With a 556 horsepower supercharged LSA V8 engine under its hood, the current-generation Cadillac CTS-V is no slouch. Its magnetic ride control suspension also helps keep it composed in the bends, but from the looks of things, it will have nothing on the next-generation Alpha-based car.
Footage of a 2016 CTS-V prototype testing at the Nurbrugring was recently obtained by Autoevolution and to be frank, it looks absurdly fast. We expected the supercharged V8 sedan to be quick in a straight line, but we didn’t expect it to look this composed and planted on the racetrack.
The CTS-V is so drama-free taking the Nordschelife’s tricky high speed corners that it’s almost dull to watch, which is actually a good thing. The more pliant a car looks on the racetrack, the faster it usually is, and this test car looks completely within in its comfort zone on one of the world’s most challenging circuits.
Cadillac hasn’t confirmed the powertrain for its next-gen CTS-V, but were expecting the 2015 Corvette Z06’s LT4 V8, which produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, to be hiding under that vented hood. The ‘Vette’s 8L90E eight-speed automatic transmission should also be present, along with magnetic ride control and functional aerodynamic elements.
Check out the video below to see the car in action before it hits the auto show floor in Detroit this January.