( Worldcarfans ) - The 2009 CTS-V will use the "LSA" motor. This is another new supercharged, small block V8. This new blown V8 will be good for at least 500hp. A number of 515-525hp may even be possible, and even higher numbers have been rumored. The CTS-V will feature a supercharger integrated into the intake manifold. This is the same setup the upcoming Corvette SS / Blue Devil will have with its LS9 motor. However, while the Corvette SS motor will be hand built at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI, the Cadillac's LSA motor will be built in a conventional motor plant.
Automatic and manual transmissions will be available, and an optional paddle shift feature is also anticipated. Production on the new CTS V-Series will start in September of 2008, and will be limited to approximately 7000 units annually. Internally, GM is referring to the car as "GMX322 V S/C."
In the past, the current CTS-V has suffered from rear suspension/drivetrain problems, more specifically, wheel hop. The 2009 CTS-V will feature a completely redesigned rear-end with an improved rear axle, which sources say has completely eliminated the wheel hop issue. The '09 will continue to utilize a massive set of brembo brakes up front and in back. While the wheels on this prototype are not production spec, the wider tires and larger exhaust pipes certainly are.