Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V is truly a car for the enthusiasts. The type of buyers interested in a 640 horsepower sedan capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and hitting 200 mph are usually car nuts of the highest order, so why isn’t it available with a manual transmission?
The lack of a row-your-own gearbox in the latest ‘V is a little disappointing, but hardly surprising. As automatic transmissions continue to improve, the appeal of the manual to the majority of buyers dwindles. The 2015 Corvette Z06, which the CTS-V shares its supercharged LT4 engine with, will hit 60 mph from a stop in 2.95 seconds with the available automatic, while the manual will take 3.2 seconds to perform the same feat. For some buyers, the improved performance is all the convincing they need to take the automatic.
If you want a manual, mid-size performance sedan in America, your only choice is the 2015 BMW M5. That car can be had with a six-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, while the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is only available with a 7-speed “multi-clutch” automatic. For now we can only speculate as to why Cadillac opted out of offering a manual, but they probably believed the take-rate would be low and not worth the investment.
We don’t think the lack of a standard gearbox makes the 2016 CTS-V any worse or less appealing, but we wouldn’t be complaining if they came out and offered it. Would you like to see a stick in the 2016 CTS-V? Let us know in the comments below.