2016 Cadillac CTS-V
Two years after the launch of the all-new, third-generation Cadillac CTS Sedan comes the new, high-performance flagship of the CTS family — the CTS-V.
Cadillac labels the 2016 CTS-V as the centerpiece of its growing product line that builds on the V-Series legacy and leverages the strength of the award-winning CTS architecture to deliver the most capable V-Series ever. The result, according to Cadillac, is a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and unprecedented performance as well as true track capability straight from the factory.
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- CTS-V Crystal White Frost
The 2016 CTS-V is the third generation of the acclaimed luxury sports sedan that launched Cadillac’s elite V-Series a decade ago – and redefined Cadillac for a new generation of drivers.
“V-Series represents the very best of the Cadillac brand – the pinnacle of our design, performance and technology that coalesce in our most substantive products,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “The original CTS-V established that benchmark and this new, third-generation example puts it on the world stage.”
The 2016 CTS-V introduces a new supercharged 6.2L V8 engine SAE certified at 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 630 pound-feet of torque (855 Nm). It’s backed by Cadillac’s eight-speed 8L90 automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters as well as launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting.
The new CTS-V has more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower (twin-turbo) V8, and is capable of 0-60 mph performance in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.
Track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged powertrain and elevate CTS-V’s capability, performance and driver control to new thresholds, while enabling track driving without modifications or special procedures. Key performance technologies of the third-gen CTS-V include:
- All-new 6.2L supercharged V8 LT4 engine SAE-certified at 640 hp (477 kW) and 630 pound-feet of torque (855 Nm)
- Standard carbon fiber hood and available carbon fiber hood vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser
- Brembo high-performance brake system
- Gen 3 Magnetic Ride Control with 40 percent faster damping response
- Selectable driving modes for touring, sport, snow and track
- Performance Traction Management includes segment-exclusive performance-spec traction and stability calibrations
- An interior with high-performance seats and ergonomics focused on performance driving
- Available Performance Data Recorder
- Cadillac CUE enhancements, including phone integration capability – with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability (Android Auto capability to be offered later in the 2016 model year)
Almost every exterior panel on the CTS-V is unique, from the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings – and every one was designed to support the car’s capability, contributing to favorable aerodynamic properties that include lift reduction, enhanced cooling or both.
The unique exterior elements include:
- A lightweight carbon fiber hood features an air-extracting vent that not only pulls hot air out of the engine compartment, but helps reduce lift at speed by channeling air pulled through the radiator out and over the top of car rather than allowing trapped air to exit under the car
- Unique front and rear fascias provide optimal aero performance, with larger grille openings in the front fascia to feed more air to the supercharged engine. Even the mesh pattern of the signature grille openings is enlarged to allow more air into the radiator and multiple heat exchangers
- A front splitter enhances handling by forcing air to push down on the front of the car rather than flow under it, where it can cause lift
- Wider fenders to accommodate the wide, 19-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
- The rocker moldings and rear spoiler are aero-optimized
- The forged aluminum wheels and brake calipers are offered in three finishes, allowing owners to personalize the appearance of the CTS-V
- An available, all-carbon fiber package takes aero performance and mass optimization to higher levels. It includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent trim, rear diffuser and a taller, exposed-carbon fiber rear spoiler
“V-Series is the emotive core of Cadillac and the apex of the brand’s Art and Science design philosophy,” said Andrew Smith, executive director, Cadillac Global Design. “The CTS-V reflects that with a bold sense of arrival, serious performance, seamless integration of technology and precision in its craftsmanship. The exposed carbon fiber components, for example, are book-matched on the centerline for a more precise, tailored appearance.”
Exterior colors of the 2016 CTS-V Sedan include:
- Crystal White Tricoat
- Red Obsession Tintcoat
- Crystal White Frost
- Phantom Gray Metallic
- Radiant Silver Metallic
- Black Raven
- Stellar Black Metallic
Just like the non-V 2014, 2015, and 2016 Cadillac CTS, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is exclusively available in four-door sedan body style.
It is currently unclear whether Cadillac will introduce two-door coupe, two-door convertible, or five-door wagon variants of the third-generation CTS. If it does, then high-performance V variants of each body variant are likely.
- Crystal White Tricoat
- Red Obsession Tintcoat
- Crystal White Frost
- Phantom Gray Metallic
- Radiant Silver Metallic
- Black Raven
- Stellar Black Metallic
Interior color combinations:
- Jet Black
- Jet Black with Light Platinum accents
- Saffron with Jet Black accents
The CTS-V’s dual-purpose capability carries over to the interior, where the design and relationship of key components are focused expressly on performance-driving ergonomics.
With the kids of performance the new CTS-V is capable of delivering, the cabin needs to be just as functional as the other vehicle systems. As such, “all of the contact points – the steering wheel, seats, shifter and pedals – are designed to make performance driving experiences direct and intuitive”, said Andrew Smith, executive director, Cadillac Global Design.
Recaro Performance Seats
Available 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance front seats are the lynchpins for the driving experience, with aggressive, adjustable bolsters that help hold the driver and front passenger in place during high-load cornering. They also have a luxury-performance feel, trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks. Twenty-way-adjustable, semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats with sueded microfiber inserts are standard.
The rest of the interior features Cadillac’s handcrafted cut-and-sew elements, with decorative stitching and authentic materials, including an available sueded steering wheel and shift knob.
Three interior color combinations are offered:
- Jet Black
- Jet Black with Light Platinum accents
- Saffron with Jet Black accents
Technology makes life with the CTS-V more convenient.
For instance, the vehicle features the ability to remotely start the engine or lower the windows with the key fob or the owner’s smartphone. EZ Key passive entry and push-button starting is standard, too, so the key never needs to leave the driver’s pocket or purse.
Available interior technology features include:
- OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (included with Cadillac CUE)
- Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition
- Text-to-voice, which converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers
- USB and auxiliary input ports
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription
- Reconfigurable 12.3-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display that’s unique to the CTS-V
- Full-color reconfigurable head-up display
- Bose surround sound system
- Performance Data Recorder
- Automatic Park Assist
- Curbview Camera
Unique Instrument Panel Cluster Display
The 2016 CTS-V features a unique version of the high-definition, 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster display, with V-Series graphics and distinctive gauge readouts and complementing full-color head-up display.
The vehicle is also equipped with the latest connectivity technologies from Cadillac, as follows.
CUE Infotainment System
Cadillac CUE is the centerpiece of the CTS’ comprehensive collection of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience and complement customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles.
The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and featuring a motorized, fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. CUE’s vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands.
Upgrades and enhancements for 2016 include improved system speed and performance, faster, more accurate map loading and voice command execution, faster service reprogramming, redesigned navigation interfaces, single-press mute navigation voice/cancel route, expanded cities with 3D maps, route information and next maneuver and BT Media browsing.
CUE connectivity and convenience features also include Text Message Alerts for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.) and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity – and helps keep phones stored and hands on the wheel. Wireless phone charging is also offered.
Phone Integration Technology
Debuting in 2016 CTS models, Cadillac’s CUE system with an eight-inch-diagonal multi-touch screen is compatible with Apple CarPlay, a phone integration technology that puts iPhone features (iPhone 5 and later) on the display in a smart, simple manner. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a steering wheel button, helping drivers spend more time with their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features most owners want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display to allow them to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include:
- And compatible third-party apps
Android Auto compatibility will be available later in the 2016 model year.
OnStar 4G LTE With Wi-Fi Hotspot
Complementing CUE to enhance the CTS’ connectivity is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.
4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G and 100 times faster than the previous generation of OnStar hardware. And with OnStar, it also offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it’s easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.
At the time of purchase, six months OnStar Guidance includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as Turn-by-Turn navigation.
Five years of OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped) as well as activate the horn and lights from anywhere with a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics (OVD), which runs monthly checks of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Maintenance Notification (DMN), which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer, simplifying service scheduling.
Bose Centerpoint Audio
A 13-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with Active Noise Cancelation technology is standard on the CTS-V Sedan.
Performance Data Recorder
A Performance Data Recorder (PDR) onboard the CTS-V allows drivers to record high-definition video, with data overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track, enabling sharing on social media.
Automatic Park Assist
The 2016 CTS-V offers front and rear park assist, as well as Automatic Park Assist – which enables the car to park itself in parallel and perpendicular spaces.
The available Curbview Camera provides a view of the lower-front of the CTS-V to help protect the front splitter when parking.
The power behind the new CTS-V’s capability is the all-new 6.2L supercharged V8 LT4 engine that makes more power and is more efficient than the 6.2L supercharged V8 LSA engine in the last-generation CTS-V. The new LT4 makes 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. It employs a more-efficient, more-compact 1.7L supercharger and matches it with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation).
The supercharger’s rotors are smaller in diameter than the LSA, allowing higher maximum rpm – and quicker “spin up” that enables power-enhancing boost to be generated earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.
The Cadillac supercharged engine also has several unique features designed to support its high output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads, as well as lightweight titanium intake valves.
Complementing the 6.2L supercharged V8 LT4 is the new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission tuned for world-class shift-response times. In addition, smaller steps between gears keep the engine within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.
The new 8L90 transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles as well as Performance Algorithm Shifting to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many luxury performance sedans, but with the smoothness and refinement that come with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.
Unlike the first- and second-generation CTS-V, the 2016 CTS-V will not offer a manual transmission.
Like all third-generation Cadillac CTSes, the 2016 CTS-V Sedan rides on GM’s Alpha platform. The architecture is shared with the following vehicles:
The CTS’s structure is already highly mass optimized and designed to meet higher performance requirements. However, the structure is enhanced even further for the CTS-V to enable it to respond to cornering and torque loads that go significantly beyond the levels experienced by the non-V models.
Unique and revised elements include:
- Shock tower-to-tower brace
- Shock tower-to-plenum brace
- V-braces for the engine compartment
- Strengthened rocker bulkhead
- Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces
- A unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis
- Upper tie bar-to-rear bumper braces
The enhancements contribute nearly 20-percent greater structural stiffness than non-V models, more precise handling and more direct steering responsiveness. The result is a more confident feel from a vehicle that conveys strength through exceptional solidity.
“With the stronger body structure – and more than a decade of V-Series production models and the CTS-V racing program experience – engineers tuned the CTS-V to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality,” said David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “The result is class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement.”
Wheelbase & Tracks
The CTS-V shares the same 114.6-inch (2,910 mm) wheelbase as the CTS non-V-Series models, but features wider front and rear footprints that enhance grip, reduce body motion in turns and contribute to more direct-feeling steering.
Wheels & Tires
Nineteen-inch wheels wrapped with specially-developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires give the CTS-V its footprint and enable nearly 1g in lateral acceleration. The lightweight, forged aluminum wheels – measuring 9.5 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear – are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce un-sprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs.
In fact, the wheels are 45-percent stiffer than previous CTS-V wheels, while the Michelin tires feature a tri-compound tread that delivers excellent grip in performance driving situations, but delivers excellent ride quality characteristics and extended tread wear.
Magnetic Ride Control
Th 2016 CTS-V features the third-generation Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management. Five driver-selectable modes include the segment’s only competition-level settings for stability and traction control for improved and consistent cornering performance.
Magnetic Ride Control “reads” the road a thousand times per second, sending data to magneto-rheological fluid-filled dampers that can independently control the damping characteristics of all four dampers. Third-generation improvements enable 40-percent faster damping response. In fact, at 60 mph, the third-generation Magnetic Ride Control system calculates the optimal damping force for every inch of the road.
Additional CTS-V Chassis Contributions
Additional contributors to the CTS-V’s responsive, connected and track-capable driving experience include:
- A revised multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension delivers a quicker response and increased lateral control, incorporating “hydro” bushings, where traditional elastomeric bushings are replaced with zero-compliance cross-axis ball joints, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar – for 20-percent greater roll stiffness
- The ZF Steering Systems Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering gear, with 14-percent greater system stiffness for an improved feeling of precision and greater driver feedback
- Cadillac’s five-link rear suspension features reduced roll center migration, stronger lateral control and effective anti-squat geometry, complementing the front suspension with greater body motion control. Contributing components include stiffer bushings, new cradle mounts, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar
- A standard electronic limited-slip differential supports optimal traction and enables maximum corner exit acceleration
- Larger prop shafts and greater half-shaft asymmetry (stiffer driver’s side shaft) mitigate power hop during acceleration
- A Brembo brake system provides durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance. The system includes 15.3-inch-diameter (390 mm) front Duralife rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diamter (365 mm) rear Duralife rotors with four-piston calipers
The Cadillac CTS-V Sedan will take on high-performance midsize sport luxury cars from Germany, including models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi:
- BMW M5 Sedan
- Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 & AMG E63 S Sedan
- Audi RS6 Sedan
- Lexus GS-F Sedan
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is offered in one well-equipped trim level called “Standard”.
The 2016 CTS-V Sedan has a starting MSRP of $83,995 and tops out at $102,630.
Download the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V order guide (in PDF format) by following this link:
Cadillac unveiled the 2016 CTS-V at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2015.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan began arriving on dealer lots in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is officially available in markets where Cadillac has an official presence, including:
- United States
- Middle East
- Europe (limited presence)
On October 16th, 2015, Cadillac announced that it is celebrating the launch of its 2016 model year V-Series family with exclusive, limited-production Crystal White Frost Editions.
The models feature a special production run of low-gloss Crystal White Frost exterior paint that first appeared for the world premiere announcements of the new V-Series models, where Cadillac says it received “positive consumer reaction”.
The CTS-V Crystal White Frost edition includes select V-Series wheels and Carbon Fiber and Luxury packages that are optional on the “regular” (non-Crystal White Frost Editions) V-Series models.
See complete information on the 2016 CTS-V Crystal White Frost Edition.
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Overview
|Model:||Cadillac CTS-V Sedan|
|Body style / driveline:||4-door sport luxury sedan (RWD)|
|Construction:||unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension|
|Vehicle class:||midsize luxury sedan|
|Key competitors:||BMW M5 Sedan, Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 Sedan / Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Sedan, Audi RS6 Sedan, Lexus GS-F Sedan|
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Engine
|Engine:||6.2L supercharged V8 LT4|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||376 / 6162|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92|
|Block material:||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||overhead valve, two valves per cylinder|
|Fuel delivery:||direct injection|
|Lubrication system:||wet sump|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||640 / 477 @ 6400 (SAE certified)|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):||630 / 855 @ 3600 (SAE certified)|
|Max. engine speed (rpm):||6600|
|Recommended fuel:||premium required|
|GM-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):||14 / 21|
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Transmission
|Type:||paddle-shift eight-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch|
|Gear ratios (:1)|
|Final drive ratio:||2.85|
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Chassis & Suspension
|Front suspension:||MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints and direct-acting stabilizer bar; Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts|
|Rear suspension:||independent five-link with Magnetic Ride Control|
|Steering type:||ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable assist|
|Steering ratio:||15.5 (on center) to 11.2 (full lock)|
|Steering turns, lock to lock:||2.37|
|Turn circle (ft / m):||40.3 / 12.3|
|Chassis control:||four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist and traction control; Performance Traction Management|
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Wheels & Tires
|Front / Rear||Wheel Size and Type||Tire Size|
|Front:||19 x 9.5-inch front||265/35ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport|
|Rear:||19 x 10-inch rear aluminum||295/30ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport|
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Brakes
|Type:||four-wheel disc; four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP; Brembo brakes with staggered six-piston calipers (front) and four-piston calipers (rear)|
|Rotor type and thickness (front) (in / mm):||15.35 x 1.41 (390 x 36) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance|
|Rotor type and thickness (rear) (in / mm):||14.37 x 1.10 (365 x 28) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance|
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Exterior Dimensions
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||114.6 / 2910|
|Length (in / mm):||197.6 / 5021|
|Height (in / mm):||57.2 / 1454|
|Width (in / mm):||72.2 / 1833|
|Track (front) (in / mm):||62.1 / 1577|
|Track (rear) (in / mm):||61.2 / 1554|
|Curb weight (lb / kg):||4145 / 1880|
|Weight distribution (% front / rear):||52.7 / 47.3|
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Interior Dimensions
|Legroom (front) (in / mm):||45.7 / 1160|
|Legroom (rear) (in / mm):||35.4 / 899|
|Headroom (front) (in / mm):||40.4 / 1026|
|Headroom (rear) (in / mm):||37.5 / 952|
|Shoulder room (front) (in / mm):||56.9 / 1446|
|Shoulder room (rear) (in / mm):||54.8 / 1392|
|Hip room (front) (in / mm):||53.8 / 1366|
|Hip room (rear) (in / mm):||53.3 / 1353|
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Capacities
|Seating capacity (front / rear):||2 / 3|
|EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L):||97 / 2746|
|EPA trunk volume (cu ft / L):||13.7 / 388|
|Fuel tank (gal / L):||19 / 72|
|Engine oil (qt / L):||10 / 9.5|
|Cooling system (qt / L):||11.9 / 11.3|
- 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Crystal White Frost Edition