We first encountered Renick Performance when our very own Manoli Katakis had the privilege of driving one of its project cars, a tuned Cadillac ATS-V, while he was over on the West Coast for the LA Auto Show (more on that later).
The new company aims to enhance the CTS-V as it did with the ATS-V. Right now Renick Performance is working on a CTS-V build for the SoCal-based Instagram sensation known as Hunter Swift (@HunterSwift). The following is a list of upgrades that are to be installed and tested over the course of the next 6 months:
- Renick Performance Sport Lowering springs
- Renick Performance Sport 32mm Sways bars, brackets and bushings.
- Renick Performance CarbonFiber Mirror covers
- Renick Performance Carbon fiber side skirts
- Renick Performance Hi-CFM cold Cold Air-intake with catch-can.
- Renick performance RP762 Dark Bronze custom 19″ wheels
- Renick Performance DOT stainless steel branded performance brake lines.
- Full wrap in ATS-VR Champion Red
The photo above features the CTS-V with a stock suspension, while the lower photo shows the subtle differences when the drop kit is added. There’s no denying that the CTS-V is an astounding vehicle out of the box, but these changes should give it an even bigger bite.
Hunter Swift gets bragging rights as the owner of the first CTS-V to be equipped with the full Renick Performance suspension kit, which includes shocks built by Swift Springs. These shocks have a custom spring rate and are comprised of a magnetic steel alloy called HS5 TW. They give the CTS-V about a 1.5-inch drop in the front, and 1-inch in the rear. The owner of Renick Performance, James Renick, says that the mag-ride control unit will not be hindered in any way and that no modifications will need to be made in order to use these springs. In addition to the springs is a 32mm two-way adjustable sway bar, which is 6mm thicker than the OEM 26mm solid sway bar.
While the CTS-V has minimal body roll in stock form, Renick says that this kit will make it almost non-existent. That said, you’ll still be able to feel how taught this system is over the factory setup. To put it simply, Renick says that the difference is a lot like going from a C7 Stingray to a C7 Z06.
If these goodies sound like something you might be interested in, you can head over to the Renick Performance website to place an order. The springs are currently in stock and cost $489.00 plus shipping. You’ll have to wait until February for the sway bar kit.