CTS All-wheel Drive system details

Borg Warner has issued a press release giving some details about the all-wheel drive system they designed for the new CTS.

A few interesting, if PR-speak, details about the system buried in here:

Press release below:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 3 — The all-new 2008 Cadillac CTS will offer BorgWarner’s all-wheel drive (AWD) technology as optional equipment for the first time, beginning later this summer. The new InterActive Torque Management Transfer Case (ITM(R) tc) system uses sophisticated controls and algorithms to augment vehicle handling and traction by optimally using grip at both the front and rear wheels. In addition, the ITM(R) tc system uses BorgWarner’s Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) software, which is designed to work in cooperation with other vehicle systems like anti- lock brakes and electronic stability programs to further improve traction, stability, and performance.

“We are proud to launch another all-wheel drive application with Cadillac and General Motors,” said Cindy Niekamp, President and General Manager, BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems. “Adapting this technology to the passenger car market was the next progression. As a global leader in all-wheel drive technology, we are pleased to provide the next generation of CTS drivers with the enhanced vehicle traction, stability and handling that the system offers.”

The Cadillac CTS uses the latest generation of interactive transfer case technology available as part of BorgWarner’s torque management portfolio. BorgWarner’s portfolio consists of a full line of active torque management devices focused on the needs of the expanding all-wheel drive market. In the new CTS, the active transfer case from BorgWarner can shift up to 100% of available torque to the front axle if needed. In addition to providing the transfer case hardware, BorgWarner will also supply the software controls and electronics for vehicle level integration support. These capabilities are core competencies of BorgWarner and provide automakers like General Motors with outstanding vehicle performance.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 64 locations in 17 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, Hyundai/Kia, Honda, BMW, Caterpillar, Navistar International, and Peugeot. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com/.

  • John Russo

    Borg Warner the same people who made the AWD transfer case for the 2004 SRX. You know the one that has excessive drive line lash and to compensate for the units inherent weakness Cadillac de-tuned the SRX.Yet the Transfer Case still fails but only later.

  • KCPhil

    I have a 2012 Cadillac CTS4 and it seems to work well. What bothers me, though, is that no one has been able to explain to me how this system works in any detail. They can’t even tell me what the front/rear left/right split is when the car is traveling on straight, dry, level pavement. I know it adjusts the power delivery, but what is its ‘default’?