Prior to this week’s reveal of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, prototype versions of the car were consistently spotted testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. The track is one of the most demanding circuits in the world, making it the perfect place for manufacturers to test their all-new performance products. The previous-generation CTS-V completed a lap of the ‘Ring in 7:59.32, a record for production-spec sedans at the time, so what do you think the new one can manage?
In addition to sitting on the superior Alpha platform, the new CTS-V has more power than the outgoing model (640 horsepower to 556 horsepower), third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, larger Brembo brakes, superior Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, a quicker-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and an optional aerodynamics package. Those upgrades will almost guarantee the 2016 CTS-V a faster time at the ‘Ring, possibly one fast enough to best the current production sedan lap record holder, the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
Considering the 2012 Camaro ZL1 lapped the ‘Ring in 7:41.27, we think the CTS-V will be capable of at least coming within throwing distance of that time. The new CTS-V is more powerful than the ZL1 and weighs only a touch more at 4,145 lbs to the ZL1’s 4,120. It also has better tires, a functional aerodynamics package to help push said tires into the ground and a better transmission. That would be a lightning fast time for a production sedan, but on paper, it seems plausible.
So what do you think the CTS-V’s Nurburgring lap time will be? Let us know in the comments!