Although some folks may flame me for this, I don't really care.
I whole heartedly think that the Cadillac CTS-V is one of the best American cars ever built, if not the best.
Equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 good for over 550 horsepower, it really helped Cadillac claim performance dominance in the class. At least that was until the Porsche Panamera reared its ugly head. That's the thing though. The Panamera costs significantly more.
For the price of a well equipped BMW M3, driver's could opt for a roomy four-door sedan that sent power to its rear wheels and could be had with a row-it-yourself gearbox. In a world where dual-clutch transmissions and technology is a novice's savior, the CTS-V was an ode to the things that made driving great years ago.
To celebrate the CTS-V and usher in the next-gen wave of V-Series products, Cadillac will be building 500 special edition CTS-V coupes.
There's no specific price yet nor is there a specific timeline for launch. In the press release below, Cadillac says look out for it during the second half of 2014.
**For MORE details, check out Cadillac's press release below!
Cadillac's press release follows:
Cadillac Celebrates V-Series with 2015 CTS-V Coupe
Special Edition the last before next-generation models arrive next year
Cadillac today announced production of a limited, special-edition 2015 CTS-V Coupe, marking the last chapter of the current model before the next generation of the V-Series debuts next year.
The 2015 CTS-V Coupe will consist of 500 limited-edition cars available during the second half of 2014.
"The V-Series continues to elevate Cadillac, providing an exclusive family of high-performance luxury models that attract a new audience of elite and passionate buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac.
The special edition CTS-V Coupe shares the high-performance technology of its predecessors built from 2010–2014 – including Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and 556-horsepower (415kW) supercharged V-8 engine.
The CTS-V Coupe is the most dramatic model in the V-Series range of high-performance luxury models, blending a personal 2+2 layout with a drivetrain vetted on Germany’s famed Nürburgring track.
The 2015 special edition version features an exclusive Ebony interior with red contrast stitching, Recaro® performance seats, metal pedals, Midnight Sapele wood trim, microfiber suede-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dark-finish V grille, satin graphite wheels and red brake calipers.
The 500 special-edition CTS-V Coupes will be produced this summer. Pricing begins at $72,195, including a $995 destination charge and $1,300 gas guzzler tax, and are available for immediate order. Exterior color options include Crystal White, Black Diamond ($995) and Phantom Gray. Buyers can opt for either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. A sunroof also is available ($700).
The next-generation V-Series models are in development and will premiere next year.
“The special edition is a stepping stone to the next-generation V-Series, which will move to the next level with more dynamic design and technical sophistication," Ellinghaus said.