According to the guys at Car and Driver, the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V managed to beat the new BMW M3 and the M5 on a timed lap around the 'Ring. A Cadillac representative states that is actually the fastest documented lap time for a production sedan, just a little under 8 min.
Its german competitors, the BMW M3 and M5, had a timed lap of 8:15sec respectively 8:13sec. The Cadillac is finishing testing on its CTS-V, which the american automaker prepares to start producing in a limited-edition 2009 performance sedan in the fall.
The Cadillac CTS-V is packing under the hood a supercharged and intercooled 6.2-liter V-8 known as the LSA. Even though the official numbers have not been released, everyone is expecting 550 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 550 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. Cadillac keeps the tradition of big engines and lots of ponies.
Could the CTS-V become a serious competitor for BMW's M division? Are you really surprised by the results? Could the 2009 CTS-V keep up with the rumored 5.5 liter 550 horsepower BMW M5?