Telling Germany to Shove It: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Revealed


Attention world: This is 640 horsepower of America.

It is the most powerful product in the entire history of Cadillac. The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has a total of 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 200 mph; 0-60 mph happens in only 3.7 seconds. That's all thanks to its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 paired to a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission, which features launch control and something called Performance Algorithm Shifting. Cadillac also notes that this engine is more powerful than the Mercedes 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 and the BMW M-series 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8.

The CTS-V features a track-honed chassis and suspension along with numerous high-performance technologies, including standard carbon-fiber hood and optional carbon-fiber vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. There’s also a Brembo braking system, the latest version of GM’s outstanding Magnetic Ride Control, increased structural stiffness, four driver-selectable driving modes, and 19-inch lightweight, forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. The CTS-V’s beefy appearance isn’t just for show either; almost every exterior panel was designed to support the car’s capability, all contributing to lifting reduction, enhanced cooling or both.

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The interior features standard 20-way performance-oriented heated and ventilated front seats trimmed in semi-aniline leather, with suede microfiber inserts and seatbacks. Recaro performance front seats, trimmed in Mulan leather, are optional. There’s also a 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster display equipped with navigation, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, wireless inductive phone charging, and OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi. Official pricing hasn’t been announced but we’ll have more details early next month from Detroit where the new CTS-V will make its world debut.