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In May 2020 I purchased a 2017 Cadillac ATS-V as my new toy! 🙂 I absolutely love this car! The car only had 11,700 miles on it so it really looked brand new. It appears to have every option that was available in 2017, so lots of bells and whistles that I'm just beginning to explore. Then in October, we purchased a 2016 Cadillac ATS-V sedan for my wife. 🙂 Can you tell I like these cars? 

Most of the fun cars I've previously owned were before the "internet" so documentation and even pictures are pretty sparse. That inspired me to do a better job with this one and the reason why I'm creating this blog. I will have all the details about the car including build options, as well as information on the upcoming modifications, performance data, and lots of pictures and videos. 

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04/17/21 - Under the Knife

We took the wife's car to Russ Cowart for the front end painting. I stopped by on Friday to get some pictures of the car and take a look at what he's done so far. By looking at these pictures, you'd think the car had been in a wreck. 🙂  For reference, here's before.   And this is now.       It's a three stage paint process, so it's more difficult to get right than a single color paint, and the big reason I took it to Russ. After the pain

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Video of the Red Car

The wife was taking the car out yesterday and I wanted to get the exhaust sound. But it's still a phone so it is what it is. It actually sounds pretty good through the music system that's attached to my TV. You may hear a little "clink" sound as she starts up the hill. We think there is something in between the wheel and tire that is moving around. The guy that is doing the paint work is going to look at it.  As she backs out, you can see that the hood is a little scared up and the front end pit

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Update - 04/08/21

We got the wife's car back two days ago with the new wheels/tires/springs on it. I drove the car today for the first time and it rode great. The alignment is not what I would have specified, so I'll get it back to the alignment shop in a few weeks. We drop off the car again on Friday to Russ Cowart at  HOME | cowartcustoms WWW.COWARTCUSTOMS.COM to have the front painted and to installed the front grills. They will buff out the rest of the car, and at some point w

Update - 04/01/21

We were suppose to pick up the wife's car today but it won't be ready until tomorrow, so I got out and washed the car instead. 🙂 Yes, it was a little cold but the sun was shining and I had 120 degree water to work with, so not a problem.  I finally got to put my foot in the gas briefly since it was dry outside today, but I wasn't logging the car at the time, but MAN... this thing is making some serious power now. 🙂 I'll get out tomorrow and log it and see how it's doing. I have about 3/4 of

Update - 03/31/21

Picked my car up at noon in the pouring down rain today.  The new Michelin's are now on the car. Since I couldn't get the Falken tires that I wanted, I got the tried and true tire. But this time I went from a 265/30-19 to a 275/30-19 in the front and so far I haven't noticed any rubbing except in a tight parking maneuver which I can live with. There is no more room in the front or rear, so this will have to do except for a stickier tire.   While the car was there, the new st

Update 03/30/21

Dropped of the car at Balanced Performance Motors today. Tomorrow I'll pick it up with new Michelin PS4S tires, new brake pads, new brake lines, and a brake flush. I'll do my best to run it out of gas before I bring it back home as I need to fill it up with E85 so I can finish the tune with Justin.  When I pick my car up, we drop off the wife's car so they can install my tires on her new wheels and install the new Swift springs and hopefully we can have hers back on Thursday. I'm on my

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Update - 03/23/21

Well... another setback. I can't get the Falken RT660 tires until June since there is a nationwide backorder. So in the meantime, I've ordered another set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and they will arrive Friday. Of course that means I don't get any work done to the cars this week, so we're now looking at next week before we can get all of the wheel/tire/suspension/brake work done to both cars. I did go ahead and order a 275/30-19 for the front, and that new size will be going on my car to r

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Update - 03/18/21

I took my car to Atlanta Motorsports Park last Sunday for my first day at the track with the car, and my first time at that track. It was a blast!  The car did very well, I really could not have been more pleased. You can tell that the engineers spent a lot of time sorting out the cars track capabilities, as there was nothing that it did wrong and nothing unpredictable about the way it drove. I was impressed. The 300 treadwear Michelin PS4S's actually did really well, they had a lot of grip

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More Updates 02-13-21

I finally have a plan... 🙂 My car has been at the Cadillac dealer for three weeks now as they tried to figure out what the clunking noise is in the left front of the car, and it appears that the front sway bar migrated to the left and was touching something and making that noise. I've ordered collars to go on the bar that should arrive Tuesday that will keep it centered with the frame, hopefully that will fix the problem.  Next, I have Friday March 5 appointment with Teddy Knisely to instal

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2017 ATS-V Specifications

2017 CADILLAC ATS-V SPECIFICATIONS OVERVIEW Model: Cadillac ATS-V coupe and sedan Body style / driveline: 2-door luxury sport luxury coupe (RWD) or 4-door sport luxury sedan (RWD) Construction: unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension GM vehicle class:

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2017 Cadillac Archived Press Release

NEW FOR 2017   AVAILABLE CARBON BLACK SPORT PACKAGE CADILLAC CUE ENHANCEMENTS INCLUDING TEEN DRIVER AND COLLECTION PRODUCT INFORMATION   2017 CADILLAC ATS-V: the smallest and lightest V-Series sedan and coupe ever receive technology enhancements and an available Carbon Black sport package The first-generation Cadillac ATS-V introduced class-leading twin-turbocharged performance and a comprehensive suite of design and performance system

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Just a few new pictures...

I had some good reflections the other day, so I had to snap some pictures. The ceramic treatment makes the car shine all the time.  https://photos.app.goo.gl/Aab3AvWBF6vzcAqJ6 https://photos.app.goo.gl/drkgtepwvN1LwmnF6   Can't squeeze anymore wheel and tire back there. 🙂   Here's an After/Before. Yes, I did it backwards. 🙂

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First Autocross

Well... I don't think that turned out too bad for the first time out in three years. I haven't seen the final results yet, but the car felt really good and I wasn't as rusty as I thought I was going to be. 🙂 It was a great day for an autocross with partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures, but as the day went on the clouds filled in and the winds picked up, and we had a few sprinkles for the last heat but nothing to really slow anyone down. There were only 51 entries so everyone got

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New wheels have finally arrived...

Ordered July 1, arrived October 13. Whatever, they finally got here. All 19" with the fronts being 9.5" wide and the rear 11" wide.   I weighed the wheels and this is what I found. The fronts, despite being a 1/2" wider and an inch in diameter greater, weight less than the OEM wheels by 0.7 lbs. The rear wheel, while 1.5" wider and 1 in diameter great, only weigh 0.4 lbs heavier than the OEM rear. It's the new tires that are heavier.  So Thursday morning we'll be at Gr

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Suspension

I'm a handling guy, always have been. I love the curvy roads and will go out of my way to take those every chance I get. I started autocrossing cars back in 1973 and have continued off and on for all these years, and the love of driving has only increased as I've gotten older. And it's not just turns, I also want a car that can stop much faster than it can accelerate. This one does it all. In the stock form, this car will pull a steady 1.03 g's on a skidpad, and many people have never even

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