Cadillac CTS-V Coupe by D3 Cadillac

6 Feb 2014 12:00 pm | Cadillac, Cars

Whenever I think Cadillac, I think the 60s, Rock’n’Roll and big, pink cars. Sure, the years have brought some changes to the company and its products, but I’m sorry. I really don’t consider Cadillac to be a high-performance or even family car, let alone one that is fit for tuning. Sure, we can all appreciate that Cadillac has worked hard to leave all of that behind, but that doesn’t change anything. It seems, however, that some people consider that Cadillac is no longer dull and complacent, which is why D3 Cadillac became a pioneer in tuning Cadillac vehicles and providing them with aftermarket parts and components. Sounds interesting.

Since 2005 the two companies have learned much from one another, resulting in advanced performance tuning programs and unique Cadillac creations, such as the wide-body Cadillac CTS-V Coupe built for BTX Global Logistics. D3 has been working hard to finish this unique project, and here it is.. final specs, photo-shoot and all. First thing that comes to mind is that this Cadillac is definitely a head-turner – as it should be – mostly due to its bad-ass design, but also because of the throaty exhaust note, which is stellar.

The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is one aggressive beast, and the visual enhancements introduced by D3 take the car from pretender to champion. The aesthetic mods include wide-body flares, a front spoiler, front competition splitter, double-sided carbon fiber ventilated hood with a carbon fiber rain guard, side skirts, carbon fiber air foils and a rear diffuser. D3 also installed their Noir Black Package which includes a blacked-out grill, window trims, side vents and a rear trunk piece. You just can’t miss the huge APR GT500 wing finishing off the look.

The paint-job is one-of-a-kind and is difficult to reproduce; the SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment in the paint is facilitated by a process which takes aluminum flakes and encapsulates them in magnesium fluoride. The Cadillac rides on CEC c885 wheels with matte black centers featuring a transparent red outer step lip were sourced as the rims, which are shod in Pirelli PZero Nero rubber. The factory supercharged 6.2L V8 engine was modified, now developing 340+ more horsepower – a total of up to 900 hp – due to the fitting of a Stage 2 intake, supercharged lid spacer, upper and lower pulley as well as heavy-duty heads and cams. And with that brutal sounding full exhaust system, including headers and Xpipe from Stainless Works, this ride was definitely worth the effort and Cadillac will surely change people opinions, including mine.