Motor Trend’s spy photographers have caught a third-generation Cadillac CTS-V prototype out testing, giving us our best look yet at what the upcoming super sedan might look like.
The most defining feature of this particular CTS-V prototype is the large, vertical style grille, signaling the departure of the mesh grille seen on previous V-models. The grille is similar to the one seen peeking through the ATS-V prototype’s camouflage, possibly hinting that all future V models will wear a version of this front fascia. The lower section of the grille has been enlarged for better cooling, while a prominent bulge has been added to the hood.
Thanks to the swirly camouflage applied by Cadillac, the rear of the car isn’t as revealing. From what we can make out, there is a redesigned rear bumper, subtle decklid spoiler and quadruple exhaust tips. This prototype is also sporting some new black rims wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Motor Trend thinks the 2016 CTS-V will have a version of the 2015 Corvette Z06’s supercharged 6.2 liter LT4 V8 under its hood. It seems likely that the car would adopt the seven-speed manual transmission, with the 8L90 eight-speed auto offered as an option. We have our fingers crossed that the next-gen CTS-V will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next year.