2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V: Cost, Facts & Figures

For most of the 20th century, General engines’ luxury arm Cadillac had a reputation for being a brand for the elderly. This wasn’t just an excuse to fool Cadillac, it was true. The most loyal Cadillac buyers were 65 and older. When Cadillac stepped into the 21st century, it got tired of this reputation and decided to expand its appeal.

Not only did the Escalade become the star of every hip-hop and R&B music video in the 2000s, but their first performance car, the original CTS-V, was manual only. The CTS-V did indeed manage to steal some punch from German performance sedans, and the second generation took it a step further.

Most important features:

  • Manual gearbox
  • Supercharged V8
  • Available as a car

  • Engine/Engine: 6.2 liter supercharged V8
  • Horsepower: 556 hp
  • Couple: 551 lb-ft
  • Drive: RWD
  • Transfer: 6-speed manual transmission/6-speed automatic transmission

  • Choice of body styles
  • Fantastic, reliable engine
  • World famous driving behaviour

  • Interior is not the prettiest
  • quite heavy
  • Automatic transmission is best avoided

Overview of the CTS-V

Front 3/4 view of a white CTS-V Sport Wagon in motion, next to a grassy ramp

Cadillac sold the second generation CTS-V, obviously based on the second generation CTS, from 2009 to 2014. At the time, Caddy offered it in three different body styles. The sedan was the most common, and there was also the rather soft coupe version, and then the rarest and possibly most desirable, the Sport Wagon. Visually, the CTS-V differs from the regular CTS in many ways.

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There is a much more aggressive front bumper with large air intakes. Interestingly, there is no V-badging in the front unlike pretty much all of its competitors. On the side there were some flared fenders and unique Y-spoke alloy wheels, available in regular silver, polished silver or gloss black.

The rear looked different depending on body style, but all three flavors of the CTS-V got giant twin exhausts to let the supercharged V8 breathe. The CTS-V competed with the sleeper BMW M5, the school-friendly Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the Jaguar XFR and the Audi RS6, among others.

Second Generation CTS-V Powertrain and Powertrain

Front 3/4 view of a silver CTS-V Coupé near the coast

Under the hood and under a sea of ​​sound-insulating plastics we find a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8. This powertrain is very similar to that of the C6 Corvette ZR1, but the power is slightly smaller. The CTS-V makes 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque, which are healthy numbers even by today’s standards. They were For real healthy in 2009, though, as the CTS-V pretty much all of its rivals, with the exception of the V10-powered Audi RS6, trumped on horsepower.

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Cadillac offered the CTS-V with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The manual cars can go from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, while the automatic does this in 3.9 seconds. All versions reach a top speed of around 191 mph, which is seriously impressive considering most of this car’s rivals had a 155 mph limit.

All CTS-V models were RWD, and they used GM’s ingenious and highly effective magnetorheological mufflers, also known as MagneRide, making this a truly fantastic sedan. You have to be careful though, because the CTS-V has so much power that it spins the wheels first and second gear, and only engages in third when it’s nice and warm outside.

Second generation CTS-V comfort and quality

The interior of the CTS-V, manual transmission, infotainment screen down

The interior of the CTS-V and actually this generation of CTS in general is a bit of a mixed bag. Being a luxury car, Cadillac could have done a lot more, but in the end it doesn’t really feel as premium as it could, almost on par with the decidedly less premium Buick Regal/Opel Insignia. Even the center console is similar. Even then it’s not a bad place to spend time, and it is way prettier than the first CTS and CTS-V. This generation of CTS gets the never too old motorized infotainment display, a beautiful Alcantara steering wheel and sportier meters. The shift lever is also noticeable on manual transmission cars.

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The trim levels are pretty good as you get all the things you’d expect, including cruise control, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, two-zone climate control, heated and ventilated Recaro seats with 14-way recline, and much more.

Aside from the supercharger recall, the CTS-V is amazingly reliable, and you don’t have to worry too much about it. It seats five passengers (the Coupe seats four in a 2+2 configuration), and has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space in the Coupe and regular sedan, and 25.4 cubic feet in the Sport Wagon.

Second Generation CTS-V Pricing

Front 3/4 view of a gray CTS-V sedan speeding at an airport, right

It’s honestly surprising, but the CTS-V remains a fantastic performance car bargain – sort of. Prices vary widely depending on body shape and transmission. According to Classic.com, the cheapest way to own a second-generation CTS-V is a sedan with the automatic transmission, for about $33,000. If you want the second-generation CTS-V family unicorn, you’ll be in the devil’s job to find a wagon with the manual transmission. If you do, expect to pay more than $73,000. That’s a lot, but the other two with both transmissions will satisfy the craving for a fast, luxurious, V8-powered super sedan or super coupe. In case you’re still in doubt, there are plenty of reasons to own a Cadillac CTS-V.

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