Happy 115th Caddy: The 2018 CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition

Since it’s inception in 1902 and subsequent inclusion by the General in 1909, Cadillac has been at the forefront of American automotive design, power and technology. Soon after eclipsing a century in business in 2004, the luxury carmaker began a new era, one dominated by its ultra high-performance V-Series models.

Shattering what had unfortunately become a stodgy reputation, Corvette power and performance was the main ingredient in the V car’s repertoire. The first iteration built from 2004-’07 on GMs Sigma platform was initially fitted with the C5 ZO6’s 5.7-liter LS6 motor with 400-hp. For 2006-’07, the new C6’s 6.0-liter LS2 making the same power became standard issue with both engines wielded by a Tremec T56 six-speed, only.

For 2009-’15, the second coming of the CTS-V upped the ante considerably, now powered by a supercharged 6.2L LSA V8. Similar to the C6 ZR1s LS9, but with a smaller blower and devoid of titanium internals, the new Sigma II-platformed V-Caddy put down 556-hp through its magnetic ride control shocks and could now be ordered with a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. For model year 2011, a CTS-V coupe and get this, a station wagon, followed-suit, creating Caddy’s trifecta of V-power. If the first CTS-Vs didn’t raise eyebrows in the Benz and Bimmer camps, its visceral encore certainly garnered “Achtung”.

Enter 2016 and Cadillac unleashes its third version of the CTS-V “Super Sedan”- the most powerful Caddy ever built. Now sporting a slightly detuned 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine, shared with the C7 Z06 and later sixth-gen Camaro ZL1, the new mill pumps out 640-hp/630-lb-ft and is capable of launching the over two-ton Caddy to 60-mph in under 4-seconds and through the traps in 12-flat on it’s way to 200-mph. Few would argue, that although the war with Germany’s best still continues, Cadillac’s new V weapon has definitely turned the tide, perhaps indefinitely.

Now, in commemoration and celebration of 115 years of production, Cadillac is offering a limited run of 2018 Glacier Metallic Edition (GME) CTS-Vs, just one for each year of Caddy’s existence. Deriving it’s name from the 115-unit exclusive exterior hue, which Cadillac describes as a ”smoky, light gray color’ that’s just the icing on a delicious cake.”

On top of the CTS-Vs array of standard equipment, additional exterior details include specific 19-inch V-series forged alloy wheels with polished spokes and Midnight Silver-painted inner pockets, unique, dark red-colored Brembo brake calipers and illuminated door handles. All GME CTS-Vs also receive the Carbon Fiber Package as standard, which includes a front splitter, rear diffuser and hood vent made from the lightweight race-derived material.

Inside the cockpit, luxury and technology abound with just about all optional CTS-V features part of the GME package. This includes black RECARO performance seats, the UltraView sunroof, Performance Data and Video Recorder and Caddy’s groundbreaking Rear Camera Mirror and next-gen (CUE) Cadillac User Experience infotainment system. Finishing off the included Luxury Package goodies are tri-zone climate controls, rear side window sunshades, split-folding rear seats with arm rests and heated outboard positions and a110-volt AC outlet.

MSRP for the Glacier Metallic Edition CTS-V is $103,885, roughly $17k more than a regular CTS-V. Taking into consideration the multitude of equipment, one of 115-made rarity, the exclusive color and the fact that it’s a darn CTS-V- Cadillac’s ultimate machine is an awesome and fitting birthday gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

Andrew Nussbaum

Pontiac possessed by Smokey and the Bandit at 6 years old, and cultivated through the '80s by GTAs, IROCS and Grand Nationals, Andrew hails from Queens NY and has been writing freelance for ten years.
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