Cadillac CTS-V

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The Cadillac CTS-V is a model in Cadillac’s V-Series line of high performance vehicles, introduced in 2004 to compete with other automakers’ sports sedans such as the BMW M3 and M5 models, as well as the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and E63 AMG.

The CTS-V is currently in use in the Speed World Challenge GT series, with racing cars built and run by Pratt & Miller.

The CTS sedan is enhanced with GM performance parts like a GM LS engine V8 from the C5-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06, as well as the Corvette Z06’s six-speed manual Tremec transmission. From 2006-2008, the previous LS6 engine was superseded by the new LS2 engine as used in the base 2006 Chevrolet Corvette. The 2006-2008 update also included a stronger rear differential and half shaft design. Unique front and rear treatments also included mesh grilles over the front openings, a track-ready suspension, and eighteen-inch wheels inside of Z-rated Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar run-flat tires.

It was the first car launched under Cadillac’s V-Series performance brand which competes directly with BMW’s Motorsport division, Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, and Audi’s S- and RS-Series performance-luxury cars.

There is some controversy surrounding the rear differential and half-shafts of the 2004-2005 models. In addition to many internet forum postings from unhappy owners, one can find reference to the “whine” problem in Road & Track’s November 2006 issue[1]. There are also numerous complaints with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) for both the 2004[2] and 2005[3] models. On page 6 of the November 2006 issue of GM High Tech Performance[4], author Rick Jensen claims to have an internal GM document indicating that some engineers within GM and Delphi realized the torque load from the engine could exceed the half shafts capabilities. Cadillac/GM have not released anything official, though some dealers have replaced the units under warranty. The upgraded differential starting in 2006 is seen by some as a silent admission of the problem.