2004 Cadillac CTS-V 

  • $50k
  • 2004
  • 400 HP 5.7L
  • 155 mph
The 2012 CTS gets new grille styling, but the changes are subtle and the overall shield shape that's become a familiar Cadillac design cue remains.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
The stiff, one-piece calipers provide perfectly precise modulation, making deceleration as easy and impressive as acceleration.
by AutoBlog (Jun, 2009)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Cadillac CTS-V


4.9 s
C16 Corvette
3.5 s

Top speed

155 mph
C16 Corvette
206 mph


11.3 s
C16 Corvette
7.8 s

1/4 mile

13.3 s
C16 Corvette
11.1 s

Data points Key details of the Cadillac CTS-V


C16 Corvette


400 HP
C16 Corvette
616 HP

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


And though it's true that the E63 offers substantially more grunt than the M5 (465 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm versus 383 lb-ft at 6,100 rpm), it's still outmatched in both output and responsiveness by the CTS-V.
by AutoBlog (Jun, 2009)
Measured application of the throttle results in perfectly linear acceleration – and when you finally hammer the go-pedal, all that twist plants your backside into the seat unlike any other sedan on the market.
by AutoBlog (Jun, 2009)
Strong, fade-free brakes easily absorbed the drama that is 4292 pounds moving at triple-digit speeds, bringing the car to rest from 70 mph in 166 feet.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)


The six-speed manual's gate feel could be crisper.
by MotorTrend (Sep, 2003)
The Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual offered on the Cadillac CTS- V is an excellent case in point—precise engagements, reasonably short throws, a sweet clutch, and gear ratios well matched to the supercharged and intercooled 6.2-liter V-8.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2009)
Whether you opt for the manual or automatic, the CTS- V isn’t likely to persist.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2009)


Having logged seat time in manual and automatic versions of the CTS- V , we’re inclined to believe the automatic may be the better choice, particularly for the slightly older guys who are most likely to step up to a car in this price range.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2009)
The leather-wrapped steering wheel includes standard integrated controls for cruise and audio system.
by MotorTrend (Jun, 2008)
It’s widely known that the denizens of this shop prefer manual transmissions to automatics.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2009)


When we backed up our hard-driving impressions with roadwork on the winding two lanes through the French and German countryside, we also discovered a pleasing ride, nicely weighted controls, and a quiet, feature-rich cabin.
by MotorTrend (Sep, 2003)
While the cabin is high on premium materials and luxury features, what it doesn't have in abundance is space.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Many of the CTS’s controls and switchgear are exclusive to the CTS and look expensive with a nice feel.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2009)


Ride quality is very good thanks to the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, and the big, powerful engine is surprisingly quiet around town.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2012)
Tires play a significant part in the ride and handling equation, which is why it was unfortunate that our rear-wheel-drive CTS arrived with Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires on its 19-inch wheels.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
Quick responses, direct and accurate steering, a solid and imperturbable structure, and lively rear-wheel-drive handling give the CTS sports-sedan credentials that were once exclusive to sedans from Germany.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Cadillac
Price $50,000
Year 2004

power & handling

Maximum hp 400 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 5,665 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10:1
Bore/stroke 3.9 in / 3.62 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

physical dimensions

Width 72.6 in
Height 57.2 in
Length 191.5 in
Front track width 61.1 in
Wheelbase 113.4 in

road tests

Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile 13.3 s
0-60mph 4.9 s
0-100mph 11.3 s


Drivetrain RWD w/StabiliTrak Stability Control
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Axle ratio 3.73:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 457/? 216
Rear wheels 457/? 216
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