RACER #296: V XV

RACER #296: V XV

Track capable. Road ready. For 15 years, Cadillac’s V-Series has delivered on that mantra with a range of high-performance models that are formidable on the track, exhilirating and involving on the daily drive and, of course, stylish and luxurious.

In 2004, the first-ever CTS-V sedan added a new formula for high performance to the Cadillac catalog, putting the world on notice that the then-102-year-old luxury brand would serve enthusiastic drivers through authentic engineering and design.

Cadillac introduced the ATS-V coupe and sedan in 2015. Like the CTS-V, they raised the bar for performance and design, all seamlessly blended with Cadillac’s craftsmanship and luxurious attention to detail.

At the heart of the CTS-V is a supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 640hp and 630lb-ft of torque. Capable of 200mph on the track, with a 0-60mph time of just 3.7sec, the CTS-V’s Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management ensure its mind-warping performance is matched by its incredible poise and handling.

The light and nimble ATS-V brought a V6 engine and turbocharging to the V-Series lineup. The 3.6-liter, twin-turbo powerplant produces 464hp and 445lb-ft of torque, and the ATS-V makes the most of it with lightning-fast handling, a 189mph top speed on the track and superb stopping performance, courtesy of Brembo performance brakes.

The performance DNA in every V-Series car is shared with the DPi-V.R racecar that’s dominated the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship since 2017, so it’s no surprise that the guys racing and winning for Cadillac on the race track choose a V-Series for the road.

“I drive an ATS-V every day of the week,” says 2018 drivers’ champion Eric Curran. “I’ve owned two, and I love what they deliver. They’re fast, sporty and fun. There’s amazing power with the twin-turbo V6 and superb handling, and it’s so comfortable, too.”

After 15 years of luxury high performance, Cadillac’s V-Series is poised for the next exciting chapter. Rest assured that “track capable” and “road ready” will remain front and center.

V-Series Milestones:

• 2004: First CTS-V sedan adds a new formula for high performance to Cadillac’s lineup.

• 2004: On the track, the CTS-V is a race winner in its Speed World Challenge debut (ABOVE).

• 2008: 556hp second-gen CTS-V sets a sedan lap record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

• 2012-’14: CTS-V.R racecar (ABOVE) delivers three Pirelli World Challenge drivers’ titles.

• 2015: The ATS-V arrives as a coupe and sedan with the first V-Series V6 powerplant.

• 2015: ATS-V.R Coupe racecar (ABOVE) earns Cadillac a PWC drivers’ title in its debut season.

• 2017: Cadillac’s DPi-V.R prototype sports car makes its winning debut in IMSA racing.

• 2018: The V-Series expands to three models with the soon-to-be-on-sale 2019 CT6-V.