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By Larry Edsall

Katech Katech turns Cadillac CTS-V into CTS-Vroom!
Cadillac's CTS-V has been highly praised by the auto enthusiast press for the way it combines the practicality of a luxury-class four-door sedan with the performance of a 400-horsepower powertrain. Still, some people can never get enough horsepower – or the brakes and suspension components needed to keep that power under control.

For such people, there is the automotive aftermarket and companies such as Katech Performance of Clinton Township, Michigan.

Katech made its name in motorsports. It specializes in engine development and manufacturing and, among other things, built the engines that powered vehicles such as the Chevrolet Corvette factory racecars that have won the GT category in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race so many times. Katech-powered cars also have won Indy Racing League and even NASCAR Busch Series national championships.

Though a relatively small company with fewer than 40 employees, Katech finally gave in to customer demand to apply its expertise to the road as well as to the track with high-performance parts for the Corvette, the Cadillac CTS-V as well as for classic Chevrolet Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds.

For the Cadillac, Katech offers a complete KAT-A4692 package that makes the car more than capable in a track day or drag strip setting while keeping it compliant (and quiet) enough to still be used a daily driver.

The full package includes installation of Katech's 525-horsepower, 7.0-liter crate engine and equipment including Corsa exhaust, a custom radiator, high-performance clutch, lowered suspension, slotted brake rotors, custom 19-inch wheels, high-performance Bridgestone Potenza run-flat tires, a short-throw shifter, custom embroidered headrests, special badging and window tinting, and even gun metal gray grille and exterior trim to match the color of the custom wheels.

The cost for the full package can run more than $30,000 and Katech can have a car completely modified in two months – or in as little as two days it can do such modifications as the installation of its Katech performance cams and other modifications to the engine that came in the car.

Katech also will sell its various components – including complete crate engines -- if you have the capability of doing your own installation.

For more information, visit the website or call (866)-KATECH1.

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