2016 Cadillac CTS-V Performance: Things You Didn’t Know
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is the most powerful production Cadillac ever. Its supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine delivers 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque, making the luxury sedan one of the most attractive performance cars on the market. The automaker has just released the first information before the 2015 NAIAS premiere. We wrote about the 2016 CTS-V earlier, but now we have a complete look on the latest addition to the performance V-Series lineup. Since the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has such a powerful engine and equally superb transmission and suspension, it is able to deliver amazing performance.
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Engine and Performance
According to the manufacturer, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V accelerates to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, while its top speed is 201 mph. The sports sedan is propelled by the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine, but its other features are also extremely helpful. After all, a performance car can’t be good if it comes with a powerful engine only. The 2016 CTS-V has the third-generation Magnetic Ride Control active damping system which responds 40 percent faster, according to the automaker. Performance Brembo brakes come as standard, if anything about this car can be named like that. There are 15.3-inch front rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V comes with the latest Magnetic Ride Control, as we already said. The system analyzes the road a thousand times per second and the data is used for adjusting magnetorheological suspension. The sports sedan comes with four preset modes – Tour, Sport, Track and Snow. If the Track mode is in use, the Performance Traction Management will be activated.
Bodywork – Carbon Fiber and Superb Aerodynamics
Since everything about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is dedicated to the car’s superb performance, it’s not a surprise that its exterior was subordinated to that principle. The bodywork has been adjusted to improve the performance, the 2016 CTS-V doesn’t look like every other luxury sedan. It looks like a thoroughbred racer which has escaped from a race circuit. With aero-optimized body – both front and rear fascia, rocker moldings, front splitter and rear spoiler – the sedan has a very powerful aura. It sits atop of a set of 19-inch forged aluminum wheels which wear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
There’s a Carbon Fiber package that brings a vigorous front splitter, rear diffuser and spoiler as well as a different hood vent.
Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Global Design, said:
“V-Series is the emotive core of Cadillac and the apex of the brand’s Art and Science design philosophy. The CTS-V reflects that with a bold sense of arrival, serious performance, seamless integration of technology and precision in its craftsmanship. The exposed carbon fiber components, for example, are book-matched on the centerline for a more precise, tailored appearance.”
Interior and Features
Inside the cabin of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V we can’t find decadent details in spite of the brand’s dedication to luxury. Of course, it’s far from Spartan. The interior of the 2016 CTS-V is focused on performance, too. There are some luxury elements which bring the Cadillac feel. It comes in three color schemes: Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum accents and Saffron with Jet Black accents.
The sedan has heated and ventilated front seats wrapped in semi-aniline leather and suede microfiber details. Also, there are Recaro performance seats available. They provide better support, but they also bring an upscale touch with Mulan leather with microfiber inserts and seatbacks.
“With the performance the new CTS-V is capable of delivering, the interior needs to be as functional as the other vehicle systems,” said Smith. “All of the contact points – the steering wheel, seats, shifter and pedals – are designed to make performance driving experiences direct and intuitive.”
As for the technology, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has a 12.3-inch instrument panel display, Bose audio, OnStar 4G LTE, Siri Eyes Free, CUE infotainment system and, of course, Performance Data Recorder.
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Release
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will be introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, as we already said, but it’s still secret when the first models are going to be on the roads. It will be available late summer 2015. The pricing will be revealed afterwards.