2009 Cadillac CTS-V Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Cadillac CTS-V - Road Test Specs

2009 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

(6.2L V8 Supercharger 6-speed Manual)


Model year2009
Style4dr Sedan
Base MSRP$65,000 estimated
Options on test vehicleN/A
As-tested MSRPN/A


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeSupercharged 90-degree V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6,162cc (376 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainOHV, 2 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0:1
Redline (rpm)6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)556 @ 6,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)551 @ 3,800
Transmission type6-speed automatic/6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Automatic: I = 4.02, II = 2.36, III = 1.53, IV = 1.15, V= 0.85, VI = 0.67, FD = 3.73
Manual: I = 2.66, II = 1.78, III = 1.30, IV = 1.00, V = 0.80, VI = 0.63, FD - 3.73


Suspension, frontIndependent, double-wishbone, coil springs, driver-adjustable dampers and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable dampers and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport PS2
Tire typeSummer performance
Tire size, front255/40ZR19 Z
Tire size, rear285/35ZR19 Z
Wheel size19-by-9.0 inches front -- 19-by-9.5 inches rear
Wheel materialForged aluminum alloy
Brakes, front15.0-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear14.7-inch ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.2 (manual); 3.0 (automatic)
0-60 mph (sec.)4.6 (manual); 4.3 (automatic)
0-75 mph (sec.)6.3 (manual); 6.0 (automatic)
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.5 @ 115.3 (manual); 12.4 @ 115.0 (automatic)
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.3 (manual); 4.0 (automatic)
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)109
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)71.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.92
Sound level @ idle (dB)N/A
@ Full throttle (dB)N/A
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)N/A

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAutomatic - Settings -- transmission in Sport, suspension in Tour. Best launch technique was to use mild brake torque to about 1,200 rpm, then squeeze the throttle at a rate that produced about 10 feet of wheelspin. Too much wheelspin results in an early upshift. Too little is slow. There's plenty of power here and it's easier (and quicker) to put it down with a torque converter. Shifts are aggressive without being obnoxious like BMW's SMG is on full blast. Wheelspin on 1-2 shift is cool and rare with an automatic transmission.

Manual - The CTS-V is a relatively easy car to launch with lots of power, a solid but not-too-aggressive clutch take-up and decent grip. I'm surprised the automatic is quicker given the ease with which this car launches. Excellent shifter and a very nice shift knob. Truly an impressive machine.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsPedal lacks immediate effectiveness we expected of a brakes system this big and capable. However, it's possible that pedal feel has diminished since we're the third or fourth testers in this car in two days. Still, performance is excellent and distances only improved with heat.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsMassive grip on the skid pad, but a distinct difference in handling numbers clockwise to counterclockwise (0.89g vs. 0.95g for a 0.92g average). Steering weight is good and there's plenty of information coming through the wheel about what the front tires are doing. In the slalom, the CTS-V's transitions aren't as intuitive as smaller cars this focused, and the Caddy's weight is more obvious here than in any other test. Still, careful suspension tuning and very sticky tires make an incredible number for a sedan this size. Best run in Tour mode. Sport mode was simply too tail-happy in transitions this fast.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)980 feet
Temperature (°F)77
Wind (mph, direction)N/A

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (est.)
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,200 (manual); 4,300 (automatic)
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,292 (manual) 4,281 (automatic)
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53/47 (manual); 54/46 (automatic)
Length (in.)191.6
Width (in.)72.5
Height (in.)58.0
Wheelbase (in.)113.4
Track, front (in.)61.8
Track, rear (in.)62.0
Turning circle (ft.)37.9
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)35.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard dual front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot available

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