Cadillac Marks 15 Years of V With More to Come V-ery Soon

Cadillac is marking XV years of V series cars. And it’s going to be doing it by revealing a pair of new models.

That’s right, it’s been 15 years since Cadillac made what might be its biggest effort to shed the reputation it gained throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It was a 5.7L, 400 hp, manual gearbox-only shot aimed directly at BMW’s M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG. Heck, Cadillac even unveiled the car at the Nurburgring.

Since then there have been a handful more Vs. For better or for worse, Cadillac is giving us a short look at the Caddys that really zigged.

The follow-up to that 2004 CTS-V was the XLR-V of 2006. Taking the strangely styled and strangely conceived XLR hardtop convertible and then downsizing and supercharging its now 4.4L Northstar V8. 443 hp was a healthy figure for the time, but the XLR will never be the most fondly remembered model.

Same goes for the STS-V that also arrived in 2006. Taking Cadillac’s biggest and boosting it to 469 hp. When one of the features the brand lists 13 years later is the staggered 18 and 19-inch wheels, that tells you everything you need to know.

In 2009, a new CTS-V arrived. With a 6.2L supercharged V8 and 556 hp. Plus magnetic ride control adaptive damping. It could beat eight minutes on the ‘Ring, making this a genuinely quick performance car.

The best part of the gen 2 CTS-V was that Cadillac added more body styles. The coupe and the wagon. Which made for the win-the-internet-special CTS-V Wagon. Perfect for taking the kids and the tuba to band practice.

While the wagon went away with the third CTS-V, the power didn’t. Now making 640 hp and able to top 200 mph.

2016 also brought the ATS-Vs. With the first V6 Vs using turbos to take the six to 464 hp. Which brings us to the 550 hp twin-turbo 4.2L Blackwing V8-powered CT6-V. Which sold out just about instantly when it went on sale.

So the upcoming V cars? A CT4 and a CT5 V-Series. They’ll make their debuts next week in Detroit.

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