Drag strip weather is upon us as late September has ushered in cooler mornings and, for now, has pushed out the choking humidity that has lingered over Gulf Coast Texas most of the summer. That means more racing, testing and fresh track times from our cars in the coming months. It also helps to have your very own 1/4 mile strip (Lonestar Motorsports Park) located behind your shop.
The timing has worked out well with the completion of a new 2011 CTS-V Coupe and its V700 upgrade. We slapped on a set of drag radials and set out earlier this week to see what numbers this cooler air would allow and whether or not OnStar would be chiming in this go-around.
Thanks to the immense low-end torque and stickier tires, the V700 pulled a 1.6 second time to the 60 ft mark, pulling over 1.2 G’s off the line according to the data from our Video VBOX logging software.
That’s a harder launch than our previous sedan that triggered an OnStar call on more than one occasion. So the question is… did they call us to check on the coupe?
Well… no, actually. In spite of a more visceral launch than before, the system didn’t detect a “vehicle event” as it did last November. It looks like they may have learned from last time (or perhaps they have black-flagged Lonestar as a sort of Bermuda Triangle of false readings). In any case, we’re happy with the way the automatic coupe took off with a vengeance and skirted close to 10′s on pump gas with very little effort while still remaining very streetable.
Check out the 11.1 second pass below, and stay on the lookout for more video of the V700 coupe, including experiencing the in-car footage of this same pass, coming soon.
V700 Gallery – Click to Enlarge: