You probably already know that the Cadillac CTS-V is one powerful, luxurious, and fun piece of kit. It’s also very rare, and very fast — whether in the twisties or in a straight line. The latter was recently substantiated by the folks from Redline Motorsports, who ran the quarter mile in a bone stock 2013 CTS-V Coupe in under 12 seconds, thereby bringing the car into the exclusive 11-second club.
The story goes something like this: the V, which was destined to become Redline’s new shop car, was consistently running the quarter mile in low 12s in what can only be described as imperfect weather at the Palm Beach International Raceway. Then one day, the DA dropped from 1,500 feet with 94 percent humidity to 1,100 and only 64 percent humidity, summoning the team to try its luck in the quarter mile once agan.
So they pumped up the front tire pressure of the stock 285/35/19 Michelin Pilot Sports to 50 PSI (to decrease rolling resistance), decreased the rear tire pressure down to 28 PSI (for better grip), and launched at 1,500 RPM without any traction control, conquering the quarter mile in 11.97 at 116.9 MPH. Best of all, the 60-foot was an incredible (for street tires) 1.7, and the car had just over 1,600 miles on the clock.
For those wondering about the transmission, the unit was none other than the automatic 6L80E unit, thanks to its quick-shifting nature over the manual.
The 11.97-second run is probably as good as it will get for any stock second-generation CTS-V, which is powered by the supercharged (and excellent) 6.2 liter V8 LSA engine making 556 horsepower and 551 lb.-ft. of torque.
From here, Redline plans to enhance the performance of the CTS-V — and we can only wonder how fast it will be able to cover the 402.336 meters that is the quarter mile then.
Watch the 11.97-second run, via LSXTV: