2009 Cadillac CTS-V
While news outlets expose GM’s financial struggles, from the driver’s seat of the CTS-V the General appears to be quite fit. Caddy dropped a bomb in this engine bay: a detuned Corvette ZR1 V8 paired to a six-speed manual or automatic. The suspension gets the latest Delphi MR shocks, which use a magnetically reactive fluid that changes viscosity based on electrical current; they respond extremely quickly. The CTS-V has the goods, but is it truly special? Well, yes. Just off idle to the 6 200-r/min cutoff, there’s one smooth, forceful thrust and only a hint of supercharger whine at lower revs. Hammer down, the CTS-V achieves startling velocity – 100 km/h in around 4 seconds. The 415 kW 6,2-litre V8 employs the latest Eaton supercharger, which pumps in extra air with 0,6 bar of boost. An air-to-water intercooler reduces intakecharge temperature, which allows a low 9,0:1 compression. Oh, and an awesome 746 N.m of torque at 3 800 r/min.
It is possible, and easy, to drift the tail, but the car is always progressive and predictable. The brakes retain excellent feel and power even after hard use, as we found on the racetrack US price is the equivalent of R500 000, which is not bad for one of the fastest sedans in the world.