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Fast & Ferocious
2005 Cadillac CTS-V
By Alain Gayot

In short: A sedan near-ready for the track

A quick look at the car from the side might not reveal what’s about to happen to a driver getting into the CTS-V. However, stare at its front end and you get a better feel for a possible moment in sport driving. Take a good look at the grill and front air dam and you are all of a sudden looking at a potential of 160 mph. The folks in Detroit got some sort of a wake-up call and decided to get grandma’s car going, like, really fast.

Overall you get a four/five seat sedan with the Cadillac name that’s aiming directly at Euro models and for a new clientele. Inside, the dash is a bit awkward in design, but everything else is fine with the ebony interior and you get all of the expected electronic gadgets and safety devices.

Start driving and the V8 engine with 400 horsepower is simply ready to roar, and roar it will. Acceleration is quick and now you feel happy with the sophisticated drive-train package; not forgetting the four mode stabilitrak, all-speed traction control, big P245/45WR18 run-flat tires and … the four-wheel piston brembo brakes with 14” vented rotors. With some of these components, you are rightly equipped for the track.

This is definitely a driver’s car and getting to the golf course does not get much funner [and quicker] than that. Now pay attention to the road and observe the law. You quite simply will have to take it to a racetrack to appreciate it full potential.

Not all is gold that glitters. The car is slapped with a $1,300 gas-guzzler tax and for the right reasons. The gear box, as well, is simply too rough and imprecise, especially in the low gears.

Warranty/Service: 4 Year / 50,000 Mile Limited Warranty

Read a review of the 2008 Cadillac CTS V6 DI

Price as tested: $51,295

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

- LS6 5.7 Liter V8, 400 hp

TREMEC 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Driver, Front Passenger and Side Impact Airbags, Front to Rear Head-Curtain Side Impact Airbags, OnStar System

Top Speed: 163 mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 5.0 sec.

60-0 in 115 ft., 4-Wheel 4-Piston Bremo Brakes with 14 inch Vented Rotors

Fuel Economy:
15 city / 23 highway

Stabilitrak with 4 Modes Including All-Speed Traction Control, 18 inch Alloy Wheels

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Photography: Walter Mladina

(Updated 07/22/08 HC)

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