Learn how to tame your new rear-wheel-drive beast.
When I first got behind the wheel of the new Cadillac CTS-V, nobody gave me any tutelage on how to tame the 640-horsepower supercharged V8. I simply left the electronic safety systems on, drove within my limits, and had a blast wringing out the sports sedan. But for buyers who want a bit more coaching beforehand, Cadillac is ready to oblige.
Buyers of the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V are now eligible for two days of instruction at the V-Performance Academy, held at Spring Mountain Motor Resort near Las Vegas. The program includes transportation from the Las Vegas airport to Spring Mountain, two nights’ accommodation at the track’s luxury suites, breakfast and lunch on-site, and admission for another non-driving guest. Attendees must pay for their own flights and have to pay extra if their guest wants to drive, too.
With stark desert on all sides and myriad complex bends, Spring Mountain is a great track for learning to push the V-Series Cadillacs to their limits; the company says engineers specifically tailored the V-Performance Academy classes to highlight the cars’ abilities. In the case of the Cadillac ATS-V sedan and coupe, students will get to wrangle a 464-hp 3.6-liter biturbo V6 engine with either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. Step up to the CTS-V, and the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 is backed exclusively by the automatic.
Cadillac is far from the only automaker to offer driver instruction with purchase of its high-performance cars. In recent weeks, for instance, Fiat announced it would let buyers of the 124 Spider Abarth and 500 Abarth put their new rides to the test at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, while Ford plans to host Shelby GT350 owners at the Utah Motorsports Campus.