The CTS-V coupe race car, the latest evolution of the Cadillac CTS, was tested at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on January 17. Drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim did the test run. The problem is that the company didn’t reveal how the car performed, which is unusual and seems to indicate that General Motors has something to hide.
The model is actually being prepared to join the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT, which kicks off on March 25 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac, said that getting back to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a “great way“ to showcase the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe.
He added that as the race cars in this series are production based, the company is able to validate its performance against its rivals on the track. At the North American International Auto Show, the CTS-V Coupe impressed a lot of people. The model is powered by a supercharged 6.2l V8 engine that delivers 556hp.
Unlike that of the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Sedan, the rear track of the CTS-V Coupe is wider by one inch. As a result, the CTS-V Coupe gets improved handling capability and that aggressive stance. The latest version of the CTS-V Sport Sedan though managed to become the highest performing luxury sedan in the world.
It became the first four-door production car running on street tires to smash the celebrated 8-minute barrier at Nürburgring in Germany. With a lower mass and a smoother shape, it is guaranteed that the V-Series Coupe will display this same level of high performance.
The interior of this 2+2 cabin meanwhile mixes luxury with performance. A new addition is the Saffron interior trim color which contrasts with the microfiber seat stitching and inserts of the upper trim areas. The CTS-V Coupe has a design that showcases the visual statement of its performance intent and its technical precision.
While the wheelbase of the CTS-V Coupe is the same as that of the CTS-V Sport Sedan, the overall height and length of the Coupe are lower by two inches (51 mm). Other similarities between the Coupe and the Sedan are with the front fenders, grille, headlamps, console, and instrument panel.
Other important design features of the CTS-V Coupe related to the classic hardtop styling. Furthermore, it doesn’t have the typical B-pillar and its signature vertical lighting is highlighted with LED light pipes. Then there is the signature high-mounted center stop lamp which also works as a rear spoiler.
The use of touch-pad for its doors eliminates the need for standard door handles. With a 62.3-degree windshield angle and the backglass that is almost horizontal, the CTS-V results in a more aerodynamic profile.
The antenna for the OnStar and XM Satellite Radio are mounted on its already aerodynamic roof. Powering the CTS-V Coupe is the supercharged LSA 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the same one inside the CTS-V Sport Sedan. This engine delivers a maximum 556 horsepower (415 kW) with maximum torque at 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm). Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is possible in 3.9 seconds. It is no surprise then that this is the company’s most powerful engine ever.