2018 cadillac cts-v and ats-v championship editions

Two commemorative models are available after Caddy’s title-clinching run at the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
by Kirby Garlitos, on December 4, 2017, 14:00

Cadillac is taking a page out of BMW’s playbook by rolling out a pair of special edition versions of the CTS-V and ATS-V in the wake of winning the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s premier Prototype class. The two models, called the Championship Editions, are limited to just 200 total units and will be available this month in Cadillac dealerships.

The American automaker’s success in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship included winning the 2017 Manufacturers’ title. It’s a remarkable achievement considering that it happened in the company’s return to endurance racing after a 14-year absence. In addition to the Manufacturers’ title, Caddy also played a role in helping Konica Minolta, one of the three teams that raced the DPi-V.R prototype race car, win the Teams’ title. Drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor also took home trophies after winning the series’ Driver’s title.

The troika of championship wins spurred Cadillac to roll out the CTS-V Championship Edition and the ATS-V Championship Edition Coupe. The two special edition models feature commemorative nods to Cadillac’s successful return to endurance racing, including special graphics, packages, and driving instruction sessions at the V-Performance Academy in Nevada.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V Championship Editions

What makes the Cadillac ATS-V & CTS-V Championship Editions special

Let’s take a look at the Cadillac CTS-V Championship Edition first. The CTS-V is arguably the most prominent of Cadillac’s performance models so it’s not hard to imagine why it received a special edition model. Prospective buyers have a choice of getting the CTS-V Championship Edition in either white or black. Regardless of the color, red accents are included, specifically on the hood, side mirror caps, and even the brake calipers. Cadillac is also throwing in a carbon fiber pack on the SE model. This explains why the CTS-V Championship Edition looks muscular than its standard counterpart. The package includes a new front spoiler, a hood vent, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser.

Move to the interior and you’ll be greeted by a Morello Red interior detail package that comes loaded with the good stuff. A pair of Recaro seats has taken the respective places of the standard front seats. The front and rear door armrests are now dressed in red and the cabin gets treated to a nice helping of Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber trim. The automaker also added a Performance Data Recorder on the special edition model.

The CTS-V Championship Edition also has exclusive features that its ATS-V counterpart doesn’t have. These include a large sunroof, a Luxury package, and a set of special 19-inch wheels.

Now let’s take a look at the Cadillac ATS-V Championship Edition. On the surface, the special edition ATS-V gets the same features as its CTS-V counterpart. It’s also available in two body colors — white and black — and has matching red accents in the same places as the CTS-V Championship Edition. It’s the same story in the interior where a Morello Red interior detail package greets would-be owners of the SE performance sedan. The same list of items included in the package is also present in the ATS-V Championship Edition. These include the Recaro sports seats in the front, the red front and rear dorm armrests, and the high gloss carbon fiber trim. The ATS-V Championship Edition also gets its own exclusive touches, none more noticeable than the sunroof and the set of 18-inch wheels.

Unfortunately, that’s the extent of features that both special edition Cadillacs have as neither of the two models carry power and performance upgrades. That means that the Cadillac ATS-V Championship Edition is still powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. The CTS-V, however, gets a heart-thumping 6.2-liter V-8 mill that’s been supercharged to produce 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing for the Cadillac ATS-V Championship Edition starts at $72,190 for the sedan version and $74,390 for the coupe version. If you’re itching to get the CTS-V Championship Edition, you’re going to have to spend more for it because it has a price tag of $105,730. Neither of the two special edition models counts as cheap in my eyes, but they’ve earned their right to be expensive on account of their special edition labels.

References

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PRESS RELEASE

Press release

To celebrate winning the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships, Cadillac announced today the Championship Edition for all three of its ultra-high-performance models – the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V coupe and sedan, and the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V super sedan.

The special edition models celebrate Cadillac’s first-ever endurance racing Manufacturer’s Championship, secured in the first year of the brand’s return to the long-distance sport. The Championship Editions of the ATS-V and CTS-V super is available in Black Raven or Crystal White Tricoat exterior paint with Cadillac V-Performance graphics located on hood and rear spoiler, Red Obsession side-view mirror caps, DPi-V.R graphic on the quarter windows, Red Brembo® brake calipers and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets.

Highlighting the interior of the Championship Edition is the Morello Red interior detail package that includes Jet Black RECARO® race-inspired seats, red front and rear door armrests and Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim. Other interior features include the Performance Data Recorder with Cosworth Toolbox, sunroof, the industry leading Rear Camera Mirror and next-generation Cadillac user experience.

Inspired by a Year of Racing Success

The all-new Cadillac V-Performance DPi-V.R prototype race car began the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with seven-straight race wins and secured the Manufacturer’s Championship by winning seven of the 10 races, including the “36 Hours of Florida” which includes wins of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Twelve Hours of Sebring early in the season. Before this season’s dramatic return to endurance racing, Cadillac had a 14-year hiatus from the sport, focusing efforts on sprint-format GT racing in eleven seasons of the Pirelli World Challenge, where Cadillac amassed 33 race wins, 121 podium finishes, 25 pole positions, five Manufacturer Championships, and six Driver Championships including the 2017 SprintX Championship..

Cadillac placed three cars in IMSA’s Prototype category for the 2017 IMSA season. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R driven full-time by Jordan and Ricky Taylor; the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi; and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Eric Curran and Dane Cameron.

The 2018 Cadillac Championship Edition ATS-V sedans will start at $72,190 and coupes at $74,390. The 2018 CTS-V Championship Edition sedans will start at $105,730, including destination freight charges but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees. In total, 200 Championship Editions will be built and are available for North America.

CTS-V Championship Edition

All 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Championship Edition sedans include the following in addition to the CTS-V standard equipment:

Cadillac Black Raven or Crystal White Tricoat exterior paint
Cadillac V-Performance graphic on hood and rear spoiler
Red Obsession mirror caps
Cadillac DPi-V.R graphic on quarter windows
Serialized Certificate of Authenticity (sent after retail delivery)
19” V-Series wheels in polished Alloy with Midnight Painted Pockets
Morello Red Package
Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim
Split-folding rear seats with Morello Red stitching
Carbon Fiber Package:
Carbon fiber front splitter
Carbon fiber hood vent
Carbon fiber rear spoiler
Carbon fiber rear diffuser
Luxury Package:
Tri-zone climate control
Heated rear outboard seating positions
Power rear-window sunshade
Manual rear side-window sunshades
110-volt power receptacle
Ultra-view sunroof
Red Brembo® brake calipers
RECARO® performance seats

ATS-V CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION

All 2018 Cadillac ATS-V Championship Edition sedans and coupes include the following in addition to ATS-V standard features:

Cadillac Black Raven or Crystal White Tricoat exterior paint
Cadillac Performance graphic on hood and spoiler
Red Obsession mirror caps
DPi-V.R graphic on quarter window
Serialized certificate of authenticity
18” V-Series wheels – polished Alloy with Midnight Painted Pockets
Morello Red Package
Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim
Split-folding rear seats with Morello Red stitching
Carbon Fiber Package:
Carbon fiber front splitter
Carbon fiber hood vent
Carbon fiber rear spoiler
Carbon fiber rear diffuser
Sunroof
Red Brembo® brake calipers
RECARO® performance seats
Next generation Cadillac user experience

Additional options for the ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Editions may include, depending on how dealers order the vehicles:

Performance Data and Video Recorder
Sueded microfiber steering wheel & shifter
Advanced Security Package
8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission

New Cadillac V-Series models include tuition and accommodation at the 2-day Cadillac V-Performance Academy at Spring Mountain (offer valid for 1 year, reserved for the original owner of each new, unused model year 2017 and newer Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V models).

The Championship Edition ATS-V and CTS-V will begin arriving at select Cadillac dealers in December. To find the closest participating dealer, visit Cadillac.com or call Cadillac Customer Support at 1-800-333-4223.

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