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2018 Cadillac CTS-V Test Drive Review

Cadillac has been going through a bit of a resurgence with new models like the full-size CT6 sedan, ATS lineup, XT5, and the new XT4 that recently made its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show. However, Cadillac hasn’t forgotten about its most successful model — the CTS and what’s even more important is that it hasn’t forgotten about the high-performance CTS-V.

We’ve always been huge fans of the Cadillac CTS-V and its downright onslaught on opponents like the BMW M5. Well, for the 2018 model year, the Cadillac CTS-V is continuing to challenge its rivals with a sharp new exterior, an upgraded interior, and an outstanding supercharged V8 engine that pumps out an amazing 640 horsepower. Let’s see what the all-new 2018 Cadillac CTS-V has to offer.

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Test Drive Review

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Exterior

While keeping its sophisticated Cadillac appeal, the exterior of the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V has been thoughtfully redesigned while enhancing the car’s performance capability. Every exterior panel on the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V in one way or another helps reduce lift or increase cooling to the engine and brakes.

Unique elements on the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V include a lightweight carbon fiber hood that features air vents to extract hot air out of the engine and reduce lift by allowing air to be pulled out through the radiator and over the top of the car. A larger grille and larger openings in the front fascia allow more air to the engine while the front splitter improves handling by forcing air to push down on the front. There are wide fenders to accommodate the large 19-inch wheels and rocker moldings and a rear spoiler that help the aerodynamics. Buyers can also opt for the Carbon Fiber package which includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser and spoiler.

While all those traits help the over performance of the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V, they also provide a tougher and overall meaner look to the high-performance sedan.

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V sits on a wheelbase that measures 114.6-inches with an overall length of 197.6-inches. The width spreads out at 72.2-inches while the height stands at 57.2-inches.

Overall, we think the exterior of the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is remarkably well designed and looks more impressive than competitors like the BMW M5.

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Test Drive Review

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Interior

Take a seat inside and you’ll be welcomed by the familiar interior of the new Cadillac CTS – however, every element has a new level of uniqueness to remind you that this isn’t just any ordinary CTS.

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V comes standard with 20-way heated and ventilated front sports seats with microfiber inserts leather. Buyers can opt for upgraded RECARO racing seats that provide additional support. You’ll also notice other elements like decorative stitching and an optional suede steering wheel and shift knob.

Standard interior features on the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V include keyless entry with push-button start, remote start, heated and cooled seats, a thirteen-speaker Bose sound system, a 12.3-inch driver display, heads-up display, wireless smartphone charging, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, USB outputs, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, navigation, OnStar 4G LTE with a WiFi hotspot, and much more. There is also a Performance Data Recorder that allows you to record and playback your track lap with all the information you need to improve your next track run.

Dimensions wise, the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V has 45.7-inches of front legroom and 35.4-inches of rear legroom. Both front and rear passengers will be rather comfortable during a long drive but keep in mind you will be riding in a car with a stiffer suspension.

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Test Drive Review

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Performance

Let’s get right to it. The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces a total of 640 horsepower with a maximum torque of 630 lb-ft. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the CTS-V can run from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 3.7 seconds with a top speed that goes all the way to 200 mph. Stopping power comes from a Brembo braking system with 15.3-inch-diameter front rotors with six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diameter rear rotors with four-piston calipers.

Other performance-enhancing features include Cadillac’s signature Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Track Management, a shock tower-to-tower brace, V-braces for the engine compartment, strengthened rocker bulkhead, an aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis, and upper tie bar-to-rear bumper braces. Drivers can also pick through a range of drive modes including Tour, Sport, Track, and Snow.

Of course, a person who buys the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V isn’t really concerned with fuel economy but if you were hoping to conserve money at the pump we’ll just let you know that the CTS averages an EPA-rated fuel economy of 14/21 mpg* (city/highway).

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Test Drive Review

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Safety

Along with the range of standard safety features, the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V can also be had with a range of optional driver assist technologies including front curb-view camera system, automatic parking assist, blind zone alert, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert.


The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V, in our opinion, is still one of the best high-performance sedans on the market. Prices for the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V state at $86,495**. If you’re looking for cars like the BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan, make sure you give the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V a spin at your local AutoNation Cadillac dealer.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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