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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.
Gallery: 2017 Cadillac ATS-V, CTS-V buyers get V-Performance Academy training
Cadillac today announced the Cadillac V-Performance Academy driving experience at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club near Las Vegas, Nevada. The two-day driver training program will be included in the purchase of any of Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series models: 2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan, 2017 ATS-V Coupe and 2017 Cadillac CTS-V sedan.
Cadillac is the only luxury automotive brand offering a two-day driver training with the purchase of a high-performance vehicle. Customers will register online for the experience after taking delivery of a 2017 V-Series model. The V-Performance Academy program may also be purchased as a stand-alone experience.
“Cadillac is a brand for passionate people, by passionate people,” said Nathan Tan, associate director of Brand Partnerships and Experiences for Cadillac. “V-Series customers are in many ways nearest the core of the Cadillac brand, and we are proud to offer this valuable training with our thrilling products.”
The V-Performance Academy includes:
- Ground transportation to and from Las Vegas McCarren International Airport — customers are responsible for airfare
- Two days of intensive driver training in the model of purchase for 2017 V-Series owners and the model of choice for stand-alone customers
- Two nights’ lodging in the Spring Mountain luxury condominiums
- Breakfast and lunch on both training days
- General admission access for one designated guest — add a driving guest for an additional fee
- On-site courtesy vehicles will be provided
There are now two opportunities for enthusiasts to drive new V-Series models on a racetrack: the two-day V-Performance Academy driver training held exclusively at Spring Mountain and the single-day V-Performance Lab, which travels to different racetracks around the country. In 2016, the V-Performance Labs will be held at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, and Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
The development of the V-Performance Academy curriculum was overseen by V-Series engineers. The tailored driver training enables attendees to extract maximum performance from the V-Series vehicles.
“The V-Series are the most-track capable Cadillac models ever, using exclusive technologies tuned by a select group of dedicated engineers,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “These technologies, such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management software and the Performance Data Recorder, set the Cadillac ATS-V and Cadillac CTS-V apart from all other luxury cars and are the tools drivers will experience at the V-Performance Academy.”
Located 55 miles west of Las Vegas, Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club boasts the longest road course in North America. With more than six miles of racetrack and 50 unique configurations, Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club enables V-Performance Academy drivers to extract maximum performance from V-Series vehicles. Lodging is provided on the Spring Mountain premises, with loft-style suites complete with kitchenettes for comfort and ease. An 8,000-square foot clubhouse, pool, racquetball court, fitness facility and four-acre freshwater lake ensure time spent on and off the track is equally enjoyable. For more information on Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club, visit springmountainmotorsports.com.
For more information about the Cadillac V-Performance Academy, visit http://www.cadillac.com/v-series/v-performance-driver-training.html.