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When Cadillacs Attack: Low Elapsed Times Commence
Cadillacs are mostly known for being luxurious vehicles designed to transport old people to early bird specials, or the occasional shuffleboard tournament. Historically speaking, they’ve been aimed at a more mature audience. That’s not to say they’ve always been slow. Even back in the Northstar days, those cars were relatively quick. However, when the V-series line of performance cars hit the showroom, people knew Cadillac was now serious about performance.
Of course, when you supply the public with a performance car, there is a segment of the population who will try to see how fast they can make it. No matter what kind of car it is, if it’s fast from the factory, people will massage it to make it even faster. That segment of the population congregated at Orlando Speed World (OSW) this past Saturday.
Billed as the Cadillac Attack, ATS-Vs, G8s, SS’ and Camaro ZL1s were also invited to participate, as well. If you wanted to see 9-second Caddys, and fast Camaros, OSW was the place to be. We witnessed many an eye-opening performance during the event, and at the end of the day, a Quick 16 class was arranged so he fastest Cadillacs at the event could battle it out for track supremacy. The ZL1s also faced off in a Quick 8 to find the quickest ZL1 on the property.
For some background on the CTS-V line, the car was introduced as a sedan in 2004, and featured a 5.7-liter, 400 horsepower, LS6 and a Tremec six-speed. This, in a Cadillac!!! The CTS-V was aimed at competing with the Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG, BMW M5, and the Lexus IS-F, and would run in the low 13s right out of the box. The 2004-’05 CTS-V has an LS6, but the 2006-’07 model boasted the 6.0-liter LS2 engine. The LS2 also was rated at 400 horsepower, but the extra cubic inches provided a broader torque band. The first generation CTS-V was only available as a four-door sedan.
Things became way more serious with the second generation CTS-V. The second generation CTS-V production began in the summer of 2008, and introduced as a 2009 model. The second generation V boasted a supercharged LSA engine. Cal Hartline tells us the LSA is basically an LS3 engine with a roots-style 1.9-liter supercharger. The supercharger used in the second generation V is an Eaton TVS supercharger featuring a water-to-air intercooler. The supercharger pumped out 9 pounds of boost to deliver 556 horsepower and 551 ft-lbs of torque.
The second generation V had a paddle-shift automatic transmission option to go alongside the Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual offering. With the extra horsepower, the second generation V could get through the quarter-mile in roughly 12-seconds flat. Additionally, the second generation also included a coupe and wagon beginning in 2011.
These days, the 2016 CTS-V comes in four-door sedan only, but we think the 640-horsepower, 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged engine and eight-speed automatic will keep everyone from crying about the lack of body configurations. A 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, and quarter-mile times deep into the 11s!!! What is this world coming to?! When the CTS-V was introduced back in 2004, we knew it wasn’t your grandfather’s Caddy, but this is getting a little ridiculous, and Cadillac couldn’t be happier. Performance is now a huge part of Cadillac’s game, and we get to reap the benefits.
At the 1st Annual Cadillac Attack, we saw the fruits of Cadillac’s labor.
Michael brings years of automotive writing experience to the table, with his unbridled love for late-model Mustangs and classic American iron seeping through his pores.