The newest, fiercest Cadillac 2016 CTS-V comes with big, dramatic improvements from the past model, which was already powerful. The same engine with exciting improvements is running under a lightweight carbon fiber hood. But don’t be confused, this isn’t a sport coupe. The 2016 CTS-V is more of a brutal, destructive sedan powerhouse.
The same design from its predecessor, featuring an angry update. Barbaric power generated by the luxury maker of North America, what this even mean? The race between high-performance sedans, commonly won by the Germans with their BMWs and Mercedes-Benz look different now. Let’s take a further look of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.
Disturbing Power Coming from the Same Engine
The 2016 CTS-V packs a supercharged OHV 16-valve 6.2 L V8 with improved aluminum cylinder heads and titanium intake valves. This creature generates 640 hp at 6400 RPM and 630 lb-ft of maximum torque at 3600 RPM. The maximum engine speed goes to 6600 RPM. About the transmission, the CTS-V features the GM 8L90 gearbox, which is an 8-speed automatic with manual control through shift paddles attached to the steering wheel, assisted at the same time by the Performance Algorithm Shifting system.
In performance numbers, the 2016 CTS-V goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h). The new, improved specs of the 2016 CTS-V makes it compete with the robust and dominant Dodge Viper. Active Fuel Management electronic system greatly enhance fuel consumption, which is vital, due to the massive 6.2 L upgraded engine.
This CTS-V is notably closer to the ground, due its track-focused suspension. Multi-link double-pivot MacPherson suspension is installed in the front, specially tuned for the track, and in the rear there is five-link suspension with lateral control. The Brembo high-capacity ventilated brakes are tuned for racing-like conditions and goes from 60 mph (100 km/h) to 0 in 99 ft (30 mts).
Threatening New Look on the 2016 CTS-V
The sharp-edge design is looking for establishing a pattern for future Cadillac’s. The base design has been used since a few years, but the 2016 CTS-V features really more aggressive stance. Its threatening front share most its style with the 2014 models with undoubtedly changes of enhanced aerodynamics. It has a curb weight of 4108 lb (1863 kg).
The ultra-lightweight hood features an air-extracting vent that improves engine cooling process and helps with the aerodynamic. Side air intakes were redesigned from the base version and built with carbon fiber, as many other elements of the body kit. An even lighter and aerodynamic package is also available, pushing even further the performance, mostly based on carbon fiber upgrades.
Lavish, German-Beater Interior and Final Thoughts
Wherever you look the CTS-V, you will remember high-performance sedans from Germany as the M4 reviewed on this blog. In this matter, it doesn’t forget about interior luxury and comfort, despite the massive engine producing an alarming amount of 640 horsepower.
Inside the cockpit there are cutting-edge 20-way adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats, delivering since the beginning a superb sensation. If you don’t like its premium semi-aniline leather seats, you can always go for the Recaro track-designed seats for an extra price.
Everything in the interior has an explicit high-lifestyle and opulence on it, mainly to the top-notch material used. If your need to touch something inside the cockpit, Cadillac makes sure that it’s going to be wrapped with the best components and fabrics available. Three color combinations for interior decorations: Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum and Saffron with Jet Black.
Regarding interior cool features, the CTS-V offers 12.3-inch display to work with the latest CUE infotainment system and the Bose Surround Sound audio system. There are also available with the standard version the Siri Eyes Free technology, wireless inductive phone charging and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.
Paying more attention to racing enthusiasts, the CTS-V also includes the Performance Data Recorder, originally make for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The base price is US$85.990 with plenty of extra options to improve even further the 2016 CTS-V.