Automakers these days seemed to be obsessed with carbon fiber, and for good reason. There’s no substitute for the strong, lightweight material which just so happens to also look cool if left unpainted. It was General Motors’ material of choice for the optional aerodynamics package on the 2016 CTS-V, which consists of a carbon fiber front splitter, a steeply raked carbon fiber rear spoiler, a carbon fiber rear diffuser and a carbon fiber hood vent.
The CTS-V’s aero pack, nearly identical to that of the 2016 ATS-V’s, is an optional extra on the car which will improve handling and downforce when the car is travelling at speed. As air passes over the front splitter, the nose of the car is pushed into the ground, while that steep spoiler and carbon rear diffuser help sink the rear tires into the pavement. The front splitter also prevents air from passing underneath the car, which causes lift at speed. Unlike the ATS-V, the CTS-V’s carbon aero pack doesn’t include a carbon side rocker moulding for unknown reasons, although the rockers have been “aero optimized,” Cadillac says.
Also included in the package is a carbon fiber hood vent. The entire hood on the CTS-V is made from carbon fiber, a standard option, however the carbon fiber aero package also gives the extraction vent a naked carbon finish. In addition to these carbon fiber enhancements, the CTS-V also boasts completely unique body panels over the standard CTS. The front and rear fascias, fenders, hood, rear spoiler rocker mouldings are all unique to the CTS-V, giving it an unmistakable performance-oriented appearance.