640-HP, 200-MPH 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Revealed!

Article by Rick Jensen. Images courtesy of GM News.

Since its 2004 birth, the Cadillac CTS-V has gone from a frustratingly incomplete car to one of the best performance vehicles in the world. And with the all-new 2016 model sporting the Corvette Z06’s stellar LT4 engine, Cadillac’s message to the world’s super sedans is clear: we’re coming for you.

The addition of Z06’s supercharged LT4 is thrilling, but not unexpected; GM’s excellent Powertrain Division is known for screwing together powerful mills, then spreading the love across multiple car lines. In CTS-V trim (the V is in italics, so you know it’s good), the LT4 makes 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque—only 10 horses and 20 feet-pounds less than the Z06.

Of course, there’s more mass compared to that Vette—600 pounds more to be exact. But despite a portly 4,150-pound curb weight, the V should run to 60 in 3.7 seconds, and through the quarter in mid-11s, thanks to hop-resistant halfshafts, launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting in the eight-speed auto trans. For perspective, that's quicker than many times posted by twin-turbo V-8 cars with M and AMG in their names, and probably for tens of thousands of dollars less.

But face-melting acceleration alone does not a performance sedan make. The Cadillac team wanted a track-capable sports car and a commute-worthy luxury ride in one, and doubled down on the parts needed to accomplish this heady task. Third-gen Magnetic Ride Control shocks, an e-LSD rear, 15.3-/14.3-inch Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels wearing Michelin Pilot Sport tires combine with a 25 percent stiffer structure, finely tuned front multi-link and rear five-link suspension, and ZF variable-ratio electric power steering. If previous Vs are any indication, this will be a confident, comfy cruiser, right up to when the go-pedal drops.

And if the sheer number of body braces doesn’t clue you in to its performance potential, the aero bits will. This V wears aero-optimized front and rear fascias, rocker moldings, a front splitter and a rear spoiler. The air-extractor hood is made of carbon fiber, and there’s a Carbon Fiber package that makes those bits even more aggressive and carbon fiber-y.

High-end tech tricks abound in the suede/microfiber/carbon fiber interior. But when drivers are done playing with the 4G LTE and wireless inductive phone charging, they can dial up driver-selectable performance modes, Performance Traction Management and the Performance Data Recorder—then shoot for the claimed 200-mph top speed!

The V-Series has always made American performance sedan lovers proud—and the 2016 V may just take the performance sedan world by storm.

Do you think the supercharged 2016 CTS-V could ever unseat the turbo Ms and AMGs of the world in performance? Blow some hot air in the comments.


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Rick Jensen (Turboguy)

Rick's a Turbo Buick and EFI GM nut who was born in Nebraska, then reborn on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. Spent high school and college wrenching and racing before moving to NYC and spending 13 years as the editor-in-chief, editor, and writer for some of America's best automotive magazines, websites, and ad agencies. Favorite moments include running low 10s in my Turbo Buick, Exposing GM's weak-assed early CTS-V drivetrains, road racing Corvettes and Camaros, and doing high-boost launches to make my kid laugh.
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