2016 Cadillac CTS-V Review

"V" is for Vengeance

A firm, progressive squeeze of the brake pedal eradicates surplus velocity as I smoothly crank the wheel starboard …

My high-powered steed responds with enthusiasm, diving into turn 14, Road America’s final corner before the front straight. A steady foot on the accelerator maintains momentum while executing this maneuver.

Apex behind me, I gently unwind the tiller until the car’s nose is pointed straight enough so I can push it wide-open down this circuit’s fastest section. Fractions of a second pass like minutes, my right foot trembling with anticipation. Finally it’s go time.

In an instant the siren song of a supercharged V8 fills the cabin, whinnying as all 640 horses threaten to break free from their carbon fiber-capped enclosure. The thrust is astounding, abundant enough to make your ears pop while cresting the small rise a few hundred feet ahead.

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My palms, lightly gripping the suede-wrapped steering wheel remain dry, even as the deceleration zone approaches at unworldly speed. “Damn,” I think to myself, “Just missed it.” The digital readout indicates 149 miles an hour as I once more call on the Brembo binders with urgency. “Just one MPH short of a buck-fifty,” I mutter to myself. Missing this milestone is hardly the car’s fault; I ran out of courage long before the 2016 CTS-V stopped pulling.

Big Numbers Make Small Ones

This high-performance four-door has always been Cadillac’s bad-boy and now it’s back. This third-generation model is more powerful and capable than ever before, accordingly it’s also the biggest threat to Germanic hegemony to come out of Detroit in years.

Taking this fight to the fatherland, 2016 CTS-Vs are powered by a 6.2-liter small block. There’s nothing terribly exotic about this LT4 V8, but the whole package works exceptionally well. With old-school pushrods and just two valves per cylinder it sounds about as antiquated as churning your own butter. However, the results are anything but.

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Horsepower measures 640 while torque clocks in at 630 lb-ft. Both figures are SAE certified so you can shop with confidence. Helping this humble engine deliver torrents of silky-smooth thrust at just about any speed is a force-multiplying Eaton supercharger. This belt-driven blower delivers the goods along with an intoxicating whine that encourages you to drive harder than is legally advisable.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Shifter 01Torque is sent to the rear axle through an eight-speed automatic, the only transmission available. Speaking briefly with the chief engineer, he claims it shifts just as quickly as a dual-clutch unit but with greater refinement because it has a traditional torque converter. And he’s not wrong; this unit is seriously quick and super smooth. It also helps with efficiency. Fuel economy measures 14 miles per gallon city, 21 highway; but these concerns are like worrying about living room paint colors as your house burns down.

With more gears than there are days of the week and huge amounts of horsepower this car provides one other very large number: a top speed of 200 miles an hour. Big digits notwithstanding, there’s a miniscule figure that also needs reporting. Mile-a-minute velocity can be had in a scant 3.7 seconds, meaning the CTS-V is faster than a BMW M5 and dead even with an Audi RS 7.

Go-Fast Goodies

Enabling these heroic numbers is a long list of technological goodies, features that amplify this car’s driving enjoyment.

Ensuring all of that performance capability is manageable, the CTS-V comes standard with high-performance Brembo brakes. Up front, six-pot calipers clamp down on rotors that are more than 15 inches in diameter (390 millimeters). The rear binders measure 14-plus inches (365 millimeters) and feature four-piston calipers.

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One of the V’s most impressive features is its third-generation Magnetic Ride Control system. This adjustable suspension can provide boulevard smoothness when needed and tenacious grip while hot-lapping your favorite circuit. At the push of a console-mounted rocker switch the entire car’s character transforms from house cat to Bengal tiger. With refinement and ferocity, the CTS-V is a button-tufted battle axe ready to cleave its rivals in two, all without spilling your morning coffee.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Badge 01Nineteen-inch wheels are standard and make a tasteful design statement, but more important than appearance, these rims provide a mounting place for Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires. With a special blend of tread compounds these rubber doughnuts serve up nearly 1 G of lateral grip and greater wear resistance, particularly on the shoulders, which are usually the first parts destroyed while lapping at track.

Helping ensure those fancy tires don’t go up in smoke with every prod of the accelerator, GM has included a standard electronic limited-slip differential for enhanced traction in all conditions.

Finally, the CTS-V offers a Performance Data Recorder, which allows you to capture high-definition video of your drives, with information overlays things like speed, engine RPM and steering angle.

Other Amenities

Standard goodies include a carbon-fiber hood, adaptive high-intensity discharge headlamps and quad exhaust tips so the engine can exhale as easily as it breathes in. Of course items like front and rear park assist, a Bose sound system and a reconfigurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are included at no extra cost. The CTS-V’s color heads-up display is also useful, particularly while on a track.

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Drivers and passengers are treated to a suitably luxurious interior that’s hand crafted with top-shelf materials; real leather, metal and carbon fiber are used throughout, giving it the look – and more importantly feel – of quality.

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This company’s CUE infotainment system has received much derision over the years, though fortunately Cadillac’s latest iteration responds much faster. However, navigating its various menus is still a bit confusing. Easing these pains, the car is equipped with 4G LTE connectivity for on-the-go internet. Also, iPhonies will love Apple CarPlay, which is integrated into CUE.

Driven in Anger

I’m extremely lucky to have sampled the CTS-V on a closed course, to really experience its crushing power and handling prowess. Clocking in at slightly more than four miles, Road America is the perfect venue to evaluate this thoroughbred sports sedan.

As one might expect, those 640 horses endow it with rib cage-crushing acceleration. There’s never a time when it doesn’t accelerate like a ballistic missile. On top of that, the supercharger’s scream is exhilarating, though perhaps a bit too muted.

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The CTS-V’s pizza-sized brake rotors can take a pounding. Repeated stops from 100-plus miles an hour resulted in essentially zero fade. Their ability to create and then dissipate heat is incredible. Best of all the pedal modulation is perfect, neither too jumpy nor overly mushy.

Keeping you glued to the track like cheese melted to toast are those gummy Michelin tires, which proved to be surprisingly resilient, evidencing minimal wear after many consecutive hot laps.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Head Light 01Making sure your body can handle all of those lateral G’s are optional Recaro front seats, a $2,300 option. The standard buckets adjust in 20 different ways but these are more limited, moving in “only” 16 directions. Still, they provide ample support while carving corners, even for slender people like me who need extra bolstering.

While negotiating tight turns at speed the CTS-V responds with enthusiasm. Yes, it’s a big car and it always feels that way, with broad shoulders and a long body, but it’s still incredibly agile, driving like something smaller and lighter than 4,145 pounds.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Pricing Advantage

A little more than two tons is quite an achievement for a modern luxury vehicle, especially one that runs like this. Engineers did their best to keep weight in check; they also did an admirable job managing costs.

The new CTS-V starts at just 10 bucks less than 85 grand, including $995 in freight charges. That’s quite a bargain compared to the BMW M5 for instance, which kicks off at about $96,000. If you’re wondering, it’s also 24 grand less expensive than an entry-level Audi RS 7! This Caddy isn’t just a great performance machine; it’s a tremendous value as well.

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The CTS-V I evaluated stickered for $92,580 out the door. Options that inflated its price included things like Recaro buckets; $1,600 for the luxury package, which includes tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats and more; $1,300 for the Performance Data Recorder; and an extra $300 for a suede-slathered steering wheel and gear shifter.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Review: The Verdict

With crushing speed, incredibly dynamics and a healthy dose of luxury, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is a shining star in a segment of luminaries. It comes closer to flawless than many people might expect and is easily one of the best cars this company has ever built.

My complaints about it are minor. The backup camera seems to have appallingly low resolution, CUE is a bit confusing and the driving position never quite fit me. Still, these sins are easily forgiven, especially after one lap around a track.

Discuss this story on our Cadillac Forum.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    Price and GM reliability are the only things keeping me from desiring this car.

  • Rickers

    What? For the price it’s a steal?!?

  • mrkwong

    You wanna play, you gotta pay, and the CTS-V gets you a seat at the table for at least $20K less than anything else comparable off the showroom floor.

    I understand concerns about reliability, but we’re talking about a generation of very complex vehicles, and in terms of basic powertrain durability it’s hard to fault the parts in the V.

    Every vehicle in this class has its weaknesses, for the first few years that’s on the dealer and manufacturer to deal with, after that should you keep it that long it’s just you, your scan tool, and your wrenches and at that point I think I’d rather deal with an LS9 and widely-known GM electronics than a twin-turbo Benz or BMW (or, God forbid, a Jag.)

    Now, as long as the paint and upholstery hold up…

  • Jim Mc Cool

    OK, Steal me one. Thanks.

  • angry

    lol. I do think they offer a good value, but it’s still a lot of money, no matter the value.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    Four years and Four months and my Jag has had one free service call per year to change the oil. All my GM cars were constantly in the repair shop and this includes, Pontiacs, Buicks, Chevrolets and 3 Corvettes.

  • whateverdude

    Very nice Cadillac, but that interior is just plain boring.

  • Lar Dog

    What a BAD ASS. I want to put this engine in my 1995 Trans Am, or even a 2002 WS6 that I might buy soon.

  • Decipherer

    Hi from Australia,

    Unfortunately, we can’t get our hands on the Cadillac CTS-V.

    The closest equivalent we have is the Holden Special Vehicle (HSV) GTS. It runs the same 6.2 litre supercharged V8. It is available with a 6 speed manual or automatic.

    I think that the GTS would be about 250 Lb lighter than the CTS-V. The GTS has spirited performance.

    If the HSV-GTS has made you curious; then go to the HSV cars website.

  • Phil Klosterman

    Yes those Jags are Notoriously Trouble Free LOL

  • Hannibal Dobbs

    Who is going to change all of those fan belts?

  • Phil Klosterman

    GM cars are far more reliable than BMW Merc or Audi ever dreamed of

  • Rickers

    Amen! This is a seriously expensive machine. You can get a FAST Corvette for a lot less.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    I know it doesn’t seem to make sense, because Lucas and Ford motor Company ruined Jag’s reputation, but now they are very close to the top on the J.D. Powers reliance surveys.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    Phil, I won’t argue with you, but I will say 9 out of the 40 cars I have owned have been GM. One was reliable, a 1953 Catalina Pontiac. Great car. The other 8, not dependable. You be the Jury.

  • BM1

    Craig Cole is absolutely correct about the CTS/CTS-V & it’s unfavorable driving position. The interior ergonomics are absolutely abysmal as the low, awkward sunken seating & narrow, cramped cabin make the CTS very cumbersome to drive comfortably

  • 2011CTSV

    The Corvette is a sports car with 2 doors and no back seat. The CTS-V is a luxury sports sedan, there’s a huge difference. You’re not going to be cross shopping a Corvette with a CTS-V. You’re going to cross shop a CTS-V with an M5 and an E63.

    And the CTS-V is quite a bit cheaper than both of those, and quite a bit faster and better on a track.

  • guest

    A little biased aren’t you?

  • guest

    All 2 of them? Changed mine in the driveway in a few minutes after 140K figured it was about time.

  • guest

    I love the Holden based Chevy SS you guys build a nice car and I loved the G-8.

  • Decipherer

    Thanks for your reply.
    The USA Chevrolet SS – the Aussie equivalent is the Holden SSV Redline. My SSV Redline has 6 speed manual transmission and it hauls 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds.
    It is now 2 years old – every drive is a delight, and it has been absolutely faultless. It is the best Holden that I have ever driven.
    Folks over here are trading in their BMW’s and Mercedes Benz on the Holden SSVR….it is simply better.

  • guest

    I have owned many vehicles in the last 50 yrs and most were GM products. I did dabble in Fords, Chrysler s and VW’s and have run many of my GM’s over 200K miles without any major problems. The Chryslers both had transmission and engine problems at just over 100k. The Ford’s nickle and dime’d me to death but then I can and did most of my own repairs. Only one of my 11 new GM’s had to go back for warranty repairs. Too many people don’t know how to maintain or diagnous problems and get ripped off by service departments. My Camaro Z28 has over 144k miles with only an alternator change along with tires and brakes. It still runs fantastic looks good and gets 18-25 mpg with over 375hp.

  • guest

    I want a new SS but my Camaro Z28 with 144k miles still runs so good with a 6 spd and LS1 325hp/334tq at the wheels I hate to get rid of it. I think I will get one before they stop production and just keep the Z :o) PS: hope to visit your lovely country as I have lots of distant relatives on the Gold Coast.

  • BM1

    Yes, because my observations are actually based on extensive personal experience with the car (CTS V series).

  • Decipherer

    The Z28 was a fun car.

    For 2016, the Chev SS and the Holden SSVR are being heavily revised. The SSVR moves up from the 6 litre to the 6.2 litre V8. Rumour has it that the car Elizabeth Plant is going to build for the USA may be fitted with a supercharger to counter Chrysler’s Hellcat.

    We live in interesting times indeed.
    I live just North of the Gold Coast in the beautiful Redland City.
    Yanks, Canadians, Kiwi’s and Aussies are all very similar – so you will find the people not much different.

    Have a good Queensland holiday.

  • Phil Klosterman

    What years were they? If they were between 1974 and 1994 I’d have to give the entire Domestic auto industry an F. Those 20 years were a nightmare. That was however, a long time ago. I currently own 3 GM products. 2006 Buick Rainier 145k / 2002 suburban 202k plus my wife’s 2014 awd Regal turbo. My SUV’s have needed very little. My Buick has The orig brakes and serpentine belt.

  • Phil Klosterman

    Doesn’t ford still engineer a lot of vehicles for JLD ?

  • Hannibal Dobbs

    I agree with BM1.
    Do all younger people have a small firm tight ass?
    I have sat in virtually all new GM cars and trucks (same for Ford) and all have small hard seats with huge center consoles.
    I just don’t get it and may never get it.
    Pay a kazillion dollars for a fancy car and driving position and seating are uncomfortable?
    And after viewing video on this Cadillac – the suspension system may be the pinnacle of electronics – but what is the cost to fix this when it breaks? OK. Maybe the buyers of new Cadillacs – just buy a new one – and never have to worry about such.
    I don’t want any supercharged/turbo on any engine in any car I buy. Another sophisticated electronic component that will cost a months salary to fix when it breaks.
    Is the race for sales – a race to place the most electronics on a car?
    On another note. I was sitting in waiting room of Cadillac dealership – and I began a conversation with little old lady whose Cadillac was in dealership shop for service.
    One of her LED bulbs was out on the third brake light. She told me $800.00 to fix one bulb.
    Apparently the whole third brake light had to be replaced just because one LED bulb was out.
    Not sure where she came up with the $800.00. But the whole module had to be replaced with just one LED bulb out. Just view the headlights of this new Cadillac. How many LED’s are in the headlights? And if one LED bulb goes out – how much to replace? Anyone?

  • Jim Mc Cool

    I think you are correct. Most dealerships can’t find the problem and don’t know what do do when they figure out what’s wrong.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    Yes ,7 of the 9 were built in the time frame mentioned. You sure have had better luck than me.

  • Wayne Wilder

    Without question, this statement is FACT. Previous Audi S4 owner, now a CTS-V owner. However, build quality of Audi is superior to GM, but the amount of electronics and engineering complexity in majority of today’s German cars is ridiculous and requires a dealer to repair even the most subtle issue. Porsche is a great example, their cars are so complex to work on, which means they are not very reliable and require tools/software to manage repairs that diminish the value of long term ownership. Back on point, Phil nailed it – GM products are by far, much more reliable, and allow you to actually OWN the car vs. having to sell it after the warranty is up. I am not biased as I love all cars – all manufacturers have great years on certain models. I do believe the CTS-V is a “Love Child” of GM and not just another car to produce revenue. It’s a statement to its competitors and to those who care about Value. The engineering and thinking behind the V flat out works. I will always love my German’s work of art, but if you want to actually OWN a vehicle and be satisfied every day – the V delivers.

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  • guest

    From the early 90s up I have been putting 200k miles on and only getting rid of my GM’s because I live in the rust belt. I pulled an engine and trans from a 92 Blazer with 230k due to the body rusting out and sold the drivetrain as it ran perfect no smoke and trans was perfect also. They are cheap to maintain and the new ones are great to drive compared to the 70s and 80s when all the big 3 built substandard vehicles.

  • guest

    Haven’t heard about the supercharged SS yet but I will ask an insider at GM. My 2000 Z28 has been the most bang for the buck I have owned of my over 40 cars and trucks. As a Canadian born car lover I have always looked with much interest at the Aussie built cars and think you have had a great variety there. Have a wonderful holiday and look for my long lost relatives, last name “Trickett”

  • guest

    If you can get a 2002 WS6 at a good price buy it. I have a 2002 Z28 with all the SS parts and it is a great car most bang for the buck I have ever had. It has a 6 spd , leather, t-tops, hurst shifter and every other option. With over 144k miles it still runs great and looks great with 325hp/334tq at the wheels almost stock no headers just a cat back magnaflow and slp air box. A good dyno tune is worth the money on these cars as I picked up almost 50 hp.

  • Yoo Jastle

    Here the GM and Ford owners yearn to trade up to a Benz, BMW, or Audi, but can’t afford it.

  • Yoo Jastle

    Well, except they taught Jag how to build cars and make money….

  • Yoo Jastle

    I had a 74 Z28, 75 Nova LN, 76 Olds Cutlass, 78 Trans Am, 79 Corvette, 81 Corvette, 84 Corvette….all junk.

  • Yoo Jastle

    …until long term value or collectability comes into play…then you’re happy with your Euro sedan..

  • 2011CTSV

    No, not “until” anything. The CTS-V is faster, better on a track, better on the street and cheaper than the M5, the E63, and everything else in that class. The end. No “until”.

    Long term value, are you kidding me? BMWs and Mercs depreciate so fast they’re almost disposable. Go ahead and look up resale value for the 2009-2015 CTS-V. CTS-Vs hold their value, son.

    And none these cars are collectable, so I’m not sure what point you were trying to make there.

  • 2011CTSV

    I have a 2nd gen CTS-V with 82k miles on it, and I’m still using the original magnetic shocks. Does that answer your question? Your fear of forced induction is just completely stupid. Forced induction has been around a long time, it’s not going to break. Also, that’s why you have a warranty.

    It seems like you live your life in fear of anything that could go wrong, and of course that would apply to any car, not just Cadillacs. Cadillacs are one of the more reliable cars you can buy these days, go look at Audi or BMW at JD Power if you want a good example of that.

  • Decipherer

    G’day Jim,
    Two years ago, I purchased an Australian built Holden SSV Redline 6 litre V8, 6 spd manual gearbox. In the USA it is known as the 2013 Chevrolet SS.

    I have had many cars over the years including Mercedes and Jaguar. Nothing prepares you for the exhilaration and satisfaction of driving this masterpiece. No earlier Holden drove as well as this one. Equally, the operation of the vehicle has been faultless – not even a light bulb has failed.

    Clever business folks in Australia are trading in their Mercedes and BMW on this particular Holden / Chevrolet SS model.

    Take one for a test drive, and I’m sure that you will be impressed; not only with the performance, but Holden’s attention to paint finish and panel fit…..it’s all about quality!!

  • Decipherer

    G’day Yoo Jastle,
    Please see my reply to Jim Mc Cool below. It pretty much answer’s your comment as well.

    In Australia, we are seeing a change of guard in the luxury sector…for some models only.

    Holden Commodore SSV Redline = Chevrolet SS are carving up the sports sedan market. BMW’s and Mercedes are being traded in.

    Now, 33% of all Holden Commodores coming down the production line are equipped with Chevrolet 6 litre and 6.2 litre V8’s some are supercharged.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    Yoo, every thing I have read and heard from Jag dealers says Jag didn’t make money until Tata bought them. If any thing, Ford screwed them up even more than the dreaded Lucas electric system.

  • BM1

    The horrific interior dynamics seem to be a issue on a few of the newer Cadillac models. The XTS also has the same glaring ergonomics flaws inside that I’ve mentioned previously which hinder the CTS.

    In fact, the cheaper, newly redesigned Chevy Impala’s interior is quite wonderful & light years ahead of the XTS in regards to overall interior comfort, which is somewhat complexing considering the XTS & Impala are more or less, the same cars figuratively.

  • Mark S

    Still some carry over, once the Ingenium 2.0l goes live though, the new page is well and truly turned. The XE is the real acid test for Jag.

  • Mark S

    Reading other reports, they say that CUE was much improved here. The gauge cluster looks awesome when compared to other Caddies. Overall CTS-V should do very well in the comparison tests.

  • Mark S

    You really think old Caddies V’s have less depreciation than AMG, M, etc? Please some numbers to back this assertion would be interesting to see.

  • 2011CTSV

    I don’t “really think”, I know for a FACT. Do what I told the other guy, and look it up. Go ahead. I’ll wait. That way you don’t have to take my word for it. Go look it up for yourself.

  • tka2013

    Two things Ford erred on that Tata didn’t. One: with so many products in in their Premium kingdom they failed to see how, which, and where all those brands could be combined while meanwhile failing to invest in Lincoln, thinking it inferior and nearly letting it stagger to near death. Probably Ford should have seen the synergies in combining Jag and LR and didn’t until they saw they were better off being sold as a package.

    But the biggest mistake was in the timing: Ford unloaded the pair just as the Great Recession was kicking off and missed out on the long term investments they had made just as improved and more charismatic product was coming on on line, meanwhile the combined JLR is reaping Tata all the credit for this vision when all they did initially was takeover two companies with some of their best products ever in the pipeline.

  • Mark S

    I think the ball is in your court, I like to keep an open mind and will await proof of your assertions.

  • Lar Dog

    Sounds great. I have the last of the iron blocks. LT-1. I really like the LS engines. Actually those are my initials. The new engines are unbelievable on how much power they are producing.

  • guest

    I had a 67 RS Camaro with a solid 406 sb pushing over 400hp to the wheels thru a 4 spd but this LS power is so smooth and gets great gas mileage that if I build another 1st gen it will be LS powered. I’m looking for a good LS3 to put in the 2000 Z28 and move the LS1 into my V8 Vega :o)

  • Lar Dog

    NICE. Exactly on the LS3. That is the 405 HP engine, correct? My Uncles ( TWINS ) are in the Corvette Super Sports Club, they both have 2004 Z06’s. 405 HP in a car that weights 3050 pounds. Actually one sold his 2004 and got a 2009 w/505 HP. Would the LS3 go in to my 1995 T/A?

  • guest

    Yes it would just use the 98-02 motor mounts and get the complete computer harness. It would be an easy swap if you had a LS car to begin with but if you can find one it’s better than the LS1 by .5 liter and has better heads so an easy 450-475 hp is there with minor tuning and intake/exhaust mods

  • Lar Dog

    Thanks for the info. I will check it out

  • 2011CTSV

    If you were as open minded as you think you are, you would already have looked up used car values. Clearly you’re not interested in actually educating yourself as you’d rather be spoon-fed information that you’re just going to dismiss out of hand anyway. It’s easier for you that way, right?

    Look it up for yourself. Prove how open minded you are. Look up depreciation values, look up what they’re going for on the used market.

  • Mark S

    Your the one making the claim, please prove your point. If I was close minded, why would I be reading articles and trying to keep up with the latest news.

  • Mark S

    Reading other reports, they say that CUE was much improved here. The gauge cluster looks awesome when compared to other Caddies. Overall CTS-V should do very well in the comparison tests.

  • Rickers

    In a few more years EVERY car will be turbocharged, so get used to it.

  • Ryan Z

    Can anyone give more details on the CUE system? The main things I’m wondering is if it can read texts to me, if I can voice respond to texts, and if it can integrate to Pandora or other music apps on my phone.

    I know these sound like silly things to worry about, but I currently have a 2nd gen V and am not seeing much in this review that makes me feel the need to upgrade RIGHT NOW. If I could text the wife while driving, maybe she’ll let me get it…haha.

  • bcl187

    I would buy a charger hellcat over this in a heartbeat!

  • Ryan

    That’s the LSA 6.2 supercharged V8; this car is running the new LT4. The LT4 has VVT and direct injection and a 1.7-liter blower for 650hp in the Z06 and 640 in the V; the LSA has no VVT or DI and a 1.9-liter blower for a total of 556hp in the last V and 570hp in the outgoing ZL1.

  • Decipherer

    Ryan,
    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Ryan

    You bet

  • Ryan

    Superchargers and turbochargers aren’t electronics and they aren’t unreliable.

    If they were unreliable, they wouldn’t be used in airplanes and semi tractors.

  • 2011CTSV

    Why? The Charger Hellcat is worse in every way, including straight line speed.

  • 2011CTSV

    Yes it can read texts. CUE does integrate with pandora on its own, but the system will play whatever audio you feel like running from your phone regardless.

    And for what it’s worth, your 2nd gen V can also read texts to you, but it does it via your phone. If your phone is connected to the infotainment system via the 1/8″ jack and the USB port in the center console using the GM-supplied adapter, all audio into and out of the phone can be routed through the car system. That means using Siri if you have an iPhone.

    So if you get a text, you can tel the in-car system to connect to bluetooth and access voice commands, which will bring up Siri through the car’s audio system, and then you just ask Siri anything you want, like “read my text messages”. Which will then play back through the car audio. You can then tell Siri you want to respond, and dictate a response. All hands free.

    That being said, the CUE system in the newer GM cars is vastly, VASTLY improved. Everything can be done hands free.

  • jdeprato

    I would actually disagree when it comes to the longevity of turbos. They tend to blow their seals pretty easily with high mileage. A supercharger seems to me to be more reliable, but not as efficient when placed on smaller displacement engines.

  • 2011CTSV

    I have seen no evidence to date that suggests all turbos just start blowing seals at higher mileage. But for what it’s worth, lots of engine parts need to be replaced when you start getting into higher mileage

  • AlexD

    So why does it ook like a glorified Kia, Nissan or Toyota? Do all these cars have to look the same?

  • Nice enough looking and WOWZA on engine. To everyone: GM found a ‘world class’ suspension in 85, realized people hated 15mpg and began responding to both fun and economic veins. Perhaps it resembles an Altima or Camry(?) but no resemblance to KIA cars. Thank auto Gawds it isn’t a half baked knockoff of best selling model designs applied to new vehicle. I left out derivative and boring there. So what company has cars that have…lackluster design, execrable number of miles achieved on full, few full service dealerships and an oddly memorable logo reminiscent of the symbol used for Doctors and hospitals or is it a Cobra or more common snake. No! It is the new millennium pitchman. Yes indeed I speak of Tesla. Jest a kikkin’ and a grinnin’.

  • jdeprato

    I’m just speaking from personal experience. I’ve had to deal with turbo seal issues on more than one car with turbos.