Cadillac applied many of the same improvements to the 2016 CTS-V as it did the 2016 ATS-V, including a functional carbon fiber aerodynamics package, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Brembo brakes. The CTS-V also received similar structural enhancements, which has increased stiffness by 25 percent over the outgoing model.
Cadillac added a strut-to-tower and a strut-to-plenum brace and V-braces to the engine bay in order to improve structural support in the front of the car, and also strengthened the suspension rocker bulkhead, added upper tie-bar braces and installed stronger cradle-to-rocker braces. An aluminium shear panel improves chassis support at the front, while upper tie bar-to-bumper braces add further rigidity.
The 2016 CTS-V has “more precise handling and steering and a more confident feel,” Cadillac says and also “conveys strength through exceptional solidity.” Chief Cadillac engineer David Leone said “engineers tuned the CTS-V to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality.”
The Alpha chassis in standard form has been lauded by the automotive media since it debuted underneath the ATS, so it should have equal praises to pay this stiffer, stronger version of it which will underpin the new V-Series lineup.