Back in 2011 my buddy had a second generation 2009 Cadillac CTS-V. And he's a pretty good friend because he loaned me his car for a few weeks while I was in town visiting; needless to say I had a blast.
The following year I attended the Cadillac V-Performance Academy at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, about an hour west of Las Vegas. I was the first student to go through their program. And when I say first, I was the only student. You see I learned about the new program by accident and signed up months in advance. Later, Hurricane Sandy disrupted the Cadillac transportation pipeline and so Spring Mountain didn't take delivery of their batch of 27 coupes, sedans and wagons as originally scheduled. Since they wanted to put about 1000 miles on each before tracking them they decided to not sign up any more students for the first class. But I guess they decided they'd have a couple ready for the first date and could use me as a guinea pig for their new program. Which was awesome for me; I had my own personal instructor for two days!
Around this time rumours were strong about the third generation CTS-V and that's when I made the decision to buy one. It finally arrived as a 2016 model and is glorious but for some stupid reason, Cadillac didn't offer a manual transmission. That was a deal breaker for me so I ended up buying a Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac. The last year of second generation production, it's a 2014. That year they produced 754 CTS-V sedans and 81 of these were 6-speed manuals.
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