It’s fair to say General Motors dominated at Car and Driver’s Lightning Lap competition. The 2016 C7 Corvette Z06 took top honors, but the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V wasn’t too far behind, placing among some very competitive vehicles. With a time of 2:56.8, the gen-3 CTS-V Lightning Lap time was just 0.9 seconds behind the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and 0.6 seconds quicker than the 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10. The CTS-V’s immediate rival, the BMW M5, managed a relatively piggish 3:05.2.
C&D hands the title of four-door Corvette (once reserved for the Pontiac G8 GXP) rightfully over to the 2016 CTS-V. And we’re okay with that because, as we experienced in our first drive of Cadillac’s super saloon, it earns every single letter comprising its nickname.
The only places where the publication thought the 2016 CTS-V showed weakness was in its Michelin Pilot Super Sports, which lost grip when pushed to the limits. The sedan also felt, well, sedan-y in the corners, especially around the Horse Shoe corner, according to experience.
With its rivals poised for more power and redesigns, Cadillac won’t be caught standing still. It’s rumored the CTS-V is up for a sizable power increase, and we can’t wait to see what a little more finesse can do to an already-super super sedan.