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09 CTS-V Blisters Nurburgring
Breaks 8-minute barrier - potentially the fastest documented lap time for a production sedan

In testing today at Germany's Nurburgring, Cadillac's upcoming new 2009 CTS-V completed a lap of the legendary Nordschleife in 7:59.32. This blistering time appears to be the fastest ever publicly documented for a production sedan.

Cadillac is nearing the completion of testing for the highly anticipated CTS-V, the limited-edition high-performance model based on the award-winning CTS sport sedan. John Heinricy, GM Performance Division executive and an acclaimed racing driver, piloted the CTS-V through its sub-8 minute lap. The car itself had no performance modifications outside of those planned for consumer production, which is scheduled to begin this fall.

Estimated at 550-hp, the CTS-V is at the moment going through the final stages of intensive testing and development. One of the realistic objectives of the Cadillac team is to make the CTS-V the world's fastest production sedan, as a part of the overall goal to make the V-Series Cadillac's ultimate expression of performance and technology. More updates will be released in the coming weeks as testing is finalized, including the car's certified SAE power ratings, acceleration specifications and U.S.-market pricing.

Video documentation of the car's breakthrough Nordschleife performance will be posted online in the coming days at http://cadillac.gmblogs.com

The eight-minute mark has long been recognized as a major Nurburgring milestone, reserved for race cars and the fastest exotic sports cars. While there's no single official repository for Nurburgring data from private test sessions, numerous reputable websites and publications report lap times from race teams, automakers and independent sources.

The new 2009 CTS-V includes a suite of advanced performance technologies, including a new version of Cadillac's acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control suspension and the LSA 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine. For the first time, CTS-V will include the choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions, with the new automatic sporting steering wheel-mounted shift buttons.
 

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Is GM on a roll or what. If we can only keep the political CAFE, ect. under control. It amazes me how we have all of this technology nowadays and there seems to be people that don't want it to be used (sarcasm towards the CAFE nazi's that want everything to be hybrid).
 

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Found this on www.supercars.net

This is a monster sedan!



7:49.72 157.89 km/h -- Honda RC30, Helmut Daehne (93) (moto bike)
7:50 --- 157.79 km/h -- BMW E46 M3 CSL, 360 PS/1421 kg (sport auto 08/03)
7:50 --- 157.79 km/h -- Lamborghini Murcielago, 462 PS/1450 kg (sport auto 06/02)
7:50 --- 157.79 km/h -- Nissan GT-R, 480 PS/1750 kg, Hrst von Saurma, partially wet track (sport auto 12/07) www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=0&fID=1&tID=145737
7:50 --- 157.79 km/h -- Westfield Super 7 with Hayabusa engine,
7:52 --- 157.12 km/h –- Ford GT, 550 PS/1599 kg (sport auto 02/06)
7:52 --- 157.12 km/h -- Gemballa Porsche 911 Le Mans (sport auto 95)
7:52 --- 157.12 km/h -- Lamborghini Gallardo E-gear, 493 PS/1496 kg (sport auto 12/03)
7:52 --- 157.12 km/h -- Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren (sport auto 06/04)
7:54 --- 156.46 km/h -- Mercedes CLK DTM AMG, 582 PS/1678kg, (sport auto 03/05) www.sportauto-online.de/test_U_technik/supertest/hxcms_article_500696_14469.hbs
7:54 --- 156.46 km/h -- Porsche 997 Turbo, 480 PS/1620 kg (sport auto 06/07) www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=0&fID=2&tID=126501
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPvBuZ3EJTQ&mode=user&search=
7:54 --- 156.46 km/h -- Porsche 993 GT3, 360 PS/1380 kg (sport auto 06/03)
7:55* -- 156.13 km/h -- Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24, 385 PS/1350 kg (race car, not street-legal)(*mfr.)
7:55 --- 156.13 km/h -- Caterham R500 Superlight, Robert Nearn (EVO magazine 07/00)
7:55 --- 156.13 km/h – Ferrari F430 F1, 490 PS/1493 kg (sport auto 01/06) www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=0&fID=2&tID=67305
7:55 --- 156.17 km/h -- Nissan GT-R, 473 PS/1724 kg www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071017/FREE/71017001/1065
7:56 --- 155.80 km/h -- Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, 425 PS/1387 kg (sport auto 02/04)
7:56 --- 155.80 km/h -- Porsche 996 Turbo, 420 PS/1569 kg (sport auto 06/00)
7:56* - 155.80 km/h -- Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ,company chief engineer Dave Hill (*mfr.)
7:56.50 155.60 km/h -- Mercedes CLK DTM AMG, 582 PS/1678kg, Klaus Ludwig (AutoBild 02/06)
7:56.65 155.57 km/h – Lamborghini Gallardo SE, 520 PS/1560 kg, Tom Kristensen (AutoBild 02/06)
7:56.73* 155.57 km/h Honda NSX-R (*Best Motoring video "Carrera Invasion", lap not complete)
7:57 --- 155.48 km/h -- AC Schnitzer Tension, 552 PS/1797 kg (sport auto 04/07), www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=1&fID=1&tID=123445
7:57 --- 155.47 km/h -- Lotec Porsche 993 Turbo, 600 PS/1558 kg (sport auto 05/98)
7:58 --- 156.66 km/h -- Audi RS4 4.2 V8 FSI, 420 PS/ 1650 kg, Frank Stippler, (10/05) www.8200rpm.com/forum/read.php?f=10&i=16841&t=16841\
7:59 --- 154.82 km/h -- Porsche 997 Carrera S, PASM setting “Performance”, (Walter Roehrl WHEELS 06/ 2004)
7:59* -- 154.82 km/h -- Chevrolet C6 Z51, company test driver Dave Hill (*mfr.)
7:59* -- 154.82 km/h -- Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R (*free of the speed limiter standard on UK versions, so it was discounted)
www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/228511/
7:59.41 154.69 km/h -- Subaru Impreza WRX STi spec.C "prototype" (2004), www.subaru.com.hk/pdf/SNW0404.pdf

8:01.72 153.98 km/h -- Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R, (Best Motoring video "Carrera Invasion")
8:01.84 153.98 km/h -- Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, 520 PS/1760 kg, www.autobild.de/test/neuwagen/artikel.php?artikel_id=14111&artikel_seite=1
8:02 --- 153.86 km/h -- Porsche 997 Carrera S, PASM setting “Sport”, (Walter Roehrl WHEELS 06/ 04)
8:03 --- 153.54 km/h – Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 385 PS/1636 kg, Pirelli P Zero Corsa (sport auto 10/05)
8:03 --- 153.54 km/h -- Porsche 911 GT3, 360 PS/1391 kg (sport auto 08/99)
8:03.86 153.52 km/h -- Honda NSX http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ua_wcOnPkxk
8:04 --- 153.22 km/h -- Audi R8, 420 PS/1595 kg (sport auto 07/07) www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=0&fID=2&tID=133046
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCTb65ufbxg&mode=user&search=
8:04 --- 153.22 km/h -- Lamborghini Diablo GT, 575 PS/1620 kg (sport auto 07/00)
8:05 --- 152.91 km/h -- BMW M3, 420 PS/1608 kg (sport auto 12/07) www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=0&fID=2&tID=145617
8:05 --- 152.91 km/h -- Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series, 507 PS/1745 kg (sport auto 03/08) www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=0&fID=2&tID=152624
8:05 --- 152.91 km/h -- Ferrari 575M Maranello F1, 580 PS/1820 kg (sport auto 12/02)
8:05 --- 152.91 km/h -- Porsche 997 Carrera S, PASM settino “Standard”, Walter Roehrl (WHEELS 06/04)
8:05 --- 152.91 km/h -- Porsche 997 Carrera S, 355PS/1461kg (sport auto 05/05),
8:05 --- 152.91 km/h -- Ruf CTR www.lad.lv/~martini/porsche/Videos/RUF-CTR_Nurburgring1.wmv
8:06 --- 152.59 km/h -- Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG (sport auto 04/02)
8:06.01 152.59 km/h -- Subaru WRX Sti C-spec (Best Motoring video "Carrera Invasion")
8:06.2 - 152.59 km/h -- Caterham Superlight R www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/228511/
8:07 --- 152.28 km/h -- Ferrari 550 Maranello, 485 PS/1724 kg (sport auto 06/98)
8:07.76 152.04 km/h -- BMW M6, 507 PS/1761 kg, Prinz Luitpold von Bayern (AutoBild 02/06)
8:08.62 151.77 km/h -- HGP Golf R32 Turbo Stufe 3, 495 PS/1660 kg, www.autobild.de/test/neuwagen/artikel.php?artikel_id=14071
8:08.73 151.88 km/h -- Porsche 993 Turbo http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ua_wcOnPkxk
8:09 --- 151.66 km/h – Audi RS4, 420 PS/1728 kg (sport auto 06/06)
8:09 --- 151.66 km/h -- BMW M6, 507 PS/1761 kg (sport auto 12/05)
8:09 --- 151.66 km/h -- Honda NSX-R, 320 PS/1467 kg (sport auto 08/02)
8:09 --- 151.66 km/h -- Ferrari 360 Modena , 400 PS/1464 kg (sport auto 10/99)
8:09 --- 151.66 km/h -- Lamborghini Diablo SV, 520 PS/1590 kg (sport auto 12/97)
8:10 --- 151.35 km/h -- Alpina B6 S, 530 PS/1815 kg (sport auto 05/08) www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=0&fID=2&tID=157259
8:10 --- 151.35 km/h -- Aston Martin V8 Vantage (Top Gear 02/05)
8:10 --- 151.35 km/h -- Chrysler Viper GTS, 411 PS/1567 kg (sport auto 10/97)
8:10 --- 151.35 km/h -- Donkervoort D8 180R, 210 PS/650 kg (sport auto 03/01)
8:10.75 151.27 km/h -- Subaru Impreza WRX STi Version III sedan (1996), www.subaru.com.hk/pdf/SNW0404.pdf
 

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Dayum not bad at all.
 

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I see a 7:58 by the Audi RS4, which I believe is a sedan...

I just hope the CTS can squeeze another 2 seconds out of the lap time...
 
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