The Cadillac CTS-V is based on GMs ‘sigma’ platform – sharing parts with Cadillac STS & SRX. The base CTS is a good car to drive, but the V edition is fantastic. This 2004 CTS-V is for sale on ebay for a buy-it-now price of $14,000 and located in Pembroke Pines, FL.
Unfortunately the parking lots in “Pembroke Pines” are all shaded (with pines?) or so it would seem from the photos…but bad photography can’t hide the stealth fighter lines of the V’s shapely sedan body. The V has all right ingredients to haul kids around at speed – big V8 up front, 6 speed manual in the middle and limited slip differential in the rear. It has some distinct cosmetic parts to separate it from the plebian CTS models – including a blingy grill, front curb scraper and huge 18 inch wheels running costly run-flat tires.
The V isn’t powered by a pedestrian mill from another Cadillac – it gets its engine from GMs Corvette Z06 — a fire breathing 5.7 liter LS6 V8 putting out 400 horsepower and 395 ft-lbs of torque. The LS6 is mated to a Tremec 6 speed manual and finally into a proper limited slip differential – no AMG style fake diff in this monster. Unfortunately all of this power and torque is well known to tear half-shafts apart (the 2006 model addressed this with beefier diff and axles).
The interior of the first generation CTS-V isn’t particularly upscale – more Camry than Audi – and the stubby shifter is notchy and thick steering wheel attached to over-boosted power steering – but we already mentioned it was GM so this is sort of redundant…
The V is fast car – 0-60mph in about 4.8 seconds and a heavy car -3900 lbs. Its the sledgehammer that you bring to a knife fight and as a result can be costly on consumables such as fuel, tires, front air dams & axles -so don’t expect the V to treat your pocketbook nicely. But at the same time it comes with a bulletproof and cheap to repair small block Chevy engine. Does V stand for victory or vagabond?
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