Everybody enjoys winning. In 2017 the Cadillac brand had just started cutting apexes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with its all-new Cadillac V-Performance Dpi-V.R prototype race car. The all-new Cadillac race car dominated the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and secured the Manufacturer’s Championship by winning seven of the 10 races, including the “36 Hours of Florida” which includes wins of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Twelve Hours of Sebring early in the season.
The following year, Cadillac rightfully celebrated such a stellar year’s outcome with two specially-prepped, street-going cars that not only touted the race car’s winning streak, but also stood as a pinnacle of performance for most anything with a license plate. For 2018, Cadillac announced a special limited run of “Championship Edition” cars for all three of its ultra-high-performance models – the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V coupe and sedan, and the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V super sedan.
Celebrating With Stripes & Supercharging
When it came time to sound the bells about Caddy’s winning season, it would obviously take more than slapping a few celebratory stickers onto a production vehicle as it slowly travelled down the assembly line. To impart a status which the car deservered, Cadillac started by making sure the car performed on the street with the same dominating level the race car exhibited on track.
That began by adding the supercharged 6.2L LT4 engine under the hood – so adorned with the requisite “2017 Championship Edition” tagging and a tasteful carbon fiber hood vent – which brings 640 horsepower to the four-door luxo-racer. Those are some impressive street numbers when you consider that the 6.2L race engine in the Dpi-V.R prototype only managed “around 600” horsepower and it dominated all competitors on track.
Behind that super-smooth, supercharged V-8 is an eight-speed transmission that keeps the car’s acceleration well within the torque band of the engine. The performance duo would push one of the 2017 Championship Editions from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, and if you could stay in it long enough, a quarter-mile would become history in 11.6 seconds.
The Championship Editions of the ATS-V and CTS-V super was available in Black Raven or Crystal White Tricoat exterior paint with Cadillac V-Performance graphics located on the car’s hood and rear spoiler. Red Obsession side-view mirror caps and DPi-V.R graphics on the quarter windows rounded out tagging the lick-em, stick-em celebrations. The car’s Championship Edition badging can be deceptive, as the car is actually a 2018 model that celebrates the 2017 winning season. Understandably, Caddy couldn’t ring their own bell about winning the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team, and Endurance Championships until after the season was over.
The Inside Party
While these Championship Editions can surely brawl with the best street fighters, they also wear a fitted suit quite well. Upholstered in a Morello Red interior detail package which includes Jet Black RECARO® race-inspired seats, red front, and rear door armrests, and Morello-accented high-gloss carbon-fiber interior trim, there is a lot going on inside the cabin. The smell of fine leather mixes well with the modern, electronic capabilities of the Performance Data Recorder with Cosworth Toolbox, sunroof, the industry-leading Rear Camera Mirror, and next-generation Cadillac user experience. That next-gen user experience gives you connectivity to your cellphone for ease of use and communications and traffic reports that rival even those of the race teams who served as the inspiration for these cars.
Beyond all the coms, there are also many accouterments expected when considering a Cadillac. This car features Cadillac’s Tri-zone climate control, heated rear outboard seating positions, power rear-window sunshade, manual rear side-window sunshades, and a 110-volt power receptacle, just in case you need to use a hairdryer instead of opening that Ultra-View sunroof.
The dash of the 2018 Caddy is a blend of buttons and dash displays which affords customizing displays to your liking and providing tactile inputs for both virtual, and actual responses. Just beyond the sueded microfiber steering wheel and shifter (paddles included), there are enough command buttons throughout the cockpit to satisfy the most committed driving enthusiast. Because it’s all wrapped up in a Cadillac package, it is served up in a tasteful, reserved manner, but don’t let that fool you.
When viewing from the outside, a little splash on the surface is always nice to get noticed, but if it’s performance you’re after, there has to be more than just on the surface. The Championship Editions have the requisite eye-candy, but also utilize the go-fast goods to back it up. Beyond the special edition’s two-color offerings, the Championship Edition Caddys came with lightweight carbon fiber bits such as a carbon fiber front splitter, hood vent, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser.
This particular vehicle was also adorned with a Corsa Performance Xtreme 2 ¾-inch axle-back exhaust. Does the exhaust help performance? With over 600 horsepower already and that distinctively Corsa growl, who cares! Click HERE to hear all those horses work their way through those four-inch tips.
Deep within those 18-inch “V-series” wheels coated in Polished Alloy with Midnight Painted pockets resides a set of Brembo red brake calipers to help keep those 640 ponies in check. Michelin rubber does its best to keep the car connected to the road when the tall, skinny pedal is exercised. Which is exactly what we did.
Driving Like A Champion
When Dream Giveaways’ Chris Phillip tossed us the key fob and said, “Wanna take it for a spin?” he didn’t have to ask twice. The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Championship Edition uses the same engine as found in the C7’s Z06 Corvette and the engine’s smooth transition of power makes it a perfect match for the Cadillac. As mentioned, it churns out 640 horsepower, but what may surprise many is how smooth it actually delivers each one of those horses. The introduction of power is so linear, you’d swear the car is serving up each one of those ponies individually. Of course, if you stomp the pedal, it’ll make all 600-plus of them kick you in the pants and you’d best hold on! The eight-speed transmission selects the appropriate torque multiplication quite adequately and allows for driver input via the steering wheel located paddle shifters. It also interprets your wishes quite well when submitted through the gas pedal also.
We’ve driven high-horsepower muscle cars and performance-minded sports cars quite regularly, and while each one has its focus of operation, cars such as the Cadillac CTS-V Championship Edition somehow blur the line between them. It has all the creature comforts you’d expect from a vehicle bearing the Cadillac Crest but also brings all the performance and tuning that has afforded the Cadillac Racing team such success. Somehow, you get to enjoy both ends of the spectrum and can seamlessly slide from one end of the spectrum to the other with ease.
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