for the driver and five stars for front passenger protection. The CTS also received a five-star government rating for both front- and rear-seat passenger protection in side-impact crashes.

Interior Design and Special Features

First, the bad news: The 2010 CTS-V's interior isn't much different from that of the regular CTS model. Now the good news: The CTS already sports one of the nicer passenger compartments in the segment. The overall look is high-class, with an attractive and functional layout for gauges and controls. Materials aren't class-leading, but they're generally high quality and a noticeable improvement over those used in the previous generation. The synthetic suede seat inserts and steering wheel and shift knob trim are an especially nice touch.

As noted earlier, the CTS-V's interior also sports as much head- and legroom as some midsize super-sedan competitors. The cabin's most significant shortcoming is the standard front seats, which are lacking in both comfort and the support required for spirited driving. The optional Recaro seats address both these issues and are highly recommended. Out back, the trunk offers a smallish 13.6 cubic feet of cargo room, and the relatively narrow opening can make loading bulky items difficult. The split-folding rear seat found on other CTS models isn't available here, but a trunk pass-through opening is standard.

Driving Impressions

The fact that the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V tips the scales at just over 4,300 pounds makes its astounding performance all the more remarkable. The combination of its 556-hp V8 and modest exhaust note makes the CTS-V deceptively fast. While the manual transmission is a good one, with a nice firm action and a surprisingly light and progressive clutch, you'll actually get faster acceleration times with the automatic transmission when it's in Sport mode. However, the automatic doesn't confidently blip the throttle on downshifts like a C63 AMG, and it's not the quickest or smoothest unit we've experienced.

The CTS-V's standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension offers a good balance between ride quality and handling via driver-selectable Tour or Sport modes. While it's capable of throwing down some seriously quick lap times, the CTS-V can't hide its 2-ton-plus mass on a winding piece of asphalt. That hefty feeling in tight corners is quickly forgotten, however, when you turn its mighty V8 loose on the straightaways.

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2010 cts-v 4dr sedan

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M)

I decided to purchase the Cadillac to come back and purchase a car made in America that is as good if not better than the German cars. I switched from my 750i BMW to this car. Before the BMW I had an AMG E55 Mercedes and both those cars were great. I drove the new E63 AMG and the M5 before deciding on the Caddy. I have put 2000 miles on the car and it really is a great car. Everything works, the car looks great, nice fit and finish. The engine just has a nice rumble and everything works with no drama. Just press the gas pedal and hang on! Handling reminds of my Porsche, just a tight nice ride and it loves the hills. A GREAT value for such a world class car. No regrets at all.

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M)

I recently purchased the CTS-V 2010 and every where I went someone wanted to know is that the new "V" and was very impressed by the look, interior style and sound. The ride is plush, with a rocket for a motor and acceleration is just awesome. I purchased a 2006 SRT 10 Ram "Viper powered" new and added aftermarket products. Although the truck is awesome for acceleration and handling, it has nothing on the CTS-V. Both are eye catchers but the CTS-V is a head taller. Ride, comfort, interior design, music, performance is just outstanding in the V. If you are ready for the ride of your life, buy one or make friends with someone who has a CTS-V because any seat is the ride of your life.

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M)

If 556 HP, numerous features, 14 way Recaro seats, leather and luxury is desired, this is a vehicle to consider. Driven everyday as a daily driver, but has the capability to be taken very seriously on a track or closed high speed course. Think of it as a 4 door Corvette with a back seat and trunk. The Magnetic Ride Control suspension and selectable Comfort/Sport and (4) StabiliTrack settings work like a dream. BMW owners with Sport Packages would likely keep it set to Sport mode and not notice any harsh or bumpy ride. Designed by GM Performance group and utilizes many Corvette ZR-1 parts. Download the brochure from the Cadillac web site to see all of the features at a quick glance.

Impressive ride

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M)

This is the easiest-to-drive car Iíve ever driven or owned. Itís so powerful! Not just fast, itís powerful. Itís a dream to handle in part because itís impressively powerful. It speeds up, slows down, turns corners and does everything very, very well, and of course, itís very powerful. Itís better than any of the pony cars Iíve owned or the ĎVetts or the imported sports cars. Itís better than the BMW it replaced. Itís gorgeous inside and out. It looks good and feels good and it impresses even me. It is the 23rd new car Iíve treated myself to since I graduated college and it is the unqualified best ever. Oh, and itís very powerful, too.

Buy this car

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M)

The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V review-Bottom line is this car is extremely fast, strikingly good looking inside and out, and left me feeling like a king on the road. Its top-notch specs left me in awe to say the least. I would recommend anybody who has the money to buy one of these and see for themselves.Exterior: My first glance at this vehicle left me very impressed. The body and look of the car is very eloquent but it has a sporty edge that I ultimately fell in love with. The 19" wheels and fenders give this car a ferocious look. The huge satin grill on the front of the car tops it all off. To put it simple, this car looksveryhigh-class.Interior: The inside of the vehicle is very eloquent but

Love my cts-v sedan

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Vehicle: 2010 Cadillac CTS-V 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M)

I'm in my mid thirties, which is not the age of your typical Cadillac driver. I traded in my manual 2005 Corvette, which was thoroughly modified, for an automatic 2009 Caddy CTS-V sedan. Every morning when I switch on the light in the garage, I am still thrilled to own this car. This car is the ultimate sleeper as only "car people" know what it is. I've taken it to the drag strip, and it's actually faster than my Vette, it ran a 12.1, completely stock! Have I mentioned handling? I love the way this car attacks corners. The car feels more planted in high speed corners than my Corvette. Simply amazing considering this is a luxury sedan.

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Gas Mileage


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  • 19
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