Right on the heels of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and ATS-V Sedan that made their world debuts in Los Angeles, and several weeks ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Cadillac has unveiled the latest and greatest CTS of all: the 2016 CTS-V. This bronco-busting, steer-roping sassy pony that’s a cross between greased lightning and the place where it hits will reach 200 mph yet exhibit road manners that will be the envy of Teutons and Anglos alike.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V marks the nameplate’s third generation. Past versions have been stupendous performers but lacked a certain and discerning luxurious interior found in its rivals; but the 2016 version shows that Cadillac lined all its ducks in a row and then proceeded to shoot them like in a carnival arcade.
“V-Series represents the very best of the Cadillac brand – the pinnacle of our design and technical capabilities,” said Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen. “The new CTS-V is the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory. The new CTS-V soars into the stratosphere of the most exhilarating luxury cars.”
The 2016 CTS-V will be powered GM’s new 6.2L LT4 V8 with a 1.7L supercharger, direct injection, and Active Fuel Management (aka “cylinder deactivation”). The 640-horse motor is backed by a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission that features launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting, making the CTS-V capable of running the 0-60 sprint in 3.7 seconds. Considering that Cadillac has understated the performance of its V-series cars in the past, you can imagine the 2016 CTS-V having more than eyeball-popping acceleration.
As on the Corvette and 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, the CTS-V’s Performance Data Recorder allows drivers to record high-definition video of their driving experiences on and off the track. A driver can even choose to share the run on social media in the slight chance that the whole world needs to know. And if all this sounds exciting, then you have approximately eight months to save up your shekels because the 2016 CTS-V will hit the streets towards the end of summer 2015.
In the meantime, check out the video below, showing a highly-stylized run of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V on a dyno. One wonders what it’s putting to the ground.