( Autoweek ) - All Cadillac will say, with a wink, is that we can expect the 2009 CTS V-Series will be "all one color" and not this black-and-white camouflage checkerboard pattern when it arrives in 2008.
But our spies, who captured the second-generation CTS performance sedan running the Nьrburgring, say a lot more. Look for the CTS-V-known internally as GMX322 V S/C-to use the LSA engine, a new supercharged, small-block V8 making 525 hp or better.
Like the STS-V, the new blown CTS will feature General Motors' patented supercharger integrated into the intake manifold-the same setup we're told will be used in the rumored Corvette SS/Blue Devil/Z07. Automatic and manual transmissions will be available, with an optional paddle shifter likely.
The first-gen CTS-V, fitted with a Corvette powertrain and transaxle, suffered from wheel hop. We're told that's eliminated in the 2009 model, thanks to a completely redone rear suspension. The '09 will continue to use massive Brembo brakes all around.
GM vice chairman Bob Lutz says the 2009 CTS-V "will be at a power level only described as unexpectedly high" and that it should rival the BMW M5. After driving a prototype, Lutz reportedly said the car is "flat-out incredible" and that he's "never driven anything like that." Yes, we'd expect that from a GM insider, but Lutz does have some of the world's top machinery at his disposal for comparison purposes.
CTS-V production should get under way in fall 2008 and will be limited to about 7000 units annually.