2016 Cadillac CTS-V first view

Not only is the CTS-V a new flagship for Cadillac’s midsize model, it’s also the most powerful vehicle ever produced by the brand.

Those endorsements come courtesy of an all-aluminium supercharged 6.2 litre (376 cu. in.) V8 engine that produces 640 bhp (477 kW / 648 PS) with 855 Nm (630 lb/ft) of peak torque.

Connected to a Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission, it can propel the rear-wheel drive CTS-V from rest to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds. A top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h) is equally impressive.

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan (2016) Front Side

Naturally the chassis has been upgraded to cope with such prodigious performance. To start with, the bodyshell is 25% stiffer versus a regular CTS thanks to extra bracing, a strengthened bulkhead and the addition of an aluminium shear panel at the front.

Magnetic Ride Control adaptive damping, a Performance Traction Management system and a Brembo braking set-up are also part of the specification. Furthermore, the suspension geometry and electric power steering have been recalibrated, while 19” lightweight forged aluminium wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres should provide a decent level of grip.

Distinguishing the CTS-V are a front splitter, larger intakes beneath the main grille, redesigned bumpers, widened wheel arches a carbon fibre bonnet that incorporates a prominent extractor vent.

Completing the equipment list is a Performance Data Recorder which allows driving experiences to be recorded in HD video with data overlays. Although the results are likely to be crushingly dull, they can be viewed on the dashboard’s colour touchscreen or downloaded.

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is due to be launched in late summer next year.

Cadillac CTS-V Sedan (2016) InteriorCadillac CTS-V Sedan (2016) Rear Side

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