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2009 Cadillac CTS-V has power

Click below to watch a video review of the Cadillac CTS-V.

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Paul Batista
Instant Wheels Editor, InstantRiverside.com

The 2009 CTS-V is impressive. As the numbers go, it’s powered by a 6.2L V8 - 556 HP - 6 speed manual. This is a luxury race car with 4 doors. And when compared to equally luxurious performance sedans, I consider its base price of $58,000 to be a bargain!

Recently I was given the vehicle for a week-long test drive. My media car, which is the same one given to Motor Trend, and featured on the July 2009 cover, topped out at nearly $67,000. That might seem steep for a 4-door American performance sedan but the price included what I considered to be many desirable features. $3,400 covered the cost of the cozy Recaro seats. They were adjustable in 14 different ways.

Other standard features include a Bose 5.1 surround sound system, Sirius-XM, bluetooth, magnetic ride control, ambient lighting, adaptive HID headlights, and rear park assist.

I drove the CTS-V up to Lake Arrowhead. If you haven’t been, getting there involves navigating a winding road. I was not disappointed. This car hugged every curve and never felt unsure. Those Recaro seats held me right in place.

ctsvhomepage.jpg The pop-up navigation is a $2100 option. (You see more of this in my video report.)

While there is no doubt this is another Cadillac helping to give the brand a younger, more vibrant identity, engineers and designers had their sights set squarely on the German competition. And, in my opinion, they’ve succeeded. GM has finally landed a solid spot at the top of the luxury performance sedan category.

Locally the CTS-V is sold at Dutton Motor Company in The Riverside Auto Center. While my car had a manual transmission, sales manager Mike Whitney said “most customers are opting for the automatic, it basically performs the same,” said Whitney.

Behind the wheel, you’d never have a clue of the current state of the auto industry. This is GM at its finest.

Related stories:

Watch Paul’s advance review of the Dodge Challenger SRT-8 two months before it was released to the public.

Watch Paul’s advance review of the Ford Mustang Bullitt.

Paul Batista is the Instant Wheels Automotive Editor for InstantRiverside.com. His reports appear on this website, and on our affiliate website pe.com/cars, and on KVCR-TV.

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