Look up ‘turbo lag‘ in the dictionary and this custom Cadillac CTS-V’s picture will probably show up. Replete with a massive 101 millimeter turbocharger behind the car’s wire mesh grille, the owner of this first-generation CTS-V says the 408 cubic-inch iron block V8 pushes a cool 1,170 horsepower to its rear wheels when strapped to the dyno. While a CTS-V with over 1,000 horsepower is wild in its own right, watching this thing go from seemingly no boost to all boost in this video posted by 1320video is truly a riot.
Filmed at the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack in (you guessed it) Colorado Springs, Colo., this four-minute 40-second video provides us the opportunity to watch this black sedan run the half mile airstrip a number of times. Competing in a “roll race,” drivers manage a rolling start before slamming on their car’s throttle and taking off; however, even a rolling start can’t stop the lag of this Cadillac’s giant turbo.
The car’s first attempt exemplifies its turbo lag perfectly, as our man behind the wheel of the CTS-V audibly throws the hammer down as soon as he passes the appropriate mark. A few milliseconds later, the throaty V8 rumble of the Cadillac is replaced by spinning rubber and a spinning turbocharger. Not unlike the turbines of a jet.
Trust us, this video is worth a watch, especially if you enjoy watching a CTS-V attempt to lay the smack down to a 900 horsepower Jeep, 850 horsepower BMW M3 and 1,300 horsepower Toyota Supra. But fair warning, there is some language that may be NSFW.