• Here are the Fastest Road-Going Cadillacs Made Over The Last Two Decades

Not every Cadillac was built for old folks on Sunday drives, and these cars prove it

Under General Motors, Cadillac has primarily known for luxury and comfort as opposed to performance. And, truth be told, the automaker is not known for its acceleration or lap times despite its large displacement engines. However, a few models have been engineered to push the envelope not only in terms of comfort and style but also on the track. The following is a list of the fastest Cadillacs ever made.

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

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Unsurprisingly the first model on the list is the popular Cadillac offering from the NFS Most Wanted game. The CTS-V has a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 640 horsepower. It also manages an acceleration of 3.6 seconds to 60 mph The steering is characterized as accurate yet a touch heavy, but the brand makes up for that with a stable suspension. Power is delivered to the rear tires via a smooth eight-speed transmission as well. The CTS-V comes in wagon and sedan body styles, so it is possible to have both speed and utility.

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Cadillac CTS-V Sedan specifications
Engine 6.2L supercharged V-8
Horsepower 640 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 630 LB-FT @ 3,600 RPM
Transmission 8L90 eight-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 3.6 seconds
Top Speed 200 mph

Read our full review on the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

2020 CT6-V Blackwing

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The Blackwing is one of the automaker’s flagship models, with only 600 cars equipped with the twin-turbo V-8 engine. The name comes from the Merlette blackbird, which is illustrated on the original Cadillac crest. The 4.2-liter engine produces 550 horsepower, so the Blackwing reaches 60 mph within 4.1 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds; not a bad result for an unmodified production car. The transmission is a ten-speed hydra-matic, which is intuitive and features impressively rapid shifts.

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Cadillac CT6-V Blackwing specifications
Engine 4.2 L twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower 550 HP
Torque 627 LB-FT
Transmission Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 4.1 seconds
Top Speed 200 mph

Read our full review on the 2020 CT6-V Blackwing

2006 Cadillac XLR-V

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The XLR-V was a high-performance version of the Cadillac XLR. Some of the design language came from the Corvette, hence the convertible body style and unique styling. It had a 4.4-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The output was 443 horsepower, and it reached 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The additions to the chassis facilitated a stable ride for the track, and the adaptive forward lighting system was the first time a Cadillac model could automatically adjust the headlamp direction at night.

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Cadillac XLR-V specifications
Engine 4.4-liter V-8
Horsepower 443 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 414 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
Transmission six-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 4.9 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

Read our full review on the 2006 Cadillac XLR-V

2010 Cadillac STS 4.6 V8

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The 4.6 V-8 was discontinued in 2011, though it merits a position on this list. The STS had a 4.6 V-8 NorthStar engine that produced 320 horsepower and accelerated to 60 mph in 6 seconds. This car was also available with all-wheel drive for maximum performance. The STS 4.6 was one of the first Cadillac models to add tech safety packages like lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and stability control.

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Cadillac STS 4.6 V8 specifications
Engine 4.6-liter V-8
Horsepower 320 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 315 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic
0 to 60 mph 6 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

Read our full review on the 2010 Cadillac STS 4.6 V8

2018 Cadillac ATS-V

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The ATS-V was discontinued in 2018, though it was a fun, high-performance model with a racing-inspired style. It had a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 that produced 464 horsepower and a six-speed manual gearbox which could be upgraded to an eight-speed automatic. The combination of the lightweight materials and significant power meant the ATS-V could reach 60 mph within 3.8 seconds. The top speed was 189 mph. Magnet actuated adaptive dampers were standard as well, so drivers could alternate between relaxed and firm rides.

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Cadillac ATS-V specifications
Engine 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower 464 hp @ 5,850 rpm
Torque 445 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission Six-speed manual
0 to 60 mph 3.8 seconds
Top Speed 189 mph

Read our full review on the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V

2009 Cadillac BLS 2.8 T V6

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The BLS V-6 was another short-lived model produced between 2006 and 2009. It was front-wheel drive and, as the name suggests, had a 2.8-liter V-6 engine churning 255 horsepower. Its acceleration time was 6.3 seconds to 60 mph. Customers received a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, and the chassis ensured dynamic handling performance. Its interior was characterized by circular instruments, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and analog clocks. The tech features included high-quality audio and infotainment of the era as well.

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Cadillac BLS 2.8 T V6 specifications
Engine 2.8-liter V-6
Horsepower 255 hp
Torque 295 lb-ft
Transmission six-speed manual
0 to 60 mph 6.3 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

Read our full review on the 2009 Cadillac BLS 2.8 T V6

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