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2009 CADILLAC CTS Sedan - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • Advanced 3.6-liter V-6 engine with direct-injection technology
  • All-new, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine in CTS-V delivers 556 hp
  • CTS-V features Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, 19-inch alloy wheels
  • 6-speed transmissions paired with all powertrains
  • CTS-V offers 6-speed automatic transmission for the first time
  • Rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (RWD and AWD) models
  • Summer performance package adds steering-wheel-mounted shifters for 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling
  • Optional adaptive forward lighting
Overview
The 2008 Cadillac CTS was hailed as the 2008 Motor Trend Car of the Year, and Cadillac hopes that the 2009 model, along with its high-performance CTS-V variant, will maintain that level of quality. The 2009 Cadillac CTS lineup will feature V-6 and V-8 engines, 6-speed transmissions, solid fuel economy, and numerous luxury features. The CTS-V includes a host of technological features, including Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and more.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the Cadillac CTS is available in the base sport sedan with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), and in the high-performance CTS-V. Standard CTS equipment includes a handcrafted interior with satin metallic finish or genuine Sapele Pommele wood; 3.6-liter V-6 engine (with an advanced, optional 3.6-liter direct-injection engine available); 6-speed transmissions; leather-wrapped instrument panel, center console and door trim; electronic stability and traction control; front and rear ventilated disc brakes and anti-lock braking system (ABS); heated mirrors; power windows/mirrors/door locks; four one-touch power windows; XM satellite radio; OnStar; and Bose premium speakers. CTS models have standard 17-inch, 7-spoke wheels in painted or machined finishes or optional 9-spoke, 18-inch wheels in a premium multi-coat or high-polish finish.

The new-for-2009 CTS-V features a 556-hp, 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine and a choice of two transmissions: a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual with dual-disc clutch or Hydra-Matic 6L90 6-speed automatic with paddle-shift control-the first automatic offered in a CTS-V. Other CTS-V features include Magnetic Ride Control; Brembo brakes; Michelin Pilot Sport 2 summer tires; 19-inch alloy wheels; raised hood to accommodate the supercharged engine; and new Obsidian black material on the car's integrated center stack, center console and door trim.

Powertrain
The 2009 Cadillac CTS is powered by one of several engines. The standard powerplant is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with variable valve timing (VVT) that produces 263 hp at 6400 rpm and 253 lb.-ft. of torque at 3100 rpm. An optional 3.6-liter V-6 VVT engine with gasoline direct-injection technology delivers 304 hp at 6400 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque at 5200 rpm. It runs on regular unleaded gasoline, has no loss of fuel efficiency, and provides a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions, according to Cadillac. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed transmission, either an Aisin 6-speed manual or an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic with driver shift control.

The CTS-V gets the all-new, 6.2-liter, supercharged, LSA V-8 engine that pumps out 556 hp at 6100 rpm and 551 lb.-ft. or torque at 3100 rpm, paired with a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual or Hydra-Matic 6L90 electronically controlled 6-speed automatic overdrive transmission with torque-converter clutch. Premium gasoline is recommended, but not required for this engine. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the 304-hp V-6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission in either RWD or AWD. For the 263-hp V-6 engine, the EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway (RWD) and 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway (AWD) with automatic transmission. For the 6-speed manual transmission and 3.6-liter V-6 engine, the numbers are 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway. At the time of writing, EPA fuel-economy estimates were not yet available for the 6.2-liter V-8 engine in the CTS-V.

The 2009 Cadillac CTS has three suspensions available: FE1 (with 17-inch wheels); FE2 (with 18-inch wheels and all-season tires); and FE3 (with 18-inch summer performance tires). New for 2009, the summer performance package gets steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2009 CTS-V features standard Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) suspension with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport), which enables the driver to tailor suspension for touring or more performance-like driving, Cadillac says. Electronic sensors at all four wheels "read the road" every millisecond, making constant damping adjustments and helping keep the vehicle stable during hard cornering, acceleration, braking and other dynamic movements, the automaker explains. The CTS-V also features high-performance Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 summer tires on exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.

Safety
The 2009 Cadillac CTS and CTS-V have a full complement of safety items, both standard and available, including dual-stage driver front air bag, a segment-first (per Cadillac); dual-depth front passenger air bag; driver and front passenger side seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side air bags; roof-rail side curtain air bags that cover the front and rear seating rows; front safety belt pre-tensioners; tire-pressure monitor; and a vehicle structure with strategically placed high-strength steel. OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation is standard, along with 4-wheel disc with 4-channel ABS, 4-channel electronic stability control with brake assist, traction control, and optional performance traction management in CTS-V.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Cadillac CTS receives 4 stars in frontal crash testing for both driver and front passenger, and a perfect 5 stars in side-impact scores for both front- and rear-seat occupants. The CTS receives 4 stars in the agency's rollover-resistance tests. As of this writing, the 2009 Cadillac CTS has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the 2008 CTS was awarded the Institute's "Top Safety Pick" designation, with "Good" performance in front, side and rear crash tests and by offering standard electronic stability control. The 2009 test results are likely to be the same, since the 2009 model is carryover from 2008.

Technology
Technology features of note on the 2009 Cadillac CTS include a 40-gigabyte hard-drive audio system that allows a 60-minute buffering of the radio to "pause" live broadcasts. An integrated iPod/MP3 capability means that these and other digital music devices can be charged via USB, as well as enabling playlists to appear on the touch screen, while the steering wheel may be used to advance music tracks on the device. The 2009 CTS is factory-equipped for Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calling. Also, the CTS' adaptive forward lighting system (with up-level HID headlamps) automatically adjusts the headlamp direction for improved nighttime driving visibility. The car's navigation system includes 3D imaging of more than 800 major landmarks in 39 U.S. cities, voice recognition and real-time traffic and weather data using an 8-inch, high-res, full VGA infotainment display head, and full touch-screen operation. Optional keyless access and smart remote start, heated washer fluid, and a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround audio system are other technology standouts. Magnetic Ride Control, as found on the CTS-V, is the world's fastest-reacting suspension technology, according to Cadillac.

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