The days when 1,000 horsepower cars were nothing more than myths and figments of our imagination are long gone. These days, they’re bringing thrown around like water balloons on a hot summer afternoon. Okay, it still doesn’t happen as often, but you get the point.
Over the past few days, we learned that two Cadillac CTS-V Coupes headed to the ultimate showcase of automotive excess, the SEMA Auto Show, will serve notice to the aftermarket industry that these bad boys are not be messed with. We already covered the V1000 Martin a few days ago so now it’s time for us to introduce the ’Le Monstre.’
As the work of the "D3 Group," the CTS-V Le Monstre takes its name from the 1950 Cadillac Coupe Series 61, a car that competed in the 24 Hours of LeMans way back when in the 50’s. Fast forward six decades later and the namesake will surely make its predecessor proud.
This Cadillac sports coupe was named ’Le Monstre’ for a reason, and that reason takes shape through a heavily modified 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine that was turned into 7.0-liter engine with matching upgraded internals. The result is a powertrain that packs a walloping 1,001 horsepower and 1,000 lb/ft of torque. Ay, caramba!
To allow the car to look and handle as well as it should given the significant spike in output, the D3 Group also gave the CTS-V Coupe a a stealthy Matte Black wrap courtesy of Wraptivo, a custom wide-body kit, an upgraded chassis and suspension system, and a new set of 20" wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R UHP tires.
Talk about living up to your ’Le Monstre’ monicker.
The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is a fast car in its own right, thanks to it carrying a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 556 horsepower and 551 lb/ft of torque. But what happens when 556 and 551 just aren’t enough? Well, you turn up the heat and pack more performance. Hello Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Martin V1000" by Martin Technologies!
Speaking of power, there’s a reason why this car was codenamed the ’Martin V1000.’ It’s powered by a 7.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces a mind-blowing 1,000 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 900 lb/ft torque at 5,500 rpm, good enough figures to post a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds with a top speed that goes well north of 200 mph.
To go with all that unmistakable power, Martin Technologies made sure that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe looked about as good as any car with that much power should. So they dressed up the CTS-V Coupe with a Martin Technologies-designed body kit that comprises of two rear pieces, two rockers, a front chin spoiler, a rear decklid spoiler, and a set of custom 22" three-piece custom wheels and tires.
With all these modifications in tow, it’s no wonder why the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Martin V1000" Edition is garnering so much attention. Awesome good looks notwithstanding, the car’s modified, 1,000 horsepower engine is enough reason to make clients reach for their checkbooks when they see the car at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.
After six years of hard work, a couple from Harrington Park are finally ready to present their unique creation to the world. Their project was a one-off customized 1955 Cadillac Coupe De Ville called the Wild Cad. This model was created by Mario and Catriona Colalillo and will make its first appearance at the Showcase of Kustoms Motorama in Long Beach, California. Its next appearance will be in November at the SEMA Show.
Under the hood there is a custom-made 7.4-liter 454 big block Chevy engine mated to a a Turbo 400 transmission. And believe it or not, the exterior paint has been estimated at a total of $200,000 and the interior gets Thunderbird seats and a center-mounted ‘59 Chevy instrument cluster.
"I had people ringing up saying: We can’t get him (Winfield) - how did you get him to come to Australia?” said Colalillo. "There’s a lot of features on the car that are out of the ordinary. I’m still getting used to having free weekends. You have got to throw everything at it in the end. It’s like building five cars at once."
The couple hopes to sell their custom ride during the custom car circuit. Some might find this strange considering they spent so much time working on it, but, truth be told, Mr. Colalillo has been working on award-winning custom cars and hot rods for 30 years so he is probably used to selling his creations.
Cadillac may have decided that the CTS-V Coupe will be the last CTS version to be offered, but High Springs, Florida based Droptop Customs has a different idea. Droptop Customs specializes in developing open-top versions of hard-top production cars, and their latest project is a coupe-convertible version for the CTS-V. Its official debut will be made in November at the SEMA Show. According to Droptop Customs, the new Cadillac CTS Coupe-Convertible comes as a replacement for their Eldorado model and the company has big expectations for it. Their hopes are to sell around 3000 units a year.
The convertible version comes with a fabric soft-top which retracts in a space above the luggage compartment. The tuner said that despite modifications made to the car, the aerodynamics have not been modified.
No word yet on if the tuner has opted to modify the car’s engine, but we expect to see the same 304 HP 3.6 liter V6 as found in the hard-top version of the Cadillac CTS-V.
More details are to be announced closer to the official launch.
Cadillac prepared the VSR Sports Rod Concept specifically for the 2009 SEMA Show and anyone who might have overlooked this retro hot rod really missed out. Just like any proper hot rod the VSR is powered by a roaring V8, in this case a 6.0 Liter GM version pumping out a total of 400 HP. The modern day street rod is a one off custom creation that combines meticulous metal work with hand laid carbon fiber to create a true 21st century stylish speed machine. At all four corners are custom oversized five spoke rims from Alcoa wrapped in sticky Toyo rubber. From any angle the exposed rollers give the VSR a unique appearance and when combined with the rear diffuser and laser cut Cadillac emblem give the Sports Rod Concept a look that is all its own.
The Cadillac Escalade Sport concept showcases even more of the dramatic presence and power that has made Escalade the sales and image leader among large luxury SUVs. The Escalade Sport showcases a small-block V-8 that produces approximately 550 horsepower and is backed by a heavy-duty 6L80 six-speed transmission.
Cadillac Escalade and DUB Magazine are two pivotal forces in the personalized SUV and SUT movement. The synergy of a luxury SUV or SUT with plus-size custom rims caused a sensation that’s now a mainstream OEM/aftermarket segment. The 2007 Escalade EXT – DUB Partner was built as an extension of this long relationship, and the new “bling standard” in luxury SUTs.
For two decades, Dana Buchman has created clothes for the women who run America ’s businesses, communities and families. Now, this vaunted New York fashion house has created the ultimate accessory, the Cadillac SRX Sport by Dana Buchman. Just as Dana Buchman fashions easily cross over from corporate to casual occasions, the midsize Cadillac SRX Sport is a luxury crossover vehicle that’s equally at home in the city or on a winding country road. The SRX Sport’s exterior is covered with rich DuPont Gold Mist tri-coat paint.
Cadillac is going to unveil a special edition for the Cadillac SRX at SEMA, with the cabin redesigned by Dana Buchman, an upscale women’s fashion designer.
Dana Buchman, a former Liz Claiborne designer who now markets her namesake label, takes the cabin of the 2007 SRX a step further than did Cadillac with the all-new cockpit for the new model year.
"The idea was to take an SRX and hand it over to one of the premier American designers in our effort to give the SRX a renewed focus on (...)