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The 2006 Cadillac CTS-V

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The 2007 is the same as the 2006 with the exceptions listed HERE


The first V-Series vehicle, the CTS-V provides high-performance driving enthusiasts with a serious, credible alternative to imports in the highly competitive, low-volume luxury performance segment, including the BMW M-Series, Mercedes-Benz AMG Series and Audi S-Series.

For 2006, CTS-V receives a new engine, and the power sunroof will now be standard equipment.

The four-door, rear-wheel drive CTS-V now uses the overhead valve 6.0L V-8 LS2 engine (replacing the LS6) producing the same 400 horsepower (298 kw) and 395 lb.-ft. (536 Nm) of torque. Acceleration figures include 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 163 mph (262 km). The quarter mile is achieved in 13.1 seconds at 109 mph.

Engine highlights include an aluminum block, two-valve cylinder heads with revisions to the air induction system, and an enlarged dual exhaust system for an impressive V-8 sound. The LS2 V-8 provides CTS-V with racetrack-proven performance, along with smooth, quiet operation and outstanding reliability, durability and quality. The engine’s lightweight aluminum construction – including its cylinder heads and block – delivers an excellent power-to-weight ratio (1:9.6) and good chassis balance (53 percent front / 47 percent rear).

Power is delivered through the six-speed manual Tremec T56 transmission that features a dual mass flywheel for reduced noise and vibration harshness. A heavy-duty, increased diameter, 70 mm prop shaft is used for the higher torque requirements. The limited-slip rear axle is fitted with a 3.73:1 final drive ratio to optimize acceleration.

To help develop and manage its higher horsepower and torque output, and to reduce noise, vibration and harshness, the CTS-V features several modifications, including:

  • H igh-profile camshaftopens the valves faster and higher, enabling more airflow in and out of the combustion chambers and contributing to horsepower gains
  • H igh-strength pistonshelp improve engine durability, particularly under high-performance operating conditions
  • R evised valves and stiffer valve springsbetter accommodate valve operation with the high-lift cam
  • E nhanced induction systemenables enhanced engine breathing, helping to increase horsepower output
  • H igh-flow intake manifolddelivers high amounts of airflow to the intake ports, helping to ensure a broad torque curve while delivering maximum power
  • H igh-flow fuel injectorsdeliver fuel at the faster rate needed due to increased intake airflow
  • D ual exhaustconstructed of 2.5-inch (159-mm) diameter stainless steel pipe to help minimize back pressure, increase horsepower and ensure proper exhaust tone. Polished stainless steel tips cap the exhaust pipes
  • E ngine coverhelps reduce underhood noise and features the Cadillac wreath and crest in its center and V-Series identification over each cylinder bank

    On the exterior, the CTS-V includes enhancements designed to increase performance, including a unique front fascia with an integrated aero splitter for better aerodynamics and brake ducts vented to cool front brakes. Stainless steel mesh grilles, both below and above the bumper, offer a unique front appearance and allow for free air flow into the engine compartment. Sides include a unique aero rocker design that flows into a specific rear fascia.

    CTS-V offers a unique instrument cluster trimmed with satin chrome rings around each gauge. Aircraft-style, white lettering on a black field is used on gauges for better legibility. Other interior design features include a three-spoke steering wheel with an aluminum bezel and specific controls for CTS-V. Satin chrome finishes also are used on the shift knob, door pulls and door handles. The center armrest has been lowered significantly for easier shifting during driving.

    CTS-V is produced at GM's Lansing Grand River assembly center, the award-winning manufacturing site for the CTS, SRX luxury utility and STS luxury sedan.




    Body style / driveline:

    rear-wheel drive, high-performance luxury sedan


    unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension assembly

    EPA vehicle class:

    midsize car

    Manufacturing location:

    Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing , Michigan

    Key competitors:

    BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG, Audi A4



    6.0L V-8 (LS2)

    Displacement (cu in / cc):

    364 / 5967

    Bore & stroke (in / mm):

    4.0 x 3.62 / 101.6 x 92

    Block material:

    cast aluminum

    Cylinder head material:

    cast aluminum


    OHV, 2 valves per cylinder

    Ignition system:

    coil-on-plug with extended-life iridium spark plugs

    Fuel delivery:

    sequential fuel injection

    Compression ratio:


    Horsepower (hp / kw @ rpm):

    400 / 298 @ 6000

    Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

    395 / 536 @ 4400

    Recommended fuel:

    premium recommended but not required

    Redline speed (rpm):


    Emissions controls:

    evaporative system, close-coupled catalytic converters, positive crankcase ventilation, electronic throttle control feedback air-fuel-ratio control

    Estimated fuel economy

    (mpg city / hwy / combined):

    15 / 23 / 18



    Tremec T56 6-speed manual with skip shift and reverse lockout

    Gear ratios (:1):















    Final drive ratio:




    independent, short/long arm, with elastomeric ride bushings, coil-over springs, 26.6 mm stabilizer bar


    independent, multi-link, coil springs, Nivomat load-leveling shock absorbers, 21 mm stabilizer bar

    Traction control system:


    Steering type:

    performance-tuned, speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack and pinion

    Turning circle, curb-to-curb

    (ft / m):

    36.1 / 11



    Brembo 4-wheel vented disc ABS, 4-piston front and rear calipers and performance brake linings

    Rotor diameter (in / mm):

    front: 0.55 x 1397 / 14 x 355

    rear: 0.57 x 14.37 / 14.4 x 365


    Wheel size and type:

    18-inch x 18.5-inch aluminum alloy


    Goodyear Eagle F1 W-Rated P245/45R18 (run flat)



    Wheelbase (in / mm):

    113.4 / 2880

    Overall length (in / mm):

    191.5 / 4864

    Overall width (in / mm):

    70.6 / 1793

    Overall height (in / mm):

    57.3 / 1455

    Track (in / mm):

    front: 61.1 / 1552; rear: 61.4 / 1559

    Curb weight (lb / kg):

    3850 / 1746

    Weight distribution
    (% front / rear):

    54 / 46



    Headroom (in / mm):

    front: 39 / 990.6

    rear: 36.9 / 937.3

    Legroom (in / mm):

    front: 42.4 / 1076
    rear: 37 / 940

    Shoulder room (in / mm):

    front: 56.6 / 1437

    rear: 56.2 / 1427

    Hip room (in / mm):

    front: 53.4 / 1356

    rear: 53.8 / 1366


    EPA passenger volume
    (cu ft / L):

    111.3 / 3151

    Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

    12.5 / 354

    Fuel tank (gal / L):

    17.5 / 66.2

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