The veil has lifted on the new generation of Cadillac CTS-V and the latest version is a missile aimed directly at Germany. The latest weapons-grade Caddy boasts a generous bump in power and a reported top speed of 200 miles per hour.
Cadillac CTS-V: Confounding Jerry At Every Turn
Cadillac’s strategy in the past decade has been to shed the land yacht image of yesteryear and to punch Ze Germans straight in the face, so the Cadillac CTS-V may as well be re-named Joe Louis. The second generation of the car was a performance vehicle that was worthy of being taken seriously; better still, it offered M5 performance on 5 Series money.
Even better still? You could get it as a wagon…with more than 550 horsepower.
Cadillac debuted a new version of the CTS mid-size sedan last year, boasting a number of refinements and evolutions from the previous generation and many were quick to sing its praises and drool over the prospect of the new V model, which Cadillac has taken the lid off before taking it public on the auto show circuit.
The previous model boasted a detuned Corvette powertrain, and the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is no exception. Whereas the last one featured a less-powerful version of the ZR1 drivetrain, the new one has a slightly less-powerful version of the Corvette Z06 engine, according to AutoBlog. The new engine is GM’s 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 (them that thar is a 350, folks) which is supercharged up to 640 horsepower and 630 lbs-ft of torque – just 10 fewer ponies than the ‘Vette.
The result is a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 3.7 seconds with a reputed top speed of 200. Along with this comes GM’s Magnetic Ride Control system, a stiffened chassis, carbon fiber aerodynamic bits on the body work and Brembo brakes all around. Fuel economy will be…oh, like anyone cares; it’ll do a school run and then hot-lap the Nurburgring. That’s awesome.
This time, however, there won’t be a wagon and there probably won’t be a coupe version, as the bulk of sales are sedans. The wagon, according to Jalopnik, was basically only built to appease former GM executive Bob Lutz – a major-league gearhead – and despite how awesome it was, sales just weren’t there.
There also won’t be a manual transmission, so buyers will have to contend with a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic. Blame yourselves, folks, they just didn’t sell enough of the stick-shifted models last time.
Going after new money
This new Cadillac CTS-V is going on the auto show circuit with the ATS-V – the hot version of the ATS compact – in coming months, with the intention of scaring up orders and garnering plaudits from the press.
Prices will likely start north of $70,000, which is certainly steep but more than $30,000 cheaper than the BMW M5.
Cadillac’s super sedan is geared at scaring up interest from younger buyers, and specifically the nouveau riche, according to USA Today. A serious performance car creates interest, which translates to younger people buying Cadillacs. The average age of Caddy buyers is 59, though V customers are typically an average 49 years old.