The Cadillac CTS-V is one of the best luxury sedans from outside of Europe in recent times. The car is still competitive even when put up against comparable cars from today’s market. However, unfortunately, since 2019, the CTS-V has been discontinued. The past models still have some great features and will be remembered well.
The CTS-V was as much a luxury car as a performance one and because of this, high-quality touches were added throughout from the interior materials all the way to the exterior flourishes, making for a car that was both sporty and classy. Below are some of the best features of past CTS-V models and some of the reasons why we miss it.
10 Surprisingly Light
For a car with such a huge engine, especially a large sedan, you may be surprised to know that the CTS-V was actually fairly low weight by comparison to similarly-sized vehicles.
The 2018 model CTS-V had a curb weight of slightly over 4,100 lbs. This actually made it around 380 lbs lighter than the comparable 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S. What makes this even more surprising is that the Mercedes was a more modern and up-to-date car, all things considered.
9 Corvette Powered
One of the best aspects of the CTS-V had to be its engine, for sure. Luckily, Cadillac left this in the hands of Corvette, who kindly provided the engine used in the Z06 of that time.
The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 gave the CTS-V a massive 640 hp, which at the time was one of the most ridiculous things done to a four-door sedan. The only American car that can match this in the current market is the Dodge Charger Hellcat.
8 Incredible Brakes
To help keep that enormous power at bay, Cadillac had to introduce some reliable and high-performance brakes capable of keeping the car under control.
The CTS-V utilized a Brembo system, as the car needed perhaps the most well-known and highest regarded manufacturer in the game. For a car with this power, hard braking situations will come, and the front 15.3-inch rotors and staggered 6-piston calipers and the rear’s 14.3-inch rotors with 4-piston calipers certainly lived up to the task.
7 Exterior Looks
Power and huge V8 aside, the Cadillac is still a luxury 4-door sedan, and this is perhaps shown best with the exterior. Although it does have its sporty touches, especially on the newer models, it still oozes class and sophistication.
Its slightly boxy frame and chrome flourishes, particularly on the front grille, give it a slightly understated look for sure. There’s something very Mercedes about it and because of this, its style and looks still hold up to today’s standards and might be a future classic for this reason.
6 Included Equipment
Speaking of options, the CTS-V came with a large selection of cool tech as standard, further enhancing the overall value for money.
The CTS-V comes with ventilated seats, forward collision alert, rear crossing traffic alert, as well as Cadillac’s infotainment system complete with sat-nav, lane departure warning, wireless phone charging, a 360-degree camera system, smartphone integration, and even a Bose sound system.
5 Sports Options
If all the tech isn’t enough to convince you that the CTS-V was great value, the optional sports features may just do the trick. These were mainly visual enhancements for the interior.
The cabin is finished with a combination of carbon fiber and Alcantara. However, you can opt for even more Alcantara if you wish for the headlining, steering wheel, and shifter. The best choice however may be in the optional Recaro bucket seats, which give the car an even sportier feel.
4 Competitive Value
Now, it should be said that for most ordinary people, the CTS-V was never exactly cheap. However, when compared to its direct competitors from the likes of BMW, Mercedes, and Audi, the CTS-V was actually good value by comparison.
At release, the 2018 base CTS-V cost around $ 86,000. The 2018 BMW M5 and 2018 E63 AMG both cost slightly over $ 103,000 each. Better still, if you chose to add all the options to your CTS-V, it would take the price up to just under that at $ 102,000 making it significantly better value than its German rivals.
3 Great Safety Features
Fortunately, Cadillac also saw it fit to include plenty of safety features in the CTS-V, too. It has many of the things we expect on current cars, as well as a few extras.
The base version comes with standard dual front, front side, side curtain airbags as well as some rear-side airbags and knee airbags for both the driver and front passenger. As for more high-tech inclusions, the CTS-V also includes safety devices including lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change alert, and forward-collision warning, which isn’t too bad for a performance vehicle.
2 Great Performance
Perhaps the area in which the CTS-V excels most of all is in its performance. This doesn’t just mean its power output either and although it does have more power than the BMW’s and Mercedes mentioned previously, it is still just as capable in the twisty areas of the track too.
The CTS-V shares the same wheelbase as the standard non-V editions of the car, however with a slightly increased track width for more grip. It also has stiffened suspension for better cornering when on track, with a few other revised elements from the non-V versions. The Cadillac also uses GM’s Magnetic Ride Control dampers to help achieve the best possible handling.
Despite all the sporty features on the CTS-V, let it not be forgotten that it is a Cadillac after all, and that means there is a certain level of quality luxury and comfort that has to be maintained throughout.
Legroom is plentiful and high-quality materials are used throughout, such as the aforementioned Alcantara. Handcrafted and hand-sewn elements are on display with decorative stitching around the cabin as well as a high-definition, 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster display.
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