It’s no news that Cadillac is currently carrying out development of the next-generation Cadillac CTS-V. The next-gen ‘V’ car may be slated for a January reveal at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a date that’s quickly approaching. To make sure all the kinks have been worked out before the car goes on sale, Cadillac has been testing the car on the famed Nurburgring in Germany.
We’ve seen footage of the CTS-V on the ‘Ring before, however these clips are more recent and are taken from closer areas on the track, giving us a slightly better look at the upcoming high-performance midsize sedan. It doesn’t appear as if any visual changes have been made to the car since we last saw it, as it’s still wearing the same aggressive chin spoiler, huge rear diffuser, and prominent trunk-lid spoiler. The body work appears to be extremely pronounced, however, which is leading us to speculate that levels of aerodynamics may be offered on the 2016 CTS-V that are similar to the Z07 package on the impending 2015 Corvette Z06.
It’s still anybody’s guess what’s hiding under the camouflaged hood the CTS-V prototype, but we’re fairly confident it is a re-worked version of the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 LT4 found under the hood of the new Z06. We’ve heard the CTS-V’s supercharger whine in videos before and you can hear it loud and clear once again at the 0:17 mark in this video as well. Notably, the LT4 may produce slightly less than the 650 horsepower in the CTS-V than it will put out in the Z06, similar to what was done with the LSA engine in the second-generation CTS-V and the LS9 engine in the C6 ZR1. Still, Cadillac has remained mum on any CTS-V rumors, so it looks like we’ll be waiting until January (or longer) to know for sure.