It has been exactly one year since we drove the Cadillac CTS from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, and I still remember the article and the luxurious driving sensation as if it was yesterday; the deluxe on the inside, the beauty on the outside, and the super comfort of this luxury sedan by General Motors as it took us on a self-driven cruise from the city of dreams to the capital of the UAE.
The CTS was pearl white and had the most stunning luxurious exterior and interior, powered by a 2.0L Turbocharged engine. Well all of this is about to change, as today we are test driving the CTS in its “V” edition. If you think that the CTS has anything to do with the CTS-V, you are way off track, and to prove it, we took the CTS-V on the same cruise as we did with the CTS… Wow, what a rush!
Our day started as I was at the hotel lobby in Dubai, waiting for the guys from General Motors to drop the beast off for a few days test drive. I did my homework on this car and knew that I would be impressed, so I prepared myself to come face to face with a vehicle like no-other. Finally, I got a call from the driver telling me that in a few seconds he would be outside the hotel to drop the car, but I already knew that he had arrived, as I could hear the roaring sound of that beast, even from inside the hotel.
As I reached the hotel parking lot, the Cadillac CTS-V was parked and ready for delivery. The guy from General Motors was giving me the tour, and all I was hearing in my head was the echoes of the Imperial March from Star Wars, the perfect music for a spaceship like no other.
I went daydreaming as my mind indulged itself with a higher state of consciousness, admiring the exceptional beauty of this pearl white Caddy CTS-V; only General Motors’ Cadillac engineers can produce a car with a unique design that is at the same time luxurious and has that traits of a beast.
It all starts with the aggressive front design, V shaped hood with a Carbon-fiber hood vent needed to air the heart of this beast, flowing all the way down to a large sporty grill like no other and connected to wider front fenders. Our V was also equipped with the optional carbon fiber upgrade package offering a longer carbon front splitter, a taller carbon spoiler, and a carbon rear diffuser for a more aggressive and sporty look. On top of that, one couldn’t but notice the functional fender vents, the functional double twin exhaust tailpipes, the 19” alloy wheels, and the lower stance, giving the CTS-V the muscular shape it needs to make you think twice about racing this factory-tuned street racer luxury sedan once it flashes in your rear view mirror.
Then, just like a morning alarm clock, the pen click of the General Motors driver signing off on delivery woke me up from my daydream and placed me in the front wheel of the V. The interior of this Cadillac is as it should be. Cadillac never ceases to impress its lovers with a sophisticated and sporty, yet luxurious, interior cabinet made out of the finest materials from leather and suede-like microfiber. The layout is driver-oriented with all the instruments and controls placed at the driver’s fingertips. I personally fell in love with the digital dashboard featuring the “V” emblem, reminding you that this is a racecar made for roads. The technology used in the CUE infotainment system includes the front Cadillac performance seats and mostly the new curb-view video system that uses two downward-facing cameras to help drivers avoid scratching the lower lip on curb bumps.
Keys in hand, ignition on, and what a rush!
Although still parked, just hearing the roaring sound of that beast made me shiver all over. It was then when I realized how much trouble I’m in. I hit the road, heading towards Abu Dhabi for an enjoyable trip, and the V Badge proved to be not just a badge for show. Equipped with the almighty Z06 Corvette super LT4 engine, with minor modifications, this Super Sedan has all what is takes to rip the tarmac off the roads. The LT4 is a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, with 640 HP and 882 N/m of torque, paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission designed by General Motors, leading to an exhilarating acceleration of 0-100 Km/h in just under 3.7 seconds and a top speed of more than 320 Km/h, making the CTS-V one of the fastest luxury sedans on the road.
The Cadillac CTS-V is a not a racecar, it is a very well crafted luxurious mean machine made for daily drives and it acts like it. Despite what people may think, the car performs superbly on the highway and has a very quiet cabinet for that luxurious cruising sensation. It is also characterized by a cylinder deactivation system that shuts down half of the cylinders in cruising mode. However, the power is there when you need it for a quick overtake.
As we reached our destination in Abu Dhabi, the 200+ Km highway didn’t quite cut it for us. The public roads are no place to push this car to its limits; however. it is always fun to try.
The CTS-V has 4 driving modes and it had to be tested, unfortunately we couldn’t use the track mode as we should but we came pretty close once we reached that empty parking lot.
Equipped with the latest driving technologies, the Cadillac CTS-V is a killer machine with a perfect precision tool. The handling was awesome; it loses control when it needs to and gains it back in perfection. All systems came into play that day: Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Performance Traction Management (PTM) system, Electronically Controlled Rear Differential, and so much more.
The sun has set and the day was over as we headed down to our Abu Dhabi Hotel to get some rest after a long day of driving and fun. I personally crashed immediately, as I couldn’t wait for the next morning to hear that roaring sound of the ignition start once more. Speaking of that, and I know lots of guys will agree with me on this, the exhaust sound is as awesome as it is forceful. However, your neighbors may think otherwise when you leave the driveway at 6 a.m. So you might consider starting the car in tour mode, which keeps the muffler-bypass valves closed to quiet the growl until you are clear to go.
Finally, I can truly say that the Cadillac CTS-V is a combination of a beauty and a beast, in one racetrack-capable luxury sedan.