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Cadillac presented the CTS-V at the 2003 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas outfitted with some of the V-Series accessories that will be offered in 2004.

The 2004 CTS-V – Cadillac’s ambitious entry into the high-performance luxury car niche – represents the first vehicle to wear the Cadillac V-Series badge.

Equipped with a revised LS6 5.7-liter V-8 engine mated to a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission, the CTS-V is a highly refined performance sedan that’s designed and engineered for driving enthusiasts, whether on the road or at the track.

The new CTS-V will be produced at the Lansing (Mich.) Grand River Assembly Plant, winner of the J.D. Power Silver Quality Award. Production is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2003. Lansing Grand River is home to GM’s new rear-wheel drive Sigma architecture that is also the foundation for the CTS sedan, SRX luxury utility, and future STS luxury sedan. The CTS-V incorporates a series of high-performance refinements tuned on the world’s most renowned tracks, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany.

The result is the most powerful production car in Cadillac’s lineup – and one that is engineered to more than hold its own with some of the industry’s most renowned high-performance luxury vehicles, including entries from the BMW M-series, Audi S-series and Mercedes-Benz AMG series.

CTS-V enters the high-performance luxury club at the top in terms of horsepower, offering 400 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. torque. However, the CTS-V is about much more than raw power.

To make the CTS-V both agreeable on the race track and comfortable on the street, GM Performance Division engineers implemented a series of high-performance refinements to the vehicle’s chassis system featuring four driver-selected modes of StabliTrak including a ‘competition’ mode; retuned, larger shock absorbers; larger springs and stabilizer bars, performance tuned bushings; performance tuned steering; and reinforced, larger front and rear cradles.

The exterior of the CTS-V has been revised with purposeful enhancements including larger front and rear fascias and rockers, seven-spoke 18-inch flangeless wheels, dual investment-cast stainless steel exhaust tips, stainless steel wire-mesh grille split above and below the front bumper, and distinctive V-Series badging.

Interior revisions include sueded fabric seat inserts, accent stitching, driver and passenger adjustable lumbar, satin chrome aluminum accents, instrument cluster featuring two Driver Information Centers displaying performance oriented information including peak and momentary lateral acceleration; oil, transmission and coolant temperatures; oil and tire pressure readings. Navigation and XM radio are also standard equipment.

Serious Accessories
The CTS-V will be offered with a line of V-Series accessories, some of which were unveiled at the SEMA show. A set of 6-lug, 18” polished alloy wheels are offered to further enhance the CTS-V’s appearance. The open wheel design highlights the substantial disc brakes and calipers.

The brake discs for the SEMA car have been replaced with cross-drilled rotors. Cross drilling helps to keep the brakes cool, reducing brake fade.

An under hood carbon-fiber appearance package was also displayed. Consisting of a radiator cover, engine cover, and tower-to-tower brace, the carbon fiber components enhance the underhood appearance and help reduce vehicle weight.

Cadillac CTS-V Highlights:
- LS6 5.7L V-8 with Tremec six-speed manual transmission
- Specially tuned high performance suspension components including larger shocks, springs and stabilizer bars
- Performance-tuned steering
- StabiliTrak with four driver selectable modes
- Massive four-wheel disc brakes with four piston Brembo calipers with vented discs
- Goodyear Eagle F1 245/45WR18 run-flat tires
- Subtle exterior enhancements, including a stainless steel wire mesh front grille, revised front fascia with brake ducts, revised rocker panels, rear fascia with dual exhausts, and subtle V-series badging.
- A new instrument cluster with two driver information centers, driver selectable to provide additional instrumentation on fluid temperatures, oil and tire pressure, and lateral acceleration
- Leather and metallic accents
- Sueded fabric seat inserts
- 18-inch accessory wheels
- Cross-drilled accessory brake rotors
- Carbon-fiber accessory under hood appearance kit (CRFM cover, engine cover, and tower-to-tower brace)

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