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2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Features Most Powerful Cadillac Engine Ever

June 17, 2013
Cadillac CTS-V

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac CTS-V

The most dramatic in the V-Series range of high-performance luxury models, the 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is sure to turn heads in Palm Springs.

Leading the new 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is a 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine rated at 556 horsepower and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. It is the most powerful engine in Cadillac’s history, featuring an intercooled Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger, which employs twin four-lobe rotors, twisted 160 degrees. Typical superchargers feature three lobes twisted 60 degrees. The fourth lobe and greater helix profile, when combined with unique air inlet and outlet ports, create smoother and more efficient airflow into the engine. In addition to improved overall efficiency, this supercharger has superior noise and vibration characteristics when compared to more ordinary designs.

A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Coupe. A Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch, and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift controls. The steering wheel-mounted controls require no shift lever movement and allow immediate tap up/tap down gear selection. Performance Algorithm Shifting provides the automotive transmission with a performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance driving. As with many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter into the manual “gate” to put the transmission into a performance mode.

Torque is channeled through the six-speed transmissions to a high-performance rear axle that features a limited-slip rear differential within a cast iron housing for greater thermal management and asymmetrical half-shafts to smoothly manage the supercharged engine’s incredible torque. The unique design includes alternately sized half-shafts that also help dynamically balance the oscillation of torque from side to side, essentially eliminating “power hop.”

The V-Series is designed for superior road-holding performance, while maintaining the quality of a luxury car in average driving conditions. This is possible through Cadillac’s landmark Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology. Using shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology, rather than mechanical valves, they greatly accelerate response time and precision. Electronic sensors on all four wheels literally “read the road” every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of body motions.

The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a broader range of damping control to optimize the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V, an extra measure of control is offered, with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport), enabling the driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more spirited performance driving.

The CTS-V Coupe also incorporates a sophisticated braking and tire systems, partnering with two companies renowned for high-performance technology: Brembo and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful, six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Large, vented rotors enable strong initial braking force while optimizing heat resistance and eliminating fade.

Michelin partnered with Cadillac engineers to develop an exclusive Pilot Sport PS2 tire specifically engineered for the CTS-V. The tires support high levels of grip in track conditions, while also affording excellent performance on the road. Additional chassis and suspension features include an independent short/long arm (SLA) front suspension system that features low-mass aluminum for the upper and lower control arms, as well as the knuckles, and a multi-link rear suspension with a fully isolated sub frame. Additionally, the StabiliTrak electronic chassis control system is integrated with the CTS-V’s standard four-channel ABS with the full-function traction control, as well as the hydraulic brake assist and engine control systems.
Not to mention a limited-slip differential and a power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system.

The 2013 CTS-V Coupe’s interior features streamlined instrumentation, LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents. It includes performance seats featuring perforated suede microfiber inserts designed to hold the driver and front passenger in place during cornering. Recaro performance driving seats are optional and provide excellent support during performance driving. These 14-way adjustable performance seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and backrests.

A high-performance coupe for a high-performance driver, the 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is waiting to turn heads in Palm Springs and all of Southern California.

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