Cadillac dropped all the details on the 2016 CTS-V yesterday and needless to say, we’re impressed. The 640 horsepower supercharged LT4 V8, the eight-speed 8L90 automatic transmission, third-generation magnetic ride control and more, all in a stunning lightweight four-door sedan. But the one piece of information Caddy didn’t release was the price, which is arguably the most important of all.
It shouldn’t be long before Cadillac tells us how much it will charge for the 2016 CTS-V, but for now, we have to speculate. While some, like Motor Trend, estimate the car will start “in the $80,000 range,” we’d actually place it in the $85,000 to low $90,000 range, considering the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG both start at $93,000.
|METRIC||2016 CADILLAC CTS-V||2015 BMW M5||2015 BMW M5 COMPETITION||2015 MERCEDES-BENZ E63 4MATIC||2015 MERCEDES-BENZ E63 S 4MATIC|
|STARTING PRICE (USD):||TBD||$93,600||$100,900||$93,600||$100,600|
A starting price in the high $80,000 to low $90,000 range is more expensive than that of the outgoing CTS-V and is in line with the positioning of the athird-gen CTS — which now unequivocally competes in the midsize luxury vehicle class with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well as their high-performance derivatives, with the goal of the ATS being to take on the compact segment. In contrast, the first- and second-gen CTS and CTS-V were “tweener” cars straddling the compact and midsize sedan segments. And though current CTS-V owners may be discouraged to find that new CTS-V will be more expensive, they may find the $63,000 ATS-V to be more financially attractive.
Cadillac might spill the beans on the price of the 2016 CTS-V at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For the time being, feel free to speculate in the comments below.