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Anthony Sophinos
Automotive Editor - December 8, 2017

2018 Cadillac CTS-V OVERVIEW

The Cadillac CTS-V has built its reputation on world-beating performance, and the 2018 model continues to carry the torch. This is the chariot of choice for discerning executives who don't want a blue and white roundel or three-pointed star on the hood of their super sedan.

What's New for 2018

2018 is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary year for the CTS-V, and changes are mainly relegated to a handful of new comfort and convenience options. This includes Apple Watch integration for the myCadillac mobile app, which will offer Apple Watch users the ability to execute certain orders right from their wrist. These commands include remote locking/unlocking of the doors, remote start/stop, and vehicle locate, should an owner forget where they parked. Also new is an automatic heated steering wheel.

Two additional USB ports in the rear as well as three new color choices round out the 2018 changes.

The Glacier Metallic Edition is also new and will be briefly available. It offers an exclusive shade of Glacier Metallic paint and will come with all options but the Advanced Security Package. There will only be 115 units built to commemorate Cadillac's 115 year anniversary, and each example will cost $103,885 (including destination charge and Gas Guzzler tax). To make the math work, all special editions will have been built in 2017 – 1902, not 1903, was when Cadillac first hung its shingle.

Cadillac CTS-V Front Quarter

Choosing Your Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac CTS-V

The heart of the CTS-V is a 6.2-liter V8 making 640 horsepower and 630 pounds-feet of torque, which is enough power to allow the baddest Cadillac in the business to hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 miles an hour. An eight-speed automatic transmission routs power to the rear wheels, and paddle shifters give the driver the option of shifting for themselves. All this is augmented by a highly tuned chassis, electronic limited-slip differential and magnetic shocks that provide excellent ride and handling characteristics. With its balanced mix of power and luxury, this performance sedan by Cadillac is as much at ease making mincemeat of sinuous mountain roads as it is cruising down the highway.

To put a base CTS-V in their driveway, buyers will need to pony up $88,490. This price includes a $995 destination charge and a $1000 Gas Guzzler tax, the latter due to EPA fuel economy ratings of 14 miles per gallon city, 21 highway and 17 combined.

Since the CTS-V already sits at the head of the table within the CTS family, there are no additional sub-trims and options are limited. Buyers will primarily outfit their CTS-Vs with a combination of three main packages: the Luxury Package, the Advanced Security Package, and the Carbon Fiber Package.

The $2,500 Luxury Package includes tri-zone climate control, a power rear-window sunshade, manual rear-passenger window sunshades, heated rear seats, split-folding rear seats, and a 110-volt power outlet. It also includes the Rear Camera Mirror, a full-time exterior camera offering an unencumbered view of what is behind the vehicle via an LCD display mounted where a traditional rear view mirror would otherwise be (the standard mirror also functions as such). Cadillac claims this technology increases rear visibility by about 300 percent, a figure we're inclined to believe based on experience with it in other vehicles from General Motors.

The $600 Advanced Security Package adds an elevated level of security to the CTS-V, thanks to a steering column lock, an alarm with its own dedicated power source, locking lug nuts, and laminated rear glass for superior shatter resistance. To equip the CTS-V with this melange of security features, buyers must also order the Luxury Package.

Cadillac CTS-V Front Quarter

For buyers interested in style and performance, the $6,250 Carbon Fiber Package is available. This package bedecks the CTS-V with a carbon fiber rear diffuser, front splitter, hood vent and spoiler. Both the spoiler and front splitter are also more aggressive than those found on the standard CTS-V, and increase aerodynamic downforce.

Standalone options include red or gold Brembo brake calipers for $595 and a $1,295 carbon fiber engine cover that, oddly enough, is not included in the carbon fiber package. A $1,600 Performance Data Recorder is available, which records and provides feedback about indicators such as braking points, lap times and cornering speeds so drivers can critique and improve their on-track skills. 16-way Recaro seats with suede inserts are also on the menu for those looking for better-bolstered, track-ready thrones.

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The enthusiast should splurge for the Performance Data Recorder and Recaro seats. The PDR will be invaluable in providing driving feedback for those looking to channel their inner race car driver, and the bolstered Recaros will better keep drivers in place as they strive to wring out all 640 horsepower.

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