Classic good looks with a modern heart.
Cadillac fans may remember a Ringbrothers SEMA project from back in 2016 called Madam V. A 1948 Cadillac Fastback Coupe on the outside, Madam V was actually based on a 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, using that car's interior, chassis, and drivetrain. Madam V is a great example of the Ringbrother's wild restomod creations, but cofounders Jim and Mike Ring loved the car so much, they decided to reinvent it with a new look.
While the original design stayed pretty true to the original, there were elements like the wheels, headlights, grille, and door handles that gave it away as a restomod. Ringbrothers has gone back to the drawing board to make Madam V look much more like an original 1948 Cadillac.
The new design includes a new grille, headlights, and wheel arches. Madam V also rides on a new set of wheels that wouldn't look completely out of place in 1948. Combined with some fresh BASF paint, we think the car looks vastly improved over the original design. All of these improvements didn't happen overnight, with the changes totaling 1,000 additional hours of work.
Under the hood, Madam V still uses the same 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine from the ATS-V producing 464 horsepower going out to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Inside, the car looks identical to a stock ATS-V, retaining all of that car's modern amenities.
The ATS-V was not the best-sounding V model that Cadillac ever built, so Ringbrothers added custom stainless steel Flowmaster tailpipes to give the car a more robust exhaust tone. Madam V made its debut at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas and would have likely made another appearance this year if not for the pandemic. SEMA went completely online in 2020, and it's disappointing that Madam V didn't get to show off its latest improvements.