640 hp was once a figure reserved for some of the most exotic of super cars. Now, it’s standard-issue firepower in Cadillac’s super saloon: the 2016 CTS-V.
While the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and its power is sure to astonish anyone behind the wheel, Cadillac wants to stay on top of the performance mountain, as competitors ready product and performance to contest the 2016 CTS-V.
Why so soon? Because the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class are due for extensive refreshes for 2017, subsequently housing the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG, and there’s no denying both automakers will be putting its targets on the CTS-V, which currently outguns both by more than 80 hp.
“The Cold War continues,” said the unnamed source. “I don’t know where it stops, but it’s not at 640 hp, that’s for sure.”
The LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 currently makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft in its halo application, the 2016 C7 Corvette Z06, but it sounds as if there is plenty of room for those figures to climb when Cadillac finishes massaging the powerplant.