Back when hot rods and high compression were coming into their own, the more expensive brands had the motors people wanted. Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and Chrysler all produced motors with the highest horsepower from the factory. With the advent of the “Horsepower Race” the “Low-priced Three” began their reign, especially the small-block Chevy. But Cadillac has now come full-circle, and this CTS-V coupe is a great example how a Caddy can be made to run.
Of course, this isn’t new to the average enthusiast because the CTS-V has the “corporate” small-block, but it elates us to no end to see a Cadillac running on the strip. The CTS-V ‘s supercharged 6.2L LSA engine with the Tremec TR6060 manual pull faster ETs than just about every classic muscle car, but Vengeance Racing practically doubled the horsepower to their CTS-V to create a whole new breed of car: 946 horsepower and 904 ft-lb. of torque. Vengeance Racing added Trick Flow racing heads, aftermarket cam, ported blower, and bigger pulleys to assist with more boost. With a 130-horse shot of laughing gas, the CTS-V turned 9.59 at 143 mph.
Commander Cody did a fantastic remake of Hot Rod Lincoln in the early-1970s but who’s gonna do a song about a fast Cadillac? Chuck Berry got close, but let’s have something contemporary and toe-tappable!