2016 Cadillac CTS-V

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has been officially unveiled before its makes its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show 2015 early next month. The third-generation Cadillac CTS-V is the most powerful production car ever created by the American manufacturer and it aims to take the fight to cars like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Beneath the skin, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V uses the same 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine as the latest-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Whereas the Z05 delivers 650 hp, the new Cadillac CTS-V pumps out 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the outgoing CTS-V pumps out 556 hp. This engine is then mated to a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. With the launch control function enabled, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V rockets to 96 km/h (60 mph) in just 3.7 seconds as well as a top speed of 320 km/h (200 mph).

Cadillac claims that the 8L90 transmission used delivers performance to rival the very best, dual-clutch transmissions alongside the smoothness and refinement of a conventional automatic complete with a torque converter.

For the new CTS-V, Cadillac engineers also focused heavily on strengthening the car’s structure to improve handling. With this in mind, the 2016 CTS-V makes use a of a prominent front strut tower brace, V-braces in the engine compartment, a strengthened rocker bulkhead, stronger rear cradle-to-rocket braces and an aluminium panel at the front of the chassis alongside upper tie bar-to-bumper braces. All told, the new body of the new Cadillac CTS-V is 25 per cent stiffer than non CTS models.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Discussing these strengthening measures, Cadillac chief engineer David Leone said, “With the stronger body structure – and more than a decade of V-Series production models and the CTS-V racing program experience – engineers tuned the CTS-V to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality. The result is class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement.”

From a braking standpoint, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V features six-piston Brembo calipers at the front alongside 390 mm discs as well as four-piston calipers at the rear and 365 mm discs. Other key technical features of the new CTS-V are Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management with four separate settings available for the electrical systems. These are Tour, Sport, Track and Snow.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Visually, almost every exterior panel of the new CTS-V is bespoke. Some of the key highlights include a lightweight carbon fibre bonnet with a prominent air extractor, larger air intakes at the front alongside a thoroughly revised and more aggressive fascia. Additionally, a front splitter can be found while at the rear, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V features quad tailpipes as well as a prominent bootlid lip spoiler.

Discussing the car, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen said, “V-Series represents the very best of the Cadillac brand – the pinnacle of our design and technical capabilities. The new CTS-V is the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory. The new CTS-V soars into the stratosphere of the most exhilarating luxury cars.”

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