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Well, who said American cars where slow and uninspiring? If you haven’t seen so already, watch the video clip of the Cadillac CTS-V going around Germany’s Nurburgring in under eight minutes.

How does it manage to do that? With 415 kW (@ 6,100rpm) and an enormous 747 Nm of torque at 3,800 RPM. The only question we have is, where do we sign?

Caddillac CTS-V

Not only does it handle, as proven by the Nurburgring time, but given the announced power figures, it must go like an absolute rocket. How does 0-100km/h in less than 4 seconds sound? Thought so. Quarter mile in 12 seconds flat? Yep, it’s going to be a weapon.

Caddillac CTS-V

The CTS-V will go head to head with its German rivals such as the BMW M5, which, although spectacular in its own right, only has 373kW and 520Nm of torque. The B-em-veh does the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.7 seconds.

Caddillac CTS-V engine

The American might is generated by the sport sedan’s 6.2-litre supercharged V8 which is a derivative of the new Corvette ZR1’s LS9. If anything, the engine is capable of more and has been detuned (to keep Corvette the king) for the CTS-V.

Caddillac CTS-V interior

The CTS-V also gets the same technology as the HSV GTS with Magnetic Ride Control as well as a new automatic transmission with paddle-shift control.

Caddillac says the aim of the V project was to make the CTS-V the world’s fastest production sedan. So far no one is disputing that claim.

Caddillac CTS-V

Will the CTS-V come to Australia? So far GM Premium has only confirmed the standard specification CTS will make it down under. In saying that, we suspect the CTS-V will eventually find its way here as Cadillac will benefit enormously from the CTS-V as a halo car.




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