Cadillac hints at ‘more aggressive’ V-Series special editions

April 30, 2015
Taking inspiration from Mercedes-AMG’s playbook, General Motors is reportedly considering special-edition V-series models that are a bit crazier than the forthcoming ATS-V and CTS-V.
Both redesigned cars have yet to arrive in showrooms, but the company is already hinting at new range-topping packages that could arrive later in each model’s respective product cycle.

“We might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive,” Cadillac chief engineer David Leone told Car and Driver when asked if the company is working on anything equivalent to Mercedes-AMG’s Black Series models.

The brand’s global marketing head, Jim Vurpillat, added that new V-series models will likely appear in a few of the brand’s “eight new entries in five new segments over the next few years,” and an unnamed source pointed to 2017 as a likely launch window for a Black Series counterpart.

Neither executive elaborated with further details, such as potential power upgrades or specific styling features. The 2016 ATS-V arrives with a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine, good for 455 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque, while the larger CTS-V borrows the Corvette Z06′s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 640 ponies and 630 lb-ft of twist.

The ATS-V will begin rolling into showrooms later this spring, but buyers will have to wait until the fall to pick up the new CTS-V.

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