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Cadillac CTS-V scorches the Nurburgring

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As if upcoming owners of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V won't have enough bragging rights with its advanced technologies and 550 horsepower engine, it's just set lap-time at Nurburgring which puts it into 'world's fastest sedan' territory.

John Heinricy, a celebrated racing driver and GM Performance Division executive, pushed the car to a 7:59.32 lap during testing this Saturday morning. The time broke the 8-minute barrier and earned the car a place as the fastest production sedan ever tested at Nurburgring. You can nearly hear the German's fuming.

GM says that the car was equipped exactly as the production model will be, and that they're nearing completion of testing for the new high-performance model.

The ultimate expression of the brands performance and luxury engineering, CTS-V puts the world's fastest sedans squarely in its crosshairs while delivering a slew of technological and engineering advancements like Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), paddle-shifting, and the world's first Performance Traction Management (PTM) system.

PTM allows drivers to fully exploit the car's power by instantly matching its delivery against current traction availability- meaning enthusiastic owners can safely get on the power hard while the computers keep them out of the foliage.

"The CTS-V represents the full extension of our design, technology and performance capabilities," says Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. "The V-Series takes the award-winning CTS sport sedan and elevates it to a position within the club of the world's most exclusive and capable cars." This year, it's going to be exported too- to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

More results will be available in the near future regarding SAE horsepower ratings, acceleration times and pricing. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.
photo:General Motors