Dropping the supercharged, 640 horsepower 6.2L LT4 V8 in the front the 2016 CTS-V was probably one of the easier parts for Cadillac in developing its new high-performance midsize sedan. That’s because developing the chassis, suspension and brakes were the more time-consuming aspects of the super-sedan’s development process. The CTS-V has the exact same 114.6-inch Alpha chassis as the standard CTS sedan, but several improved components help make it even more Nurburgring-worthy than its non-V relatives.
Though the 114.6-inch (2,910 mm) wheelbase is exactly the same in the CTS-V as it is in non-V CTS models, the V has wider front and rear tracks to enhance grip, stabilize the car in the corners, and make the steering feel more direct.
In The Front
A revised version of the multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension on the standard CTS appears on the CTS-V. The standard car’s suspension bushings have been replaced with cross-axis ball joints, higher-rate springs and a more rigid stabilizer bar, all yielding a 20 percent increase in roll stiffness.
Out back, a five-link rear suspension with stiffer bushings, new cradle mounts, higher rate springs and another stronger, stiffer stabilizer bar is used. The setup has a reduced roll center migration over the suspension of the standard CTS, resulting in stronger lateral control and enabling effective anti-squat geometry. A standard electronic slip differential, also featured in the CTS Vsport and the 2016 ATS-V, helps with traction and acceleration out of corners.
Magnetic Ride Control & Performance Traction Management
The 2016 CTS-V features Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) and Performance Traction Management (PTM) systems to help to adjust the car to the driver’s needs.
Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control calculates optimal damping for every inch of the road, and enables 40 percent faster damping response. The two systems enable four driver-selectable settings, including:
Offered in Track mode, Performance Traction Management offers the driver five setting of torque reduction and brake intervention (traction control).
Steering, Wheels & Tires
Other steering component improvements include:
- ZF Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering system: enables a 14 percent greater steering stiffness for improved feedback
- Light wheels: are 45 percent stiffer than those on the the previous-gen CTS-V
- Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire: because they’re sticky