Until the V-Series debuted in 2004, Cadillac was considered anything but a performance brand. You’ve heard the jokes about how it was a brand for your great grandparents who had a lifetime subscription to AARP and the Denny’s Breakfast Club, and watched endless reruns of Matlock.
It was somewhat in the same spot as Lincoln is today—nobody took it seriously as a luxury offering. At the time, Cadillac was stale, lagging behind its German and Asian competitors in both luxurious offerings and performance, as this was a time when General Motors was rebadging happy.
However, with the emergence of Cadillac’s "Art and Science” 21st century revitalization, the automaker pushed far into offering capable performance and did so with the V-Series. Things got serious in the V’s second generation when a big ‘ol V-8 made it into a then borderline supercar.
With the supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA mill, Cadillac had a potent motor under the hood. Add in the fact that the company pushed the line in design with a lascivious coupe and wagon that swooned automotive journalists around the world like an all-expense-paid junket to Italy, and you had a recipe for success. Throw in a snappy manual and paint the wagon brown, and Cadillac could do no wrong.
The LSA motor was essentially a detuned version of the Corvette’s ZR1 LS9, which pumped out 638 horsepower. Now, that leaves a lot on the table for someone with money, an itch to modify and a penchant to break some records.
We know little about the CTS-V rocketing down the drag strip in this video other than that it set a new record on October 15—a 9.157-second quarter mile at 152 mph. Now that is one fast sedan. In the following run, it backed up its bragging rights by running a 9.191.
From the vid description, we gather the motor has been upgraded and the factory supercharger ported with 15 psi pumping through it pushing the full, luxurious weight of the sedan. Nitrous is run through the motor at 150 shot.
Cadillac may be finally getting its groove back, but the 9.157-run would have been much more impressive if it was done in the wagon. Just sayin’.