2016 Cadillac CTS-V Packs 640 HP Into COBO

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

On display for the first time ever, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V appears to be worth the wait.

Under the hood of the new CTS-V is a monstrous 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes 640 HP and 630 lb-ft. of torque. Paired to an eight-speed automatic, this powertrain configuration may sound somewhat familiar and that’s because it’s not too far off what’s available in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Despite the CTS-V weighing 4,145 lbs., it can sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds. Even more impressive, the Cadillac is reported to top out 200 MPH.

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The CTS-V’s handling should match its straight line performance thanks to a host of upgrades. Various bracing has been added to the chassis for a 25 percent improvement in stiffness. The standard magnetic selective ride control works with an electronic limited slip differential to ensure the CTS-V dispatches corners as quickly as possible. As a final touch, the hot rod Caddy wears grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

Aero bits have been added to the CTS-V all around to reduce lift and add cooling. A carbon fiber hood is part of the standard equipment list while carbon fiber vents, a front splitter, a rear spoiler and a rear diffuser are available as an extra package.

Inside the CTS-V gets some sporty upgrades like optional Recaro seats GM’s Performance Data Recorder. As well, there is a unique version of the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display, with special V-Series graphics. The CTS-V should hit showroom floors later this summer.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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  • Caddy Guy Caddy Guy on Jan 14, 2015

    With all due respect, to me, the 2008 CTS and the 2012 CTS-V are still the nicest/coolest/most aggressive Caddies I have ever seen in my life. So far, nothing I have seen from Caddy tops those two vehicles, in my opinion. Too bad. My wife feels the exact same way.

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    • Robert Remillard Robert Remillard on Jan 15, 2015

      I have a 2013 CTS/V coupe and love it but this one will be better. I will be one of the first in line next summer.

  • Vagondr Vagondr on Jan 18, 2015

    No wagon or manual tranny - no sale. Unlike the port injected V2 the new direct injected engine will gradually lose power as deposits collect on intake valves. And then there's that inane CUE touch screen.