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2009 Cadillac CTS-VThe ultimate expression of what a Cadillac never used to be.
>> Close to 20 years ago now that Cadillac made a conscious decision to stop just being an old man's car. And this will go down as the Zenith of that effort. It's the CTS-V for 2009. It puts a little tiny number next to 0 to 60. But we also want to check the tech. [ Music ] Now, even if you don't like the performance styling of this car, you got to kind of like the hard, bad ass look inside, chrome trims on this piano black finish. It's a business-like, really weapon-like feel inside the CTS-V. Hit that, and peeky-boo, here comes our display. It's a good-looking one, nice and ample, a very well-collaborated touch screen. And everything is up there, from your navigation to your audio systems, traffic and weather. Let's check them out. First of all, our nav screen looks like so. It's a good one. This is the current generation look for General Motors. And it's been one of my favorites for a while. Nice things like traffic data. Street names are always easy to read. They've got a little bit of a white outline around them so they always stand out. You've also got a voice command system on this for the audio media system and navigation. Destination. >> Petrol Gas Stations. >> See, I'm just guessing there, because I don't carry a cheat sheet when I drive a car of the commands it wants to hear. And this one doesn't help me. You don't get those prompts on the screen that I like. And clearly, destination is not a term it wants to hear. Our media system can digest CDs, MP3 CDs, and as you can see, DVDs to watch video when you're in park. And we also have a multiple device interface. That's this thing here in the console that is basically aux jack and USB, allowing you to hook up any number of devices. The audio goes out through 10 speakers, Bose branded, 5.1 surround capable. And it has their center point technology so it can create synthetic surround from digital stereo sources. This whole system is based on a 40 gig hard drive, 10 gig of which available to you for media. Or you can also pop a USB drive into the console jack, giving you a nice place for expandable storage that handles and displays really well. And check this out. As far as I know, this is a CTS-only trick. I'm listening to an FM station, and I can hit the pause button right down here. And look what happens. It pauses live radio. It has a 60-minute buffer. It's always buffering whatever you're listening to in terms of AM, FM or XM. So whenever you want to pause, you can do it. A little bit of a letdown on the backup technology. Put this guy in reverse, your movie goes away, yes, but no rearview camera pops up. It's a little annoying, because we've got kind of a high bustle on the back of this thing. Instead, we do have ultrasonic rear part detectors. That's okay. The engine is a big story in this car. 6.2 liter, supercharged V8, 556 horsepower, 551 foot pounds, 0 to 60 in just under 4 seconds. Keeping that attached to the earth is a standard magnetic ride control adaptive suspension. It has two modes, tour and sport. Our car has the no-cost optional six-speed automatic with paddles. Annoyingly, the paddles don't work unless you're over in the manual gate with the shifter. The standard six-speed manual would have been more interesting. Underway, the boost gauge down there tells you how hard the blower is working. And you can even pull up a G-Force display on the dash. No head-up display, though, like you might find on a Vette or even a Cadillac XLR. Now, recall, I said the CTS-V might be a Zenith of sorts for Cadillac. That's because GM just mothballed the high performance division responsible for all the V-Series Cadillacs. So let's price this collector's item. Base, fifty-nine three with delivery. Navigation with XM traffic, weather and that cool popup screen, twenty-one forty-five. The recaro seats will add another $3,400.