‘Tis a sad, sad day in the kingdom, ladies and gentlemen. We have received word there will not be an option to row your own gears for the next generation 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.
Just yesterday afternoon, Jonny Lieberman of Motor Trend tweeted to his personal Twitter account:
Sadly confirmed: there will be no manual transmission on the upcoming CTS-V. #Cadillac #CTSV #sad #cry #6mt
Itching to learn more about this development, we reached out to Mr. Lieberman asking if he was at liberty to name who confirmed the saddening fact. Responding on Twitter again, he replied saying:
Dunno if I’m at liberty. But let’s just say I heard it from the top.
Ouch. Yes, those were our heartstrings snapping one by one. Previously, we believed that the new Cadillac CTS-V would receive the same 7-speed manual transmission from the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the Tremec TR6060. So, it looks as if buyers will only have the chance to enjoy lightning fast shift blips through GM’s new 8-speed 8L90 automatic gearbox. It seemed plausible that a manual would still be offered on the high-power midsize luxury sedan given that the very niche Chevrolet SS got a manual after its initial introduction.
Even so, the 8-speed auto will undoubtedly make for quicker shifts and lap times, but as anyone would tell you, something about clunking the stick into place and pressing in on a clutch pedal can never be replaced with the mere flick of a wheel-mounted paddle. The previous generation CTS-V had a 15 percent take rate on the 6-speed, but it looks like Cadillac is counting on those buyers to buy the 2016 ATS-V this go-round. We can still count on a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine to be at the heart of the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG rival, and expect it to produce somewhere around 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.
We expect the 2016 CTS-V to be unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and be available for purchase later on in 2015. And unless Cadillac releases the third-gen of the CTS in coupe or wagon variants, the third-gen CTS-V will be offered exclusively in the sedan body style.
So, what’s your say? Is Cadillac making a mistake? Or is the lighting quick 8-speed the only way to go? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.