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Sleuth: The Week of June 8

June 11, 2008|By Wheelbase Communications

Hot off the press!

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe gets green light!: The Sleuth’s sizzling tip this week is that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe that enthusiasts have been pining for has been officially green-lighted. Cadillac General Manager Jim Taylor has told a few media outlets that if his company was going to make a V coupe, it would probably arrive at the same time as the regular CTS Coupe. Sources report that the V will arrive in May 2009. It should come as no surprise that it will pack the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 as the 2009 CTS-V Sedan. Whether the coupe will share the sedan’s 550-horsepower rating remains to be seen. The same engine in the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 makes 638.

VW boss might leave, if pushed: The drama and saga that is Porsche and the Volkswagen Group might have reached a new low after Porsche grabbed a controlling stake in VW. It seems VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn has threatened to resign if Porsche attempts to influence the direction of any of its premium brands. Porsche’s growing stake in Volkswagen — currently 31 percent but expected to reach 50 percent — is causing concern at VW’s various subsidiaries, including Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Bugatti. Audi executives fear their company will be the first affected by Porsche’s newfound power. Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking has insinuated VW might be better off without Lamborghini and Bugatti. Let the games begin.

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