The Cadillac CTS-V brings that unbeatable blend of luxury and performance we all know and love, but now, one owner is taking the go-fast attitude to a whole new level with this insane 1,800-horsepower drag racing build.
This particular Cadillac CTS-V was built by Saul, who went to Black Market Racing out of Arizona to help make his dream a reality. Now, Saul’s ride is hitting the streets for a ride-along in this 12-and-a-half-minute feature video.
Although this Cadillac CTS-V is prowling the public blacktop, it’s not exactly something we’d call “streetable.” That much should be obvious by the exhaust setup, which is dumping straight through the hood, shooting flames just ahead of the windshield. There’s also a parachute on the back.
Putting the street-legal status of this four-door to one side, here’s the important part – this Cadillac CTS-V is making more than 1,800 horsepower, or 1,823 horsepower to be exact, plus 1,365 pound-feet of torque, all of which was measured at the rear wheels. Making those numbers a reality is a 427 cubic-inch LSX V8, which is boosted with a double dose of turbocharging courtesy of twin Precision 76 mm turbochargers pumping out 40 psi. The V8 runs predominately E85, but is capable of running on 91 octane if needed.
Interestingly, the owner decided to keep a large portion of the interior pieces up front, while a roll cage was installed in back.
However, the Cadillac’s engine is the real attention-getter here, especially with the hood removed.
“When you have this kind of a build and this kind of fabrication going on, really it’s about the visual aesthetics of this,” Saul says. “It’s gorgeous.”
The setup also generates a ton of heat, which, being in Arizona, means no hood is a functional choice as well.
“I think the impetus to build something as badass as this was looking at all the other builds out there,” Saul says. “I just wanted something that was just different from all the other builds out there.”
Check it out for yourself, plus tons of details, in the video below: