Cadillac has officially revealed its all-new, third-generation 2016 Cadillac CTS-V ahead of the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Here’s what you need to know:
- The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V possesses a class-leading 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm) from the 6.2L LT4 supercharged V8 engine, first seen with the 2015 Corvette Z06
- The 2016 CTS-V can achieve 200 mph — making it the fastest vehicle ever to launch under the Cadillac marquee
- 0-60 acceleration time comes in at 3.7 seconds; quicker than the BMW M5 and just a tick under the all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
- The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sends its power to the rear wheels via an 8L90 8-speed transmission. There are no immediate plans for a manual transmission variant. But there is Performance Algorithm Shifting, which keeps the engine within the optimal spot of the rpm band, making it ideal for the track or otherwise spirited driving.
- It weighs 4,145 lbs, lighter than the smaller outgoing CTS-V, and far lighter than the BMW M5 (4,387 lbs) and just behind the 4,112 lb Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
- While it’s too early for Cadillac to know exact fuel economy numbers, the expectation is that the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will perform better than the previous generation.
Like the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, the body of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V features a carbon fiber hood, while offering a carbon fiber vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser for improved aerodynamics. There is also of course the mandatory Brembo brake system, consisting of two-piece 15.3-inch-diameter (390 mm) front rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diamter (365 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers. The calipers will be offered in three color finishes, as will be the lightweight forged aluminum wheels. No mention on whether or not the chrome bordering would have different finishing options, however. We’d like to see what the bordering would look like in a blackened or body color finish.
The shell of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is also 25 percent stiffer than lesser variants, thanks to the following:
- Strut tower-to-tower brace
- Strut tower-to-plenum brace
- V-braces for the engine compartment
- Strengthened rocker bulkhead
- Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces
- A unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis
- Upper tie bar-to-bumper braces.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V tires are Michelin Pilot Super Sports, measuring 295 mm in the rear and 265 mm wide up front, wrapping 19-inch wheels that are 45-percent stiffer than the previous model’s. The track of the vehicle is also wider than the base third-generation CTS, now measuring 62.1 inches (1,577 mm) up front and 61.2 inches (1,554 mm) in the rear. All of which helps the CTS-V push nearly 1G in lateral cornering forces while maintaining adhesion to the pavement.
Cornering abilities also yields credit to the highly improved suspension system. The multi-link MacPherson front suspension with hydro bushings benefits from a higher spring rate and stiffened stabilizer bar for a 20 percent increase in roll stiffness. There’s also the latest generation of magnetic ride control, which reads the road 1,000 times per second. Or for an even cooler statistic, 1 inch increments of road travelled at a rate of 60 miles per hour. Performance Traction Management is also standard in the new CTS-V, which offers Snow, Tour, Sport and Track modes.
The back wheels have to handle that immense power coming from the 640 hp LT4, and to do so the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V incorporates an electronically limited slip differential, plus larger prop shafts and greater half-shaft symmetry. The CTS-V’s five-link rear suspension features reduced roll center migration, improved lateral control and a suspension geometry resistant to squatting. Contributing components include stiffer bushings, new cradle mounts, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar. Turning abilities comes from a ZF Steering Systems Servotronic II electric power steering system with variable-ratio electric power steering gear, with 14-percent greater system stiffness over the base model for better steering precision and feedback.
Inside the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sees the return of optional Recaro racing seats, optional microfiber suede inserts, and three different color options. They are: Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum accents and Jet Black with Saffron accents. There’s also a Heads Up Display, Siri Eyes Free, navigation, wireless inductive phone charging, Bose surround sound and of course, CUE, this time integrated with the Cosworth Performance Data Recorder.
Let us know what you think about the new 640 hp, 200 mph Cadillac CTS-V sedan in the comments below.