Cadillac’s many ferocious performance sedan, essentially a four-door Corvette Z06. The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V uses a 640-hp version of General Engines’LT4, a supercharged and intercooled 6.2-liter V-8, used with an eight-speed automatic that routes torque exclusively to the rear wheels. Cadillac presented that next generation of its track-ready CTS version for the 2016 model year.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Exterior and Price
For 2018, the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V has a base price of $88,490, which includes a $1000 gas-guzzler tax. Our test car came with $15,445 in extra gear, bringing the total to $102,935. The following appeared on our CTS-V’s screen sticker: Recaro sport seats ($2300), the Luxury package that includes the rear camera mirror from the CT6 ($2500), a Performance Knowledge and Video Camera lent from the Corvette ($1600), 19-inch aluminum wheels painted a shade named Following Night ($900), gold brake calipers ($595), and a microfiber suede controls and change penis ($300).
But the most expensive object on the options record was the $6250 Carbon Fiber package, presented for 2017. It provides an exposed carbon-fiber splitter, hood vent, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser to go along with the car’s normal (painted) carbon-fiber hood. While you might believe this could slash the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V’s restrain weight such as an exposed side pulls blood from an errant finger, that’s perhaps not so. At 4168 pounds, our 2018 test car was actually 39 pounds heavier than the last CTS-V we tested, a 2016 model.
Once we noticed that Cadillac had included Apple Watch integration for 2018, we jumped at the opportunity to get the latest and greatest model back for still another go-round. Put simply, this is the sort of car that we’ll use any and every explanation to wheel.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Engine
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V made related benefits at the track to the last one we tested. We found slightly increased numbers in roadholding and braking, where the latest CTS-V drawn 1.01 h on the skidpad and stopped from 70 mph in 148 feet. The 2016’s numbers were 0.98 h and 149 feet. Now we maintained zero to 60 mph in mere 3.8 seconds—two-tenths slower than the previous CTS-V, a deficit that moved through the quarter-mile, which it protected in 12.0 moments smooth at 121 mph.
And that’s the thing about the rear-drive 2018 Cadillac CTS-V—unlike its all-wheel-drive competitors, getting all that power down is not a trivial exercise.
Everything about operating that car is a joy. From the way it knifes in to sides to the way their butt sneakers out when you get right back on the throttle, the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is happy to deliver whatever thrills you ask of it. It operates as a tool of clinical precision as well as a tire-smoking, moving hooligan. Also, burnouts. Thanks to their magnetorheological dampers, the CTS-V’s chassis is possessed of superb body control however trips pleasantly enough on rough roads to operate a vehicle every day. We love the Recaro seats, while they are able to start to feel a bit restricted when the driving jobs turn to errands and dropping the kids down at school. And from the outside, that third-generation CTS-V is still pushing the design envelope as much as the original CTS did back in 2002.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Interior
Did we note that Cadillac claims the car goes 200 mph? We would if we possessed it, fully and often. Although that number is unverified by people, Cadillac says the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is faster than any competitor, including Porsche’s Panamera Turbo. Since why do you buy a car like this if not in some small evaluate for bragging rights? Undoubtedly not only to pair together with your watch.
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is thirsty like a drunk on the second day of rehab. We found just 11 mpg throughout our time with the car, well below their EPA combined estimate of 17 mpg. Despite having its interior entirely covered in fake suede, the CTS-V is just as miserable to look at inside as the normal CTS, which prices less than half the sticker price of that one. And their right back seat is short on legroom, specially on the passenger part where a hump for the fuel container encroaches into the footwell. Of course, no list of grumbles with a Cadillac will be total without mentioning the CUE infotainment system, which still torments drivers having its annoying capacitive-touch controls—while less therefore since Android Auto and Apple CarPlay help was added.