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First Official Pics: 2011 Cadillac CTSv Coupe

Set for NAIAS debut next week.

by on Jan.05, 2010

The v-version of Cadillac's new 2011 CTS Coupe has the marque's most powerful engine ever.

The pics make it official.  As TheDetroitBureau.com first reported, more than a month ago, Cadillac will introduce a new member of its performance v-Series line-up at next week’s North American International Auto Show, the CTSv Coupe.

The base Coupe hasn’t even hit the road yet, but the photos reveal some notable differences between the so called “base” car and performance version, starting with the chromed mesh grille that reportedly doubles the 2-door’s intake air volume.  You’ll also notice the raised center of the hood, which provides clearance for the supercharger, as well as dedicated new front and rear fascias.  The 2011 Cadillac CTSv Coupe’s rear track is an inch wider than the CTS sedan’s, giving it a more aggressive stance.

Like the standard-edition Cadillac CTS Coupe, the v-model’s exhaust is centered inside the rear fascia, but with unique twin outlets. The CTSv Coupe rolls out on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels, either painted or polished, with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.  There are Brembo brakes at all four corners – six-piston calipers up front, four-piston calipers in the rear.

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But what really matters is the fast-beating heart of the car, and the Cadillac CTSv Coupe shares its engine with the CTSv sedan, a 556-horsepower, supercharged V8.  The 6.2-liter powerplant makes a blinding 551 pound-feet of torque and is the most powerful engine ever offered by Cadillac.  The maker claims a 0 to 60 time of just 3.9 seconds, which puts it into supercar range.

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CTSv Wins Challenge – But Of Course

Lutz comes in seventh.

by on Oct.29, 2009

The 2010 Cadillac CTSv posted six of the seven fastest laps during a take-on-all-comers race at Monticello Motor Club.

The 2010 Cadillac CTSv posted six of the seven fastest laps during a take-on-all-comers race at Monticello Motor Club.

No, we’re not saying the fix was in, but we somehow never really doubted the likely overcome of Bob Lutz’s “Winner Take All” challenge.

The septuagenarian executive had, last month, issued a challenge to all comers that no production sedan could beat the Cadillac CTSv on the track.  And though the various competitors opted to ignore the opportunity, a number of foreign models still found their way to Monticello Motor Club, in mid-New York State, for today’s time trials.

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With the legendary John Heinricy, winning racer and long-time General Motors test driver behind the wheel, the Caddy super sedan handily posted the best lap time, 2:46.560, and overall, the various folks who manned the CTSv delivered six of the seven best laps.

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Can Senior Bigone Win the Big One?

Lutz Out to prove Cadillac can ride with the best.

by on Oct.28, 2009

Senior Bigone, who occasionally goes by the name Bob Lutz, will be out to defend Cadillac's honor at the Monticello Motor Club, tomorrow.  What's unclear is whether he will strafe the competition after the race.

Senior Bigone, who occasionally goes by the name Bob Lutz, will be out to defend Cadillac's honor at the Monticello Motor Club, tomorrow. What's unclear is whether he'll strafe the competition after the race.

Senior Bigone rides again…and this just might be the most important race of his life.

Few automotive executives have done a better job of playing a Hollywood leading man than General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz.  He’s been a Marine fighter pilot and a lifelong diehard motor sports fanatic.  But not someone who sits in the stands cheering on his favorite team.

So, some years back, when a former employer advised Lutz he could no longer race himself, he simply invented a new persona.  When the track announcer asked what to call him, Lutz scribbled down, “Senior Big One,” a reference to his towering height and ramrod posture.  Lost in translation, Senior Bigone, pronounced Bih-GO-nay, was born, though some folks added a “d” near the end.

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Well, Senior Bigone is back, and he’ll be taking laps at New York’s Monticello Motor Club, tomorrow.

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