This is a sweet ride!!
Ask the company's executive team, and they'll tell you "this is
the maximum Cadillac V-Series." It's the 2016 CTS-V sedan, and it
packs the very best of what's possible at Cadillac. And the company
says it doesn't think "anyone thought it was possible that we
could push [the CTS-V] this far."
The big news is what's underhood: General Motors' supercharged,
6.2-liter LT4 V8, tuned to 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of
torque. That's 10 hp and 20 lb-ft less than the monstrous Corvette
Z06, and the result is the most powerful car Cadillac has ever
produced. With rear-wheel drive, launch control and the eight-speed
automatic transmission (sorry, folks no more manual transmission
here), Cadillac says the 2016 CTS-V will sprint to 60 miles per hour
in just 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
Naturally, Cadillac's engineers say they have tuned the CTS-V to
ensure it can put all that power to the ground with the most precision
and poise possible. That starts with the excellent Magnetic Ride
Control active damping system (with a claimed 40-percent increase in
responsiveness)and a 25-percent increase in structural stiffness that
should improve overall handling and steering. What's more, a
high-performance Brembo brake package comes standard, as do 19-inch
alloy wheels wrapped in seriously sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport
tires that will reportedly offer 1g in lateral acceleration.
Cadillac also says that all changes to the bodywork are functional.
That includes a carbon-fiber hood, front splitter, rear spoiler and
diffuser that are super light and aid with aerodynamics and weight
reduction all of which will be available as an optional package for
folks who like the exposed carbon look. Inside, it's more of what
we're used to on lesser CTS models, but there's newly optional carbon
fiber trim, microfiber suede upholstery trim, and some seriously
awesome Recaro seats.
Additionally, as we exclusively reported earlier, Cadillac will offer
GM's Performance Data Recorder in the CTS-V. It records
high-definition video with data overlays that's sharable via social
media. Beyond that, Cadillac will offer the usual smattering of tech
goodies, including Siri Eyes Free, OnStar with 4G LTE, CUE
infotainment with navigation and Bose audio.
The CTS-V will launch later next year, following the debut of the
smaller ATS-V. In the meantime, the sedan will officially bow at the
2015 Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks. Pricing has yet to be
announced, but we assume it'll be revealed in the not-too-distant
future. In any case, this thing looks seriously good, and to say we're
stoked to drive it would be an understatement. This ought tobe the
maximum Cadillac V-Series, indeed.
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