In 2004, Cadillac introduced the first of its V-Series vehicles, the CTS-V. Since then the CTS-V has broken records at the famous Nürburgring Race Track and at one time was named the fastest sedan on the planet.
We haven’t seen a CTS-V since the introduction of the all-new third-generation Cadillac CTS, which was introduced in 2013 as a 2014 model. Giving the CTS-V a two-year break, Cadillac is now ready to take to the stage in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to unveil to the world what they can expect for the 2016 V-Series.
2016 CTS-V Drivetrain
Although the drivetrain is supposedly still a mystery, it is widely rumored and top auto experts agree the Cadillac will most likely use the same drivetrain the 2015 Corvette Z06 uses: A 6.4-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 mated to the very successful eight-speed 8L90E automatic transmission. This combination nets the Corvette 650-hp and a ground pounding 650-lb.-ft. of torque. If CTS-V receives this engine, which it probably will, the numbers are expected to be a little detuned, but not by much. With sedans out there like the Charger Hellcat that produces 707-hp, the Cadillac has a lot to keep up with.
The other possibility for an engine in the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is a 4.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. Although the possibility for the engine was strong at the beginning of this year, this engine idea was most likely kicked to the curb when sedans like the Hellcat made huge news with huge horsepower numbers. The 4.5-liter twin-turbocharged motor by no means was going to be a dud. With 500-hp+ expected, it still would have been a very efficient motor, but for the most part, the Corvette motor has already proved its worth in performance on the track.
Cadillac did make one thing clear about the drivetrain. Unlike in the past years, no matter what engine it receives it will not be getting a manual gear-box. Only the eight-speed automatic will be available for the 2016 CTS-V.
The Sporty CTS-V Exterior
The Cadillac CTS-V of 2016 will look much like the standard 2016 CTS sedan. Just like in the past, the basic look will carry over from the standard sedan to the V-Series. Upgrades and changes are lighter rims, a sportier suspension and beefed-up fenders with fender sills that will lower the Cadillac and give it a more aggressive look.
The front grille will be changed from its old mesh style to a slotted look, and a vented hood will support functional ram-air to help add to the performance. More exterior upgrades will include a rear-spoiler, front-splitter and rear-diffuser for more down-force to keep the tires gripped to the ground at high speeds and around corners.
Sports Car-Supported Interior
Just like with the exterior, most all of the CTS standard and optional features will carry over. The CTS-V will receive the very popular RECARO racing seats in the front. These seats are 16-way adjustable with bolster support that keeps the driver in place when hitting corners at high speeds. Although they are racing seats, they will be wrapped in high-grade leather and suede with micro fiber inserts to give the driver the feel of what Cadillac is all about: comfortable luxury. Interior colors will come in light and dark choices, jet black and light platinum.
Also added on to the CTS-V will be a track package performance data recorder that will be hooked up to the 5.7-inch instrument panel display cluster. This will go along with all of your other cool features like OnStar, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi connectivity, navigation, etc. Everything you can have in the standard CTS you will also have in the CTS-V.
Main Competitors for the CTS-V
For 2016, the CTS-V will have a huge American competitor. The Charger Hellcat sedan has made a lot of noise in the year 2014. But keeping up with the CTS-V while running around a road course is going to be very hard for the Hellcat’s suspension, even if it does have 707-hp.
The BMW M5 also falls into the same category and so does the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. They both put out about 570-hp+ and can handle that power around corners at high-speeds very well, making them very viable competitors. The Lexus RC F-performance coupe is another competitor. Even though it only gets 450 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. torque, it’s still a well-rounded sports sedan and worthy competition in the luxury sports car market.
The CTS-V is Ready
When you see the Cadillac CTS-V, whether it be at the Auto Show or cruising the streets, you will be able to identify it by the special V-Series badges, trim and stitching throughout the vehicle. Big chrome quarter-inch exhaust tips and the rumble of what will be an upgraded V-8 will also be part of how you will know, this isn’t your Grandpa’s Cadillac.
So as Cadillac gets set to unveil the prized 2016 CTS-V in January, one must wonder if it can take back the title of fastest sports sedan in the world. GM had a huge year last year at the North American Auto Show, and this upcoming year they will be looking to back it up.