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Cadillac to Add More V-Series Cars and the ATS-V and CTS-V Aren’t Dead Quite Yet (Updated)

Image credit: Kristen Lee/Jalopnik
Image credit: Kristen Lee/Jalopnik

Sit down, kids, because I’ve got some good new and bad news. The good news is that Cadillac has plans to expand its performance-focused V-series sub brand. The bad news is that the era of two perennial Jalopnik staff favorites is coming to and end. Update: GM reached out and said that the ATS-V and CTS-V actually will not be going away.

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Update 10:36 p.m. EST: A General Motors spokesperson reached out and said that the current plan is to “grow” the V-Series, which will include “CTS and ATS variants.” The cars will love on through model year 2019 and be on sale most of next year. Two new sedans will effectively replace the CTS and ATS, and those cars are believed to get V variants.

The CT6-V will join them, along with future, unnamed models. We’re not sure where the miscommunication occurred just yet, but we’re happy to hear that GM is now saying they’re not going anywhere. The original story follows below.

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When we first laid eyes on the new CT6 V-Sport at this past New York Auto Show, we were extremely excited. We saw the power output (550 horse, 627 torque), rejoiced and then happily started daydreaming about what a CT6-V would look like.

Since then, Cadillac has decided to just go ahead call it the CT6-V instead of the V-Sport. Mark Reuss, executive vice president and president of GM Global Automotive Group and Cadillac said, according to Autoblog,

“Beginning with the debut of the CTS-V Sedan in 2004, the V-Series sub-brand sparked new life into Cadillac. As a result of the overwhelming response the CT6 V-Sport received when revealed in early 2018, we’ve decided to formally make it a V-Series, signaling the expansion of V-Series.”

That’s fine with me. It has the power and looks to live up to the name anyway. And there are also future V-series cars to come. Also very fine. V-series all of the things, I say!

Unfortunately, that’s where the happy news ends, as a Cadillac spokesperson also told the outlet that 2019 will be the last model year for the much-loved ATS-V and CTS-V. Road & Track also confirmed the story.

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Fuuuuuuuuuck.

Yes, I know the cars were old. Yes, it was time for them to age out. But that still hurts me. They are both wonderful, brash vehicles. They look like they were drawn with straight-edges and gave those silly Germans a run for their money. They sounded great. They put smiles on faces.

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Whatever comes next has a tough act to follow.

We’ve reached out to Cadillac for comment and will update if we hear back.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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Almost bought a 2016 ATS-V Coupe.... like they had my down payment, had signed about 80% of the paperwork and decided that I just couldn’t fucking stand the capacitive touch HVAC controls (and to a lesser degree the terrible gauge cluster).

So Ford bought back my Focus RS and I had been between the RS and a SS 1LE Camaro the year before so I reconsidered the Camaro but I wanted a 2SS 1LE for some of the gadgetry... so I test drove one of those, then I saw the going rates for 2016 ATS-V’s (the one I almost bought was $42k with 3,000 miles on it CPO) and also found a 2017 sitting on a lot that was stickered for $74k that they were offering $50k.

I REALLY liked the driving characteristics of the ATS-V but it felt the entire time like Caddy wanted it both Super Sporty and Super Luxy and made really dumb decisions on how to do both.

So I rebelled against the idea of anything luxurious and bought a Gen5 Z/28.... because I dunno, it feels like a modern muscle car which is what I think I wanted all along. That and driving it feels like a fucking event that I happen to have season tickets to.