General Motors is gearing up to release its performance car onslaught to the world. Final development work on the 2015 Corvette Z06 is underway, prototypes of the next-generation Cadillac CTS-V have been spotted around Michigan, and the compact ATS is also set to receive a ‘V’ variant in the near future. Two future models from this upcoming performance portfolio were recently spotted testing together by Automobile Magazine, the Z06 and the CTS-V, along with the common high-performance mid-size sedan benchmark, the BMW M5.
Just like in previous photographs, the CTS-V’s skin is hiding underneath a layer of tricky white and black camouflage. A performance front fascia with an all-new grille and larger air vents can be seen out front, while side skirts, a new rear fascia and quadruple exhaust tips round out the aggressive look from the A-pillar backwards.
These photos don’t tell us anything new about the impending CTS-V, but the vehicles in its company sure do. Rumors that the new CTS-V will use a version of the Z06’s 625 horsepower, 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine have been circulating for months now, and seeing it being tested alongside the range-topping ‘Vette further inspires such talk. The photos also show how close in design the Z06 and the CTS-V’s hood vents are, which could also indicate the two do indeed share a similar, if not the same powertrain.
The BMW M5 has long been recognized as the go-to mid-size performance sedan. The latest iteration of the car, the F10 M5, clearly serves as a benchmark for the GM engineering team, this being the second occasion the CTS-V has been spotted out with the German. Going off these pictures, it seems like the CTS-V will use a bit of supercharged Corvette muscle to try and stick it to the 560 horsepower M5. Check out all the spy shots right here.