Cadillacs have long been a symbol of reward. For more than a decade, Cadillac V-Series drivers have been rewarded with dual-purpose luxury performers: sophisticated luxury cars on the road with true track capability right from the factory. And now, the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V super sedan and 2017 Cadillac ATS-V sedan and coupe are the most capable V-Series ever.
The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V super sedan is the third generation of the acclaimed luxury high-performance sedan that launched the brand’s elite V-Series a decade ago and helped redefine Cadillac for a new generation of drivers. After a sold-out 2016 model year, the Cadillac CTS-V returns for the 2017 model year to a four-month-long waiting list of orders.
Powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine SAE-certified at 640 horsepower (477kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm), the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V is the most powerful production Cadillac ever. With more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4-liter TwinPower (twin-turbo) V-8, the CTS-V is capable of 0-60 mph sprints in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. The only thing this 200 mph super sedan cannot keep up with is demand. The Cadillac ATS-V coupe and sedan are powered by the Cadillac twin-turbo V-6 engine, rated at an SAE-certified 464 horsepower (346 kW) and 445
The Cadillac ATS-V coupe and sedan are powered by the Cadillac twin-turbo V-6 engine, rated at an SAE-certified 464 horsepower (346 kW) and 445 lb ft of torque (601 Nm)– a variant of the same engine powers the championship-winning 2016 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe Pirelli World Challenge race car. The combination of engine output and lightweight, yet strong, structure allows for 0-60 mph runs in 3.8 seconds and a segment-best top speed of 189 mph. That’s quicker and faster than the second generation Cadillac CTS-V.
“Experience to develop a fast car that inspires confidence,” said Tony Roma, V-Series Chief Engineer. “The V-Series models feel planted while retaining the fun-to-drive quality, allowing the driver to feel comfortable exploring the performance.” Roma, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Masters degree in Engineering from Purdue, has been involved with every V-Series product. He traveled with the Pirelli World Challenge championship-winning Cadillac Racing team for the first two seasons as the powertrain team manager. After working with the race program, Roma spent three years as the Senior Manager for the High-Performance Vehicle Operations group, where he was able to apply Cadillac Racing technology to the V-Series street cars.
The foundation of the Cadillac V-Series is the same award-winning rear-wheel drive architecture underpinning the ATS sedan and coupe and the CTS sedan. All rear-wheel-drive Cadillacs have some level of track capability; however, the Cadillac V-Series incorporates unique performance elements, components from world-class performance automotive suppliers and segment-leading, company-exclusive technology. The Cadillac ATS-V is available as either a sedan or coupe with a choice of a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission
with No-Lift shifting and Active Rev Match on downshifts. The Cadillac CTS-V comes as a sedan model with a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission. Both vehicles have standard Launch Control.
Almost every exterior panel on the Cadillac V-Series is unique – from the fascias and front fenders to the carbon-fiber hoods, rear spoilers and rocker moldings, and every panel was designed to support the cars’ capabilities, contributing to lifting reduction, enhanced cooling, and improved aero management. An available carbon fiber package takes aero performance and dramatic styling to higher levels. Lightweight, forged alloy wheels – 18-inch on the ATS-V and 19-inch on the CTS-V – wrapped with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer-only tires enable nearly 1g in lateral acceleration. A Brembo brake system provides durability, consistency, and the capability for all-day track performance. The brakes were designed specifically for the V-Series and are patterned after the brake system on the Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe race car. Segment-best, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) damping and segment-exclusive Performance Traction Management (PTM) software are standard on the Cadillac V-Series and deliver greater body motion control at high speeds for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality. Magnetic Ride Control “reads” the road a thousand times per second, sending data to magnetorheological fluid-filled dampers that can independently control the damping characteristics of all four dampers. In fact, at 60 mph, the third-generation Magnetic Ride Control system calculates the optimal damping force for every inch of the road.
Performance Traction Management software was derived from the Cadillac Racing program for the V-Series and implements appropriate measures of electronic assistance, matched for driver skill or road condition, according to a real-time algorithm. Five driver-selectable modes specifically for the track – Wet, Dry, Sport 1, Sport 2 and Race – provide progressive levels of electronic assistance, adjusting traction and stability controls. The standard electronic limited-slip differential translates the PTM software to optimal traction and enables maximum corner exit acceleration.
“Our systems are all integrated, which means the ABS, eLSD, ESC, magnetic dampers, steering, and powertrain on a V-Series vehicle work together,” said Roma. “Our ‘driver command interpreter’ real-time algorithm is trying to predict what the driver is really asking the car to do. It’s intelligent in the sense that it makes predictions about factors, such as traction or driver intention based on the inputs the car receives and past driving trends. All of the vehicle’s controls then work in concert accordingly to maximize performance.” Roma said PTM helps with lap-time consistency, regardless of skill. “An extremely experienced driver might get a few faster laps in a session with everything off, but PTM will help all the laps be fast,” said Roma. “The different driving modes make the car comfortable for basically any level of driver skill. Feedback from drivers and owners has been awesome so far.”
The Cadillac V-Series dual-purpose capabilities carry over to the interior, which is focused expressly on performance-driving ergonomics. Available 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance front seats are the lynchpins for the driving experience, with aggressive, adjustable bolsters that help hold the driver and front passenger in place during high-load cornering. Twenty-way-adjustable, semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats with sueded microfiber inserts are standard. An available sueded microfiber steering wheel and shift knob complement the seating.
In addition to being some of the fastest high-dynamic vehicles, the Cadillac V-Series are also some of the most connected. The enhanced Cadillac CUE infotainment system is the centerpiece of the V-Series’ comprehensive collection of technologies, including standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto advanced smartphone integration and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Bose Premium audio with Active Noise Cancellation technology is standard. The available Performance Data Recorder (PDR) enables drivers to record, view and analyze driving experiences by capturing real-time video, cabin audio and performance data. The system – which features an HD camera and performance data acquisition hardware – is controlled via Cadillac CUE’s color touch screen. Recordings can be reviewed on the screen when the vehicle is parked or saved to an SD card to view or share from another device.
PDR data can be analyzed using Cosworth Toolbox, a free suite of analysis software developed from racing analysis software and designed for use
with the PDR in the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and Sedan and the Cadillac CTS-V super sedan. V-Series owners can use Cosworth Toolbox to review laps to quickly improve performance such as braking points, accelerating points, driving lines and corner speeds.