Any car shopper from the past few years that hasn’t driven a Cadillac is doing themselves a disservice. Like in decades past, the experience remains smooth and infinitely comfortable. However, there’s also a growing movement toward elite racing dynamics and athletic driving performance. Specifically, the Cadillac ATS and CTS have become thrilling sedans with stiff suspensions, tight handling, and well-tuned engines. These vehicles are the beneficiaries of the Cadillac V-Series, Cadillac’s top-of-the-line, race-ready vehicles.
2017 Cadillac ATS-V (MSRP $68,395)
Cadillac says the 2017 ATS-V has “roots in the performance racing circuit”. But that’s an understatement. Among the sensible, anything on four wheels that can travel from 0-97 km/h in 3.8 seconds is a racecar. And that’s before mentioning it’s 304 km/h top speed. To get up to that pace quickly, the ATS-V also features Launch Control, a system that reaches optimal RPM and traction conditions before you release the brake to ensure optimal acceleration off the line.
- 3.6L Twin-Turbo Engine with 464-horsepower.
- Carbon Fibre Hood
- ZF Steering System
- Brembo Brakes
- Magnetic Ride Control
- Electronic Limited Slip Differential
- Performance Traction Management System
Of course, the ATS-V is still a Cadillac. And that means owners get a high standard of interior comfort. Features like Bose Premium Audio and Active Noise Cancellation and leather seats with sueded microfiber inserts are standard.
CTS-V (MSRP $93,110)
The Cadillac CTS-V is even an even greater track monster than its younger brother. Somehow, Cadillac has found space underneath the hood for a supercharged 6.2L V8 Engine with 640 horsepower and 630 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s good enough a top speed of 322 km/hr that I hope you never reach. And Despite all that force, Cadillac has taken great steps to ensure that you’re comfortable. 20-way adjustable performance semi-aniline seats with microfibre inserts are standard. They also feature heating and ventilation to ensure comfort in all conditions.
Other standard features include:
- Front and rear Brembo brakes
- Bose 13-Speaker Premium Audio
- Wireless Charging Pad
- Carbon Fiber Hood
- 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with Magnesium Shifters
It’s Smart, Too
The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V comes with some of the latest safety technology including Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Change Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Given the CTS-V’s power, the included safety tools are almost necessary. But when you can launch from 0-96 km/h in 3.7s, it might be nice if it came with a parachute.
Cadillac V-Performance Academy
The Cadillac V-Performance Academy is a school for Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V owners. The academy is held at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club. Located a short drive west of the Las Vegas strip, Spring Mountain is an oasis for enthusiasts to buy, service, and drive their racecars. During the V-Performance Academy, the track belongs to Cadillacs, as owners learn advanced driving skills from the professionals. The program is intended to help owners get the most out of their vehicle, but also to expand their driving skillset in order to remain safe and confident on the road.
Enrollment in the Cadillac V-Performance Academy is included in the purchase of new 2017 and 2018 V-Series vehicles. Cadillac provides airfare, two-nights’ accommodations, food – and, of course, training. They lend you the same V-Series model that you purchased. All you need to provide is a lead foot and an open mind (and maybe some sunscreen).