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2009 Cadillac CTS-V photos

The Cadillac CTS-V is right up there with the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG for performance, while maintaining the Cadillac reputation with a fine luxury interior and the plushest Recaro seats we've ever seen.

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Wayne Cunningham
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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Cadillac uses a V designation for cars it equips with motor sport-level engines and suspension tuning. The CTS, updated in 2007, gets the V treatment for the 2009 model year.
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The styling of the CTS-V is largely the same as the standard CTS, with the most notable exception being the bulging hood, which creates extra room to accommodate the larger power plant.
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The CTS-V uses a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, with forced air from a supercharger. It puts out 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque, giving the CTS-V acceleration to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
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The headlights of the CTS-V, similar to the CTS, have LED-light pipes down the sides to serve as parking lights.
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Although the CTS-V competes in price with the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, it is the size of a BMW 5-series.
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Cadillac's V badge adorns the CTS-V in strategic places.
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The CTS-V is supported by a magnetically-controlled suspension, which continuously adjusts for road conditions and driving style.
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These plush Recaro seats, with power adjustable side and seat bolsters, are an option in the CTS-V.
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When the updated CTS came out in 2007, it sported impressive cabin tech, which it carried over into the CTS-V, along with gorgeous luxury materials.
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The steering wheel has controls well-integrated in the spokes. There is even a traction control button on the right spoke, making it easy to turn electronic assistance off.
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The gauges have a unique trailing red line that follows the needles upwards.
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The six-speed automatic transmission is a no-cost option, but we found it unsatisfying.
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Cadillac's interface uses an odd combination of buttons and touch screen.
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The hard drive-based navigation system integrates traffic very well, letting you avoid traffic jams easily.
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XM satellite radio is present in the CTS-V, and we particularly like Cadillac's graphic designs for the interface screens.
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iPod integration is excellent in the CTS-V.
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The single disc player reads MP3 CDs, showing the contents in this Music Navigator interface.
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We were very impressed with the sound from the 10-speaker Bose audio system.

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