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.
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).
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.