When it comes to American sports sedans, it’s hard to top the Cadillac CTS-V, thanks to its aggressive design, Cadillac heritage, and incredible luxury features. Let’s take a deeper look at this cutting-edge driving machine now. 

The Cadillac CTS-V – The Ultimate American Sports Sedan

The Cadillac CTS-V is the high-performance version of the Cadillac CTS, which was the flagship executive car of Cadillac starting in 2003. It’s designed to maximize performance and provide an active, tactile driving experience, while still providing owners with all of the features that they could want from a luxury vehicle. 

This is the crux of the appeal of the CTS-V – climbing into luxurious leather seats, and feeling the rumble of the enormous V8 engine that powers this high-performance car. The 2019 CTS-V with a supercharged V8 engine can achieve a 0-60 time of just 3.6 seconds, putting on par with many of today’s best supercars.

The History Of The Cadillac CTS-V

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The CTS-V was introduced along the CTS, which was a luxury sedan designed to replace Cadillac’s aging Catera, which was built on an Opel Motors platform. The CTS, on the other hand, was built on GM’s Sigma Platform, which was used for all of its mid-sized, rear-wheel drive cars.

When the CTS-V was introduced in 2003, it boasted incredible performance compared to other cars in the same market segment, with a V6 engine that boasted 400 horsepower, and a Tremec T56 transmission that provided it with a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. Since then, the CTS-V has only improved over the generations.

However, 2019 will be the last year that the CTS and CTS-V are sold by Cadillac, as this model is expected to be replaced by the Cadillac CT5. 

The Technology Of The Cadillac CTS-V – Dedicated To Superb Performance

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Since its introduction in 2004, the CTS-V has walked a fine line between comfort and performance, making it a truly unique vehicle. It was built with a V8 engine, compared to the V6 used in the CTS, and also included features like built-in anti-roll bars and larger shock absorbers, as well as run-flat tires, and four-piston Brembo brake calipers on both the front and back wheels for better braking performance.

Throughout the years, this focus on high performance has continued with the CTS-V, but it still includes all of the luxury comfort features of the CTS, including Bose surround sound systems, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, integrated music storage, and beautifully crafted interiors. 

A History Of Cadillac CTS-V Models

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There have been a total of three generations of Cadillac CTS-V models, and we’ll take a look at each one below.

  • Generation 1 (2004-2007) – The first-generation CTS-V was launched after the CTS was introduced to America, and it used a V8 engine, and had features like a half shaft and strong rear differential to handle the additional power. The only available transmission was a manual Tremec T56. The first-generation CTS-V posted a Nurburgring time of 8:19, putting it on par with competitors like Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
  • Generation 2 (2008-2014) – Generation 2 saw the introduction of the CTS-V coupe, as well as a redesign that included features like a multi-link rear suspension, BWI MagneRide technology, and a 556 hp, 8-cylinder pushrod engine. An automatic transmission was also introduced. This generation achieved a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds.
  • Generation 3 (2016-2019) – The final generation of the CTS-V was built around a V8 engine sourced from the Corvette C7 Z06, which develops more than 640 horsepower, and is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission for a 0-60 time of just 3.6 seconds. 

The Cadillac CTS-V In The News

Notably, the Cadillac CTS-V was tuned by aftermarket company Hennessy to develop more than 1,000 horsepower. The Cadillac CTS, upon which the CTS-V is based, also had a starring role in 2003 movie The Matrix: Reloaded

It has also been noted for its incredible performance and reasonable cost over the years, with The Wall Street Journal claiming the CTS-V coupe made German competitors like BMW and Mercedes-Benz “look like taxis.” 

Celebrity Endorsements Of The Cadillac CTS-V

Thanks to its unique combination of style, luxury, and heart-pounding performance, the CTS-V has been driven by quite a few celebrities. Justin Bieber has been spotted in a CTS-V, which is customized in a blacked-out color scheme, in a “Batmobile” design. His car was customized by the well-known auto shop West Coast Customs, which is known for the 2000s car modification series “Pimp My Ride.” 

Dale Stewart, the bassist for the band Seether, is also a well-known CTS-V enthusiast. Comedian Adam Sandler is also a fan, and has been spotted in his very own CTS-V. Jeff Dunham, a comedian known for his ventriloquism-based stand-up, owns a CTS-V wagon, which he rated as being a “9.5 out of 10,” when it came to performance, handling, and overall ownership.

The Most Popular Cadillac CTS-V Groups

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One of the most popular Cadillac CTS-V groups is the Cadillac V-Club, which is dedicated to CTS-V owners of all generations, and regularly hosts meetups, local events, and much more. The CTS-V ELITE Facebook group is also a popular group for CTS-V owners, and a valuable resource for those who wish to buy, sell, or modify their vehicles. Other clubs include the CTS-V Forum, and Cadillac V-Net

The Cadillac CTS-V Is The Ultimate Combination Of Performance And Style

Despite the fact that the Cadillac CTS-V is being discontinued starting in 2019, its legacy will live on – not just in the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V, which is expected to deliver incredible luxury and performance, but also in the hearts and minds of the dedicated, loyal owners who already own a CTS-V of any generation. As a driving machine, the CTS-V is a great expression of both American luxury and muscle – and for a small segment of loyal fans, it’s a truly iconic vehicle.