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Cadillac is dropping the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox on their 2012 model year CTS Coupe and Sedan models equipped with the 3.6L V6 engine.
While the high-performance, V8 powered CTS-V range will still give buyers the option to change their own gears, regular versions of the CTS will now have a sole transmission choice, a 6-speed automatic. Interestingly, the base model CTS with the 3.0L V6 will be offered with a stick shift, but this configuration will only be available as a 4-door sedan.
While GM declined to give a reason for nixing the manual, take rates were likely so low that the company couldn’t justify continuing to offer it.
[Source: Inside Line]
Cadillac is back with their web series highlighting the CTS-V Race Car and its quest for victory in the World Challenge series. We’ve already brought you the first 3 episodes and now we have the 4th installment ready to go.
This episode shows the team gearing up for its first real race, and we’re about as excited to watch as the team is to hit the track.
Hit the jump to watch the video
After bringing you pictures of the Cadillac CTS-V Race Car tearing up Sebring Raceway in Florida, we finally have some video to show you. The images are cool, but what you’re really after is the noise from the LSA V8 engine at full blast, sans catalytic converters or mufflers.
In case the 60 second video isn’t enough small-block V8 for you, the car makes its race debut at the World Challenge GT opener on March 25th. We’ll be watching.
Hit the jump to see the video
Lingenfelter is world-renowned for pushing the limits on horsepower and their new engine package for the 2009-2011 Cadillac CTS-V (and new CTS-V Coupe) is no exception to the rule. Providing a turnkey package to CTS-V owners, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering offers 623-rwhp and 617 lb-ft of torque at the wheels in a manual transmission CTS-V.
The performance package is as comprehensive as one can get which includes removing the stock powerplant from the vehicle and overhauling it for extreme power. Much of the work is done in the head, with Lingenfelter’s CNC port & polish while swapping in new valves, valve springs and retainers. Helping aid in producing high end horsepower is Lingenfelter’s GT9 camshaft.
Lingenfelter then focuses on providing additional fuel to go with the extra boost thanks a 2.55-inch diameter steel supercharger drive pulley. New injectors are installed and the entire package is tested to perfection on a dyno with extensive ECM tuning.
The complete package comes with Lingenfelter’s 2 year, 24,000-mile warranty.
Official press release and video available after the break.
Less than a week after the Cadillac CTS-V Race Car took a bow at the Detroit Auto Show, it’s already had its first shakedown at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, and the all-black paint job looks even meaner than the Cadillac livery we saw in person.
Alas, there is no video, but it won’t be long before we can see the CTS-V in person or on television, as the car will be campaigning in the SCCA World Challenge GT championship, with the season opener kicking off in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 25th. The sound of an LSA V8 is already demonic, and we will sacrifice a bit of our hearing if it means listening to the beast roaring at wide-open throttle, sans mufflers.
Gallery: Cadillac CTS-V Race Car Test Session
Sporting Cadillac’s supercharged LS9 V8, the CTS-V Race car looked to have a full rollcage, a proper bucket seat, massive Brembo brakes and steamroller sized wheels and tires.
We expect to know more shortly, but in the mean time, check out our gallery of Cadillac’s CTS-V Racer.
Gallery: Cadillac CTS-V Race Car
With the cars prepped by Pratt & Miller and piloted by Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O’Connell, the CTS-V coupes should give stiff competition to the dominant K-PAX Racing Volvos.
The CTS-V Coupes will make their debut on March 25th at the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Hit the jump for the official press release
We regret to inform you that the subject matter behind the enticing title won’t live up to whatever thoughts are circulating in your head. Rather, Forbes’ list of “Americas Dirtiest Vehicles” has to do with pollution and gas mileage, and is mostly comprised of cars we ourselves would want to own.
Forbes used a variety of factors to determine what qualified for the list, with both carbon emissions and fuel consumption factoring in to the economy. “Heavy Duty” trucks were left off the list, as well performance cars that only get driven on special occasions, like the Ferrari 599 GTO (and, apparently, Mercedes’ AMG lineup).
Hit the jump to see the list for yourself
Cadillac will return to racing with a two car team in the SCCA World Challenge, echoing previous efforts at LeMans and the former Speed World Challenge series.
The new team will be a factory backed effort fielding two CTS-V Coupes. Drivers and other personnel haven’t been announced yet, but top drivers such as Andy Pilgrim previously piloted the CTS-V sedans that appeared in World Challenge a couple years ago.
GM will also be supporting various teams in the rival Grand-Am series, including those running Camaros in the GS class against their arch rival, the Ford Mustang.
Cadillac is recalling their 2009 and 2010 CTS and CTS-V models due to a possible leg injury that could be sustained. Dealers will replace the glove compartment piece or even modify the instrument panel structure to make the vehicle compliant.
GM estimated 20,000 cars are affected. The recall is set to begin on or before October 20th.
The Toronto International Film Festival is a massive event, that brings thousands of film fans, A-list celebrities and professional celebrity worshippers together for a week of movie premieres, parties and camera-phone stalking.
TIFF is also a major hassle for some of the Autoguide staff, as we like to test cars in Toronto when given the opportunity; the landscape and roads can give us a simulation of nearly every environment, from smooth two-lane blacktop to Manhattan-like urban traffic. But when TIFF is in town, the place is mobbed.
Audi took advantage of this and decided to plaster Toronto’s downtown core with an untold number of 1/43 scale models and added magnets to their undercarriages. After placing them all over Toronto’s lamp posts and parking meters (and a competitors exhibit at a TIFF screening), Audi recorded festival patrons grabbing the model cars for themselves. To see what happens, hit the jump and view it yourself.
[Source: Sympatico Autos]
Cadillac has just released its new ‘Competition’ commercial highlighting the brand’s performance side with the CTS-V sedan blasting along Germany’s famed Nürburgring. But more than that, the new spot recognizes where its inspiration came from and where the brand is heading.
Rather than talk about old Caddys, Cadillac directly states that the CTS-V’s was born from the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 and a desire to best those two models. This Cadillac achieved, setting a Nürburgring record for a sedan of 7:59 seconds.
The ad then goes on to state that as a brand Cadillac doesn’t see its “world’s fastest production sedan” record as “something to cherish, but rather a starting line from which to keep pushing.” And if the CTS-V is just the start, we can’t wait to see what they’ll do to top it.
Check out the video after the jump:
Cadillac‘s record-setting 7:59 lap of the Nurburgring was set 2 years ago, but that’s not stopping Cadillac from belatedly celebrating by filming a commercial that gives viewers a taste of what it’s like to lap the ‘Ring at a fast pace.
The ad is being filmed at the ‘Ring with a bevy of pro, drivers, camera cars and fastidious auto detailers. The creative genius behind the ad is none other than Jeff Zwart, film director by day, Pikes Peak racer by night. Zwart recently won his class at Pikes Peak, and if anyone can fuse visual arts with driving, he should be it.
The ad isn’t out yet, but Cadillac’s got a behind the scenes video on the web. Check it out after the jump.
As a part of GM’s restructuring plan the company has made the drastic decision to “temporarily” close its High Performance Vehicle Operations department.
“All high-performance projects are on indefinite hold,” said spokesman Vince Muniga to Auto News “The engineers are moving into different areas of the organization, and they will work on Cadillacs, Buicks, Chevrolets and Pontiacs.”
GM’s High Performance Vehicle Operations Department is responsible for many of the amazing vehicles that have come out of the company in recent years, including the Chevy Cobalt SS and the V-Series Cadillacs.
Generally the department deals with developing all SS models, including the upcoming Camaro SS. With the exception of that vehicle Muniga said that General Motors has no plans to release high performance versions of any new cars.
I guess we can kiss goodbye any hopes of a V-Series CTS Coupe then…
The decision was made as a part of GM’s viability plan, which strictly states that the company’s focus will be on fuel efficient cars and crossovers. GM has also said it would offer 14 hybrid models by 2012 and 26 hybrid models by 2014.
Muniga did say that the High Performance Vehicle Operations department could be reinstated once GM reaches profitability, however, we’re certain some of the better talent responsible for vehicles as impressive as the new Cadillac CTS-V will be searching for work elsewhere rather than engineering econoboxes. It’s also likely some other manufacturers might be head-hunting those qualified individuals.