2018 Cadillac CTS-V Review , Specs and Release Date-The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V scorches mother nature, and leaves the E63 and RS7 with burn marks.
When it launched its first CTS-V, Cadillac put some big names on notice. That it was taking aim on a number of the best-known performance sedans while in the world.
This time, they’ve hit the mark. The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V has rivers of power and torque, near-flawless handling, together with a big dose of technology and refinement. It’s vaulted its distance to the the top of ranks occupied by cars like the E63 AMG, the M5, along with the RS7.
To the 2018 model year, the CTS-V adds a computerized heated steering wheel and new shades of blue and gray.
We offer the CTS-V a 7.8 of 10 on our overall scale that doesn’t prioritize speed over everything else—it would be an 11 if that were the case.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Styling
Looking sharp to use tightly fitted suit, the Cadillac CTS-V puts on some sinister finishing touches.
Together with the CTS-V, Cadillac goes from business suit to be able to suit, effortlessly. We perform an 8 of 10 for styling.
There’s real muscle under its steam-pressed sheet metal. The CTS already looks avant-garde to use angularity; the V-Series model turns it sinister with blacked-out trim, a domed hood, and wide tires that appear to be like they might need other area code.
The cockpit plays right along your lap-leading theme, both futuristic and subdued having its low-gloss trim and high-resolution displays. The seats get huge bolsters swaddled in soft, subtly treated leather and faux suede. Want more bolstering? The Recaro-designed seats around the option list should do. They’re a number of the finest thrones any supersedan has borne.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Performance
The Cadillac CTS-V tosses off effortless high-speed performance that’s not high-strung.
Design isn’t the CTS-V’s calling card. Performance is. Believe it or not, performance even drives operate looks.
The CTS-V’s rapidly beating heart can be a transplant out of your Chevy Corvette. It’s really a version for the Z06’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. It’s really a superstar on loan, a bed that only needed a number of changes to easily fit in the Cadillac’s smaller engine bay (a reshaped oil pan, for one).
We perform a 10 of 10 for performance because needless to say we do.
It’s welcome with open fenders. The CTS-V screams using 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, catapulting it to 60 mph from a scorched-earth 3.7 seconds. Top speed pegs the needle at 200 mph; test away on your own private runway, appears to be the challenge.
A beefy, quick-shifting 8-speed automatic handles all the shifts. This in-house piece that also gets stuffed on the Z06, however Cadillac doesn’t sit at the spine in the form of transaxle. It couples to the rear of the longitudinally mounted engine. With full manual operation, the 8-speed paddles with the avalanche of torque with nothing but smooth moves. For you to ask: no, there is not any manual.
The shock wave of power that hits the rear wheels requires some upgraded suspension hardware. The CTS-V gets a 20-percent stiffness boost through shock-tower bracing, a stronger bulkhead, and V-shaped underhood braces. It also wears Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on staggered wheels (9.5 inches wide in-front, 10.5 inches in back), all in the category of gripping at almost 1g of lateral acceleration. Those semi-exotic tires offer the CTS-V its stunning grip, and your gradual breakaway at its limits.
Power steering from ZF can be a revelation here, with especially good feedback that’s a consequence of a stiffer steering rack.
The CTS-V assembles every one of these upgrades in to a cohesive, utterly composed unit. From race tracks to winding roads, it’s as fluent in German as being an E63 is during American-style horsepower. It’s easygoing and luxurious when it really wants to be, merit to third-generation adaptive magnetic dampers, double-pivot front struts together with a five-link rear end–and stiff and flat in corners where it requires to be.
You may never hit the 200-mph top quality, however aerodynamic add-ons to the CTS-V stick it to the ground better at any speed. A lighter carbon-fiber hood, a front splitter, and new bumpers feed air into and around it more smoothly. Those massive tires fit under stretched fenders, and the rear spoiler and rockers happen to be reshaped to wrap air in the car.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Comfort & Quality
Back-seat room is that way while in the CTS: just roomy enough.
See our 2018 Cadillac CTS review for discussion in the CTS-V’s passenger cabin.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Safety
The IIHS doesn’t think the majority of the CTS-V’s crash protection.
The CTS-V shares its body while using standard CTS, so crash-test information is the same.
It is not entirely good. The NHTSA provides each CTS sedan five stars overall, and five stars in most category. However, the IIHS comes with a “Marginal” rating for small-overlap front crash protection. Meaning no Top Safety Pick designation by any means due to this sedan.
We have a 7 for safety.
Other safety gear and these are carried over through the CTS. A notable omission: automatic emergency braking.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Features
Track times along with a rear-mirror camera allow the CTS-V a high-tech luster.
The CTS-V has each of the lavish luxury touches in the CTS sedan, and several lovely performance grace notes. We have a 9 due to the features.
Those features are the CUE interface, which may read tablet-style gestures to manipulate navigation, audio, phone, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay software. CUE still vexes us with sometimes laggy performance and overly sensitive screens, as well as an update isn’t due in this car for another year.
OnStar will come in the CTS-V bundled with hardware to pipe LTE data into the car, as well as spread a radio hotspot around it. Wireless smartphone charging is an option, but only some phones are compatible.
The CTS-V has two trick features. One’s on loan through the Corvette: a Performance Data Recorder that records HD video of track laps and overlays it with lap times and also other data. The other is actually a rear-mirror camera. It captures HD video to the spine of the car and displays it about the rearview mirror, to reduce blind spots. The mirror can be not power on and can be used as the standard mirror.
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Fuel Economy
Gasoline consumption isn’t the key reason why anyone buys a CTS-V.
Don’t look for the CTS-V to guide your Earth Day parade. The EPA rates it at 14 mpg city, 21 highway, 17 combined. That puts it in the 5 away from 10 on our green scale