Celebrating 15 Years Of The V-Series; New CT6-V &Pedestal Edition

The end of this year marks 15 years of Cadillac’s V-series sub-brand.

To commemorate the anniversary, the automaker released a short write-up on the V’s successes, with its first being a victorious emergence into the high-performance market. Before the CTS-V sedan’s unveil back in 2004, the brand was seen as a creator of only (somewhat boring) luxury vehicles – it’s come a very long way since then.

Now, Cadillac a staple in the high-performance automotive sector, a leader in the American performance market, and frankly, are just “not your grandma’s Cadillac” anymore.

Since its inception, the CTS-V has undertaken some impressive feats in the motorsports sector – from securing a win at Sebring in its first year, setting a sedan lap record at the Nürburgring, to winning four races in the Pirelli World Challenge series in CTS-V.R form. Later on came multiple iterations of the CTS: the ATS-V, the ATS-V.R, and the IMSA championship-winning DPi-V.R that is still taking home wins to this day.

In 2016, the ATS-V arrived in coupe and sedan form, holding the first-ever V6 power plant in the V sub-brand – the 464-horsepower LF4 Twin Turbo V6. Photo: Motor Authority

Since 2004, the V-Series sub brand has developed and proven Cadillac’s performance credentials on both the street and race track.

For 2019, the impressive docket of V-series vehicles continues to lengthen – with the recent announcement of the first-ever Cadillac CT6-V super sedan and an exclusive “Pedestal Edition” added to the brand’s top-of-the-line nameplates.

With the largest body to date and Cadillac’s famous ride quality, the CT6-V seems to be a more refined version of its predecessors, in my opinion. Allegedly, mostly thanks to its Magnetic Ride Control, it still embodies the V-series’ sporty driving characteristics, but with the addition of the first-ever all-wheel-drive system in a V. Under the hood, it’s housing an all-new “Blackwing” twin-turbo V8, pushing around 550 horsepower in its stock form.

…impeccable handling, linear response, and razor-sharp steering control.

The Pedestal Edition, on the other hand, will be available for the famous CTS-V and ATS-V platforms. It will feature a brand new exterior color, dubbed Bronze Sand Metallic, which will be accented with stealthy Black Chrome trim. The exterior is finished off with After Midnight-colored wheels, top-of-the-line massive red brake calipers, and a bunch of carbon fiber bits – thanks to the Carbon Fiber Package (which is now standard on every 2019 ATS-V).

The interior features all the bells and whistles that come in V-series vehicles – yes, including the RECAROs we all know and love, but now with fancy Light Wheat micro-suede inserts.

Ordering for the Pedestal Edition starts next week – with production beginning later in November. The ATS-V Pedestal Edition’s starting price will be $77,090, whereas the CTS-V will come in a little higher at $102,590.

As always, the purchase of every single 2019 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V model will include entry and all accommodations for two days at the V-Performance Driving Academy at Spring Mountain race track. As if you needed another reason to bite the bullet.

About the author

Jenna Schiebe

Jenna’s addiction to all things automotive began soon after she was introduced to the car scene at age 16. She has a special interest in imports but, at the end of the day, is a enthusiast that loves anything that goes fast.
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