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2017 Cadillac CTS-V is all performance all the timeWhether you like straight-line drag races or corner-carving in the twisties, the CTS-V has you covered.
[MUSIC] The 2017 CTS-V is Cadillac's flagship sedan, and the most powerful car it's ever built. It has a supercharged V8 engine. A claimed top speed of 200 miles an hour and this crazy magnetic suspension system. And it looks really good in the city, but you know what? This is a four door Corvette. So get me to the twisties. [engine gunning][music] [MUSIC] The third generation of the [UNKNOWN] hasn't change much and that is a good thing. I like to think it as Jason Statham, right? He look really good in a suit but underneath it you know that he, [MUSIC] Could kick your ****. [SOUND] And a lot of that is helped along by the optional $6950 carbon black package. Now, that adds, in addition to the already standard carbon fiber hood. A carbon fiber hood vent, front [UNKNOWN], rear diffuser, and rear spoiler. Plus you get 19 inch painted alloy wheels, and a black chrome grill. Inside I've got the option over car seats that are heated and adjustable with the bolsters, a few little bits and bobs of carbon fiber trim, and a heated suede microfiber steering wheel and shifter. But the coolest new piece of tech is the rear camera The mirror, just flip the switch and ba-bam, it's all digital, baby. Now, it's pretty useless at night, and the lens tend to get fogged up in the rain but after my eyes adjusted, I really did like having a wider field of view. Now, the cue system's been much [UNKNOWN] in the past and weve done our night deep dive of it, you can check out that video, but [UNKNOWN] to say, it does get Apple car [UNKNOWN] and Android auto as well as 4G LTE Connectivity. [BLANK_AUDIO] Now I hate to disappoint but this is not a track review, and trust me I really really wish it were because this is a whole other beast on the track. And Cadillac must agree because with every purchase of a CTFD you get a two day track school at the V-Performance Academy. And trust me You're gonna need it. Cuz this 6.2 liter V8 engine is lifted right out of the Corvette Z06. Sure, it's tuned a little bit lower to 640 horsepower, and 630 pound feet of torque. But trust me, that's enough. The power goes to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission and an electronic limited slip differential. And there's four different driving modes. Tour, sport, track, and snow and ice. And then once you get into the track mode, there's five different levels of custom traction control systems. [UNKNOWN] is going to adjust your throttle suspensions during in transmission points to give you the optimal ride. And it's telling that even in the softest touring mode, this car is just a joy to toss around. And the fact that's there's track and sport is really just icing on the cake. And a lot of that has to do with the magnetic ride control, so that's got these little sensors that monitor the road about 1,000 times a second and then adjust accordingly to always give you the best possible suspension ride. [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] The CTS-V comes wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires which are great in the dry, but if it rains, be careful, cuz these are summer tires. But, having said that, this car's just such a joy to drive around. I mean, you can just dive Into these turns. The limited flip throws the power to the wheel that's got the most traction. You can power right out [INAUDIBLE] control, just keeping you firmly planted. Change directions again, my God it's so good. The only thing that's not so good is there is no manual transmission. Now, you can operate from the pedal Shifters, which, hey it's better than nothing, but you know what? A girl can dream. I want a manual. [NOISE] And what's great about the CTS-V is that power delivery is really, really smooth. It's very reliable. It's always there when you want it. But it's also kind of refined. So makes this an excellent daily driver as well It's got a few driver's aids like blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assist, but what's missing is adaptive cruise control. Now Cadillac says it's because the components interfere with the cooling system and look, Cadillac, I respect your desire for peak performance, I totally get it. But I wish that adaptive cruise control was at least offered as an option. [BLANK_AUDIO] I think what I like most about this car compare to the competition is it's just so much more like grungy and raw. The BMW M5 and the AUDI S7, those are great cars. They're a lot of fun [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] And don't get me wrong. But they just can't match the American badassery that you get from this Cadillac CTSV. In fact, this car and its little brother, the ATSV. Those have both long been my choice for a sports sedan. [MUSIC] Of course, you're going to have to pay for all this sporty goodness. And you're going to have to be patient. The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V starts at $85,595. But that hasn't slowed any demand. In fact, there's a waiting list for the 2017 model. And if you want one kitted out like this guy, you're looking at $103,360. Hey nobody said American badassery comes cheaply. [MUSIC]