2016 Cadillac CTS-V. Germany’s worst nightmare from America.

640 Horsepower, 630 lb.ft. torque, 6.2 L V8 with a 1.7 L supercharger, 0-60 MPH in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 MPH. These performance figures are usually associated with supercars from either the late 1990s or even the early 2000s. However, these figures are not associated with any exotic supercars from Europe, but is actually associated with a four-door family sedan from America, and in this case the brand-new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. 

Cadillac engineers designed the CTS-V to destroy its European rivals in every way possible. The CTS-V, thanks to its heart from the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, produces more power and torque compared to the Audi RS 6, BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG. The supercharged V8 is also the largest compared to the twin-turbo 4.0 L V8 from Audi, twin-turbo 4.4 L V8 from BMW and twin-turbo 5.5 L from Mercedes-Benz AMG division. The CTS-V also hits 60 MPH quicker than the Audi RS 6 and BMW M5, but is overtaken by the AWD Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG, which does this deed in a supercar like 3.4 seconds. On paper, the performance figures are very comparable with one another, but when it comes to top speed, the Cadillac CTS-V has its rivals beat, as the three German super sedans are restricted by the governor to 155 MPH, while the CTS-V can scream all the way to 200 MPH (but, to be fair, the Germans do have an optional performance package which raises the top end speed to between 174 and 189 MPH, depending on the manufacturer).

Unlike its German rivals, who come standard with seven-speed twin clutch automatic transmission, the CTS-V comes standard with GM’s smooth-shifting 8L90 eight-speed torque-converter automatic (manual transmission is not offered, sorry three-pedal fans). However, if buyers insist on shifting their own gears, the Cadillac, like its European counterparts, comes with standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and electronically controlled differential with its own final-drive ratio for some back road fun.

With 640 horsepower at 6400 RPM and 630 lb.ft of torque at 3600 RPM from the supercharged V8, fuel efficiency is guaranteed to take a back seat to performance, but that is not the case with the CTS-V. Just like in the 2015 Corvette Z06, the LT4 6.2 L V8’s internal is upgraded with forged connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, titanium intake vales, 1.7 L supercharger and cylinder deactivation. Even though EPA has not released the official fuel mileage figures for the CTS-V, the cylinder deactivation feature does lower the engine’s overall fuel consumption amount enough to avoid the gas-guzzler tax.

In order to meet the 200 MPH speed threshold, Cadillac modified the entire front end and dressed up the rear end to give additional aerodynamic and down force advantage. Compared to the regular CTS, the CTS-V features a carbon-fiber hood, vented front fenders, which are 0.8 inches wider in total, a chin splitter, and the V-series’ trademark black mesh grille. At the back, GM designers have added a trunk-mounted spoiler and an air diffuser to cut the air turbulence underneath the vehicle at high-speed.

In order to keep the car planted at high-speed, Cadillac offers a staggered set of 19 inch rims wrapped in ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Supersport summer tires. The chassis also receives major strengthening to keep up with the CTS-V’s track oriented nature. Under the hood, the chassis is stiffened with aluminum strut-tower brace, V-braces connect the firewall and the strut-towers, a large aluminum panel is inserted between the engine cradle, firewall and the rocker panels. At the back, GM engineers have strengthened the connection between the rear rocker panels and the suspension cradle.

The car comes to a stop thanks to large steel rotors from Brembo on all four corners. The front axle is fitted with massive 15.4 in rotors while the rear axle is fitted with 14.4 in rotors. While its European rivals do offer carbon-ceramic rotors as an option, Cadillac and GM engineers insist that these rotors can dissipate the same amount of heat during heavy braking as carbon-ceramic rotors of the similar size.

The cornering capabilities of the new CTS-V are enhanced by GM’s third generation of the magnetic ride control adjustable dampers which now can read the surface of the road and adjust the damping to keep the car flat around corners. Other suspension upgrades include stiffer bushings, new anti-roll bars both front and back, higher-rate springs, a quicker steering ratio and tweaked front and rear suspension settings. All of these chassis and suspension upgrades have made the CTS-V 179 pounds heavier than the regular CTS, which brings its total weight to 4,145 pounds.

Though the CTS-V was designed with speed in mind, GM designers did not forget about its occupants and has loaded the interior with all the luxuries imaginable. Standard features include a 20-way powered, heated, and vented front sport seats, navigation, Bose audio, On Star, 4G LTE data connectivity, full color heads up display and 12.3 inch high-definition LCD digital guage clusters (which will available on other 2016 CTS models as well). The only options offered are Recaro sport seats, panoramic roof and the performance data recorder from the Corvette Z06.

As in all other Cadillac models, the CTS-V comes standard with a lot of active and passive safety features. Key features include forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert and automatic parking assist which parks the car in both parallel and perpendicular spots.

So, the big question is how much is it for all of this awesomeness? Well, with all the features mentioned, it is $85,000. Compared to its counterparts from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, this is a steal considering that with all the features mentioned in the CTS-V, the Germans will easily cross the $110,000 mark.

While there are cars that are faster than the CTS-V, only a few are less expensive. When it comes to American cruise missiles, only the Dodge Charger and Challenger can outpace the Cadillac while costing $15,000 less. However, the Challenger is a two door, so it does not directly compete with the CTS-V, but the Charger is no where as luxurious as this car. So, in the end, at $85,000, this is the best car one can get into and go 200 MPH while carrying three of their best friends along for the ride.

Checkout the images of this beautiful land missile below and view it in person at the 2015 Detroit auto show next month.

Images and information sourced from Cadillac, Google Images and CAR and DRIVER.


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