Jay Leno has switched things up for the latest episode of his YouTube show by not getting behind the wheel of a crazy classic American muscle car and instead being thrown the keys to a brand new production model in the form of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

Produced to rival the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Ben E63 AMG, the latest-generation CTS-V is comfortably the most powerful ever conceived. Helping to talk the comedian and TV host through the new CTS-V is the car’s chief engineer David Leone.

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).

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