2016 Cadillac CTS-V Has A Bit Of An Accident On The Nürburgring2
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is poised to be the return of the American performance car, according to Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac President. The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 will make this not only the fastest Cadillac production vehicle, but the fastest production vehicle amongst the entire General Motors portfolio.
It’s no surprise then the 2016 CTS-V is being pushed hard around the Nürburgring as Cadillac hopes to smash a record with its performance sedan, with ‘ring times forthcoming. In the latest round of testing at the famed track, it seems the 2016 CTS-V was pushed a tad too far, according to a report from AutoGuide.
It’s unclear what happened particularly, but AutoGuide’s spy shots show the entire driver’s side of the car crumpled from the headlight back. The site reports the 2016 CTS-V may have hit a wall and caused the damage. Surprisingly, the airbags did not deploy, and their photographers say the car made one last lap around before calling it quits.
You can see the photos here, and check out the damage done. We’re sure things have been straightened out by now with the minor mishap behind the Cadillac team.
- Sweepstakes Of The Month: Win a 2023 Corvette Z06 Convertible. Details here.
Test cars often have their airbags disabled. Not a surprise that it didn’t go off.
Additionally sidewall impacts (like the ones in the photo, where the car grazes the side wall) are not likely to trigger airbags. The g-forces and speed is not sufficient to warrant deployment.
Putting it another way, if the car was capable of doing another lap ‘around the ring’ – the airbags shouldn’t have gone off.
Chris you are correct as they normally disable bags in cars like this. GM normally installs a roll cage and fire system with the driver wearing a fire suit and helmet so the air bags are more of a problem than a need.
Note the C7 that crashed I saw no bags if I recall correctly.
Setting the record should be no issue for this car. I think they are looking for a time that will be hard to beat.