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      History of the 2nd Generation CTS-V (V2)

      Cadillac CTS-V2

      Second GENERATION CADILLAC CTS-V (2009-2015)

      The Cadillac CTS first rolled onto the scene in 2003 and ended its run in 2019. Evolving through three generations, the CTS-V luxury sedan cemented its place in history with unprecedented style and performance. Featuring user-friendly posh interiors, innovative technology, and powerful engine options, the Cadillac CTS-Victory became a household name.


      While the Cadillac CTS became synonymous with cutting-edge quality and comfort, this sporty model introduced some serious performance upgrades. The old naturally aspirated V8 engine replaced the new LSA 6.2 liter supercharged V8 and raised some serious performance hype. This new V-8 engine delivered a 556 horsepower rating that clocked speeds up to 200 mph on the track. In addition, notable interior features, such as the comfortable 20-way power-adjustable front seating, automatic stop/start, traction control, and automatic heated and ventilated seats, gave the Cadillac CTS-V a proven edge over other luxury sports models.

      To usher in the new generation, the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V refined the six-speed manual and automatic options along with numerous upgrades in road handling. Improvements in suspension and chassis modifications enhanced driving capabilities with sensitive response and precision. Technology upgrades such as multimedia connectivity, automotive climate control, and GPS navigation ensured the Cadillac CTS-Victory was ahead of the competition.

      2009 V2

      The Cadillac CTS luxury sedan was redesigned entirely in 2008, but the 2009 CTS forged its way into the history books with a few distinctive features of its own. The new Magnetic Ride Control suspension with a choice of manual or automotive gave this Cadillac a whole new comfortable ride feeling with luxurious amenities. Paired with the supercharged LSA 6.2L V8 and massive Brembo brakes, this sweet luxury sedan delivered 550 Horsepower with 550 pounds per foot of torque for a history-making performance on and off the track.

      2010 V2

      The CTS-V midsize four-door luxury sedan continued raising the bar with the supercharged LSA. Ensuring the high-performance Cadillac legacy, the sedan persisted in adding a little extra kick over the 2009 model. Significant tech gains introduced a Bose 5.1,10-speaker cabin surround system, upgraded navigation with traffic, and real-time weather, all viewable on an 8-inch pop-up screen. Swanky interior base standards and options delivered massive luxury appeal along with the impressive trunk boasting 13.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

      2011 V2

      The new CTS-V Coupe and Wagon wheeled up to sought-after market demand. Fitted with the famed Cadillac V-8 engine and track-tuned chassis, the CTS-V achieved cult status after only 1,764 models were released over four years. The two-door Coupe featured a manual 6-speed transmission, power brakes, and independent front and rear suspensions. The CTS-V Sedan came with the same supercharged V-8 engine but also offered a manual 6-speed with overdrive. Luxurious interior amenities packed out the Victory Coupe and Wagon, ensuring a timeless comfort and authentic Cadillac styling.

      2012 V2

      Established as a workhorse on and off the track, the Cadillac CTS-V versions were known for more horsepower, superior handling, and incredible luxury interiors. Fitted with the notorious C6 Corvette ZR1 powertrain, the optional 3.6L V-6 hailed an extra 14 units of horsepower and shaved some 20 pounds off in weight. A new grille and touring package became standard on all Victory models, including Recaro seats and impressive 19-inch wheels. The body saw a slight angular tweak with a redesigned grille and larger front hood to accommodate the massive engine.

      2013 V2

      Continuing the epic power gains of the CTS-Victory, the 2013 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine reached gains of 556 Horsepower and a peak of 551 pounds per foot of torque. Hailed as the most powerful engine to ever roll off the Cadillac assembly line at that time, engineers also configured a little extra love into the body exterior. Set apart by eye-catching front and rear styling, a clever rear spoiler along with 19-inch aluminum, high-polished wheels perpetually regenerated the classic Cadillac CTS-V sporty look.

      2014 V2

      A powerful performance continued to brand the 2014 CTS-V Sedan with impressive advances.

      Built to pack a punch, this luxury Victory Sedan’s performance is deceptive from the get-go because the posh amenities often take center stage. Roomy legroom and interior comfort highlighted automatic dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, and adjustable front seat lumbar support. Also, Bluetooth® technology provided smartphone interfacing, and a slew of other standard options made the consumer feel like they got more bang for their buck.

      2015 V2

      To mark the end of the 2nd generation, the special edition 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe was released, and only 500 were made. This new CTS-V Coupe boasted the famous Cadillac supercharged V-8 engine for robust pedal response and some serious driving fun. Notable because of the dramatic exterior profile and styling, keen attention to detail resulted in an exclusive ebony interior with red stitching and Recaro performance power seats. While the CTS-Victory’s performance was high on consumer lists, Cadillac continued to stay focused on luxury for a one-of-a-kind CTS-V package.

      To this day, the CTS-Victory is still a popular collectible for Cadillac enthusiasts. From the Midnight Sapele wood trim and metal pedals to the satin graphite wheels with eye-popping red brake calipers, this special edition 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is truly a bucket list ride.

      Cadillac CTS-V Fact Check

      • The 'V' in CTS-V stands for Victory
      • The CTS stands for Catera Touring Sedan, which is a homage to the 1996-2001 Cadillac Catera luxury sedans that took the market by storm
      • The all-new 2009 Cadillac CTS-Victory rolled onto the scene after a one-year model pause and came with an electric parking brake for the first time resulting in more driver legroom
      • The CTS-V came standard with Magnetic Ride Control and featured a 556 Horsepower, supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine, and new auto transmission with paddle-shift
      • The V2 CTS-V shares the same LSA platform as the 5th generation Camaro ZL1 and the Cadillac actually used this power plant before the ZL1.

      Legacy of the V2 Cadillac CTS-V

      Released in 2004, the CTS-V was the most potent manual transmission vehicle the Cadillac brand had ever released. Previewed at Germany’s famed Nűrburgring racecourse, the CTS-V immediately earned some serious street credentials with a 400 Horsepower rating. Strategically designed for adventurous sports drivers, the CTS-V-Series evolved progressively with performance-focused capabilities and serious luxury drive comforts. Branded as a new breed of racing-inspired dynamics, the Cadillac CTS-V-Series encompassed five specific models: CTS, XLR, STS, ATS, and the CT6.