Beneath the skin of the second-generation Cadillac CTS-V is a potent 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine delivering a Lamborghini Gallardo rivalling 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque. Consequently, the American muscle car is one of the most powerful and quickest production sedans ever. As the following owner discovered however, controlling all that power is easier said than done.
While hitting the drag strip at Orlando Speedworld, the driver losses control of the potent CTS-V after the tail steps out half way down the drag strip. While the driver managed to walk away from the crash uninjured, the car itself was thoroughly damaged.
As a matter of fact, the collision with the concrete crash barrier was so forceful that the concrete cracked and broke!
If the car is injured and deemed a write-off, then there’s certainly a possibility the owner might want to upgrade to the recently revealed third-generation Cadillac CTS-V. 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.
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).