Introduced in 2004 as a high-performance version of the very successful Cadillac CTS, the CTS-V sedan became known as one of the most powerful vehicles in its segment. Competing with the likes of the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the Audi RS6 (in Europe), the Cadillac CTS-V has managed to shock those in the market for a high-performance sedan.
The Cadillac CTS-V was so powerful and so well developed that it also achieved a lap time of 7:59.32 at the Nurburgring track in Germany, which was the fastest documented time for a production sedan. That feat was eventually stolen by Porsche in July 2009 with the Panamera Turbo, which lapped the famous race track in 7:56. Nonetheless, the achievement earned the Cadillac CTS-V some significant bragging rights.
Well, the Cadillac CTS-V is now in its third-generation and the 2016 model year is promising to be better than the previous models. With that in mind, we decided to feature the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V today. Let’s have look!
1. The Cadillac CTS-V is actually known for launching the brand’s high-performance V-Series brand a decade ago, so the third-generation model has a lot to live up to. Based on the third-generation Cadillac CTS sedan, the CTS-V is one sleek looking performance sedan.
2. On the inside, the Cadillac CTS-V features handcrafted cut-and-sew elements, with decorative stitching and authentic materials, including an available suede steering wheel and shift knob. The CTS-V comes in three interior color combinations including Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum accents and Saffron with Jet Black accents. You can also opt for 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance front seats
3. Now that we’ve got the exterior and interior out of the way, let’s get down to the performance of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan. Power comes from a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine making 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. That’s more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L Biturbo V8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower V8 found in its competitors!
4. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting, 0 to 60 mph comes in a blistering 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph!
5. The Cadillac CTS structure is highly mass-optimized and designed to meet higher performance requirements – however, the CTS-V has to be able to handle even tougher performance requirements. Cadillac engineers revised the shock tower-to-tower brace, shock tower-to-plenum brace, V-braces for the engine compartment, strengthened rocker bulkhead, added stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces, added an aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis and an upper tie bar-to-rear bumper braces. This helped with 20-percent greater structural stiffness than non-V models.
6. Cadillac Engineers also revised multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension for 20-percent greater roll stiffness and a ZF Steering Systems Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering gear, with 14-percent greater system stiffness.
7. The 2016 CTS-V also gets Cadillac’s third-generation Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management system that makes this beast drive harder and faster. Drivers can pick between five driver-selectable modes for desired ride and handling quality.
8. All that performance is nice, but what about the tech? Well, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V gets the new CUE system with Apple Play and Android Auto integration, Siri Eyes Free feature, wireless phone charging, and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
9. Not enough you say? Well, get this. The Cadillac CTS-V gets the brand’s new Performance Data Recorder system that allows you to record and view track driving experience by capturing real-time video, cabin audio and performance data. You can then share that video on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels when the vehicle is parked. Talk about awesome!
10. So you really want to know what kind of damage you’ll have to do to your wallet to buy the new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V? $84,990* is the base MSRP price and goes up from there depending on options, packages, delivery and other fees. Also, the new CTS-V has an estimated fuel economy of 14/21 mpg** (city/highway).
To learn more or to see one in person, stop by your nearby AutoNation-affiliated Cadillac dealership today.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.