By now you guys know that I am simply in love with Cadillac’s line of CTS-V cars. They’re stunning to look at, ungodly fast, and pack in so much ass-kicking power that they’ll make you feel like Darth Vader on crack wielding a 40-foot light saber. You see Cadillac nailed the formula here. They gave us a car that is a 10 out of 10 in the looks department, equipped it with an engine that’s capable of turning rear tires into hummus, and then to top it off, they threw in an f*ck you attitude that’s a cross between Steve McQueen, John Wayne and Bill Clinton during his freakiest oval office days with Miss Monica and a box of Cuban’s finest. These are the Cadillac CTS-V’s and people, you’re kidding yourselves if you don’t think these suckers are the baddest boys on the block.
*Photo Credit: Richard Prince
Earlier this week I was invited up to Monticello Motor Club to go for a ride in Caddy’s new CTS-V race car with uber driver Andy Pilgrim behind the wheel. I arrived mid-morning, walked into the clubhouse and was greeted to not only a great display, but that stunningly beautiful CTS-V Coupe race car that I’d followed since Cadillac announced it over a year ago. The car itself is truly a work of art and is, without a doubt, one of the best looking vehicles in all of motor sport.
Here are some quick stats to wet your whistle: 3,200 lbs. with perfect 50/50 weight distribution, a 6.2L V8 with aluminum block and heads that cranks out 460 hp & 447 lb.-ft torque. It’s got a sequential six-speed transmission with no-lift shift (obscenely cool), 18-inch BBS wheels and six-pot Brembo calipers that ride on 355mm rotors which can bring this sucker to a halt hard enough to make your eyeballs bounce off the windshield.
In short, this thing is seriously evil. It also has a carbon fiber steering wheel with six knobs and 12 buttons that allow the driver to do everything from grab a drink to engage his launch control. Now I ask you, is it wrong to be in love with a car?
Anyway, my turn came and I was thankfully able to wedge my big 6’4″ 245 lb. body into the passenger seat. Once strapped in Pilgrim hit the gas and we were off. Now I’ve been in a lot of race cars before, but this thing was just amazing on every level. The handling, braking and acceleration were outstanding with the grip levels being off the charts. I’ll tell ya’, this car wouldn’t have been possible if Cadillac hadn’t invested the time, effort and emotion into first building the original CTS-V Sedan back in 2003.
They took a gamble on producing a car that not only possessed some amazing engineering and performance, but true American heart and soul, and for that I thank them immensely. So… as a car enthusiast, automotive journalist, track instructor and lover of all wheeled things, if you were to ask me what car I’d buy tomorrow? Well, it would be a 2011 CTS-V Wagon in Supersonic Blue Metallic (MAKE THIS COLOR FOR THE WAGON CADDY!!), equipped with a 6-speed manual, rear differential cooler (for track days), RECARO Performance Seating with a suede steering wheel and suede shift knob.
*Greatest color combo ever!! But, umm… make it in a wagon please…
So yep… that should about do it.