Complete with its screaming 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is currently being displayed at the Detroit Motor Show 2015. The CTS-V is now in its third-generation and the 2016 model takes the lunacy and performance one dramatic step further. As a matter of fact, it is the most powerful production car produced by Cadillac. As a result, we just had to see it in the flesh!
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.
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.