With a body designed for turning heads and a chassis built for taking corners, the CTS-V Sedan is the highest performing vehicle in Cadillac’s lineup.
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is sharply styled. Its angularity is truly eye-catching and — when paired with the V-Series black-out trim, domed hood and detailed chrome bits — adds a layer of sophistication to a car that is clearly attempting not to flex its muscles too overtly. Between the high-resolution displays and low-gloss trim, the interior is a blend of futuristic elements and subtlety, punctuated by comfortable seats wrapped in soft, semi-aniline leather. If you would rather have more bolstering, the available Recaro® seats are hard to surpass.
At the heart of the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan beats a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rated at 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful engine Cadillac has ever put into a production model and with that honor comes a pair of breathtaking statistics: zero to 60 miles per hour? 3.7 seconds. Top track speed? 200 mph. The car’s intense performance is enabled not just by the V8 engine but also by the eight-speed automatic transmission, which comes with magnesium paddle shifters and what Cadillac calls Performance Algorithmic Shifting, a fancy name for saying that the car has the ability to sense intense G forces and automatically put you in the right gear.
Straight line speed is all well and good, but a car is only as quick in the corners as its chassis can handle, and Cadillac has taken care to ensure the CTS-V Sedan can handle quite a lot. Most notable is the Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which reads the road up to 1,000 times per second and adjusts the level of damping at all four wheels accordingly. The resulting effect is that of a car that stays stiff and responsive in fast corners yet easygoing and comfortable when driving home.
Even if you never take the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan to the track, its premium comfort and luxury features ensure it doesn’t feel like a missed opportunity — though the muted growl of the engine might disagree.
This article is presented by Autoteam Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware.