In an effort to take advantage of the CTS popularity, Cadillac decided to build a high-performance version of the midsize sedan. Called as a V-Series, it’s meant to be high performance, tight handling, all-around track-tuned performers and compete with luxury European brands such as BMW M series and Mercedes-Benz AMG.
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is the high-performance version of the CTS midsize sedan. There’s only one well-equipped trim level available.
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V uses a retuned version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine from the Corvette Z06. It produces 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels via an electronic limited-slip differential. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow manual shifting of the transmission. There are four drive modes: Sport, Tour, Snow and Track, which adjust the amount of suspension, transmission, accelerator, steering response. Track mode itself offers five levels of traction control, allowing drivers to test their skill and courage.
In track testing, the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V hit 60 mph from zero in just 4.1 seconds, which is an impressive result for a car with respectable 17 mpg combined (14 city/21 highway), according to the EPA.