A prototype of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has been caught on camera for the first time and was featuring a redesigned front grille.

A prototype of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has been caught on camera for the first time and was featuring a redesigned front grille.

That new grille with vertical slats will likely be implemented on all forthcoming hot Cadillac models while the lesser variants will retain the mesh configuration. This particular prototype came equipped with generous front air intakes and a sizeable power bulge while under the hood we expect to find a Corvette Z06-sourced V8 6.2-liter supercharged engine tweaked to deliver somewhere in the region of 600 bhp (447 kW).

The test car had black multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and at the back was fitted with menacing quad exhaust tips. The powerful engine is expected to work as standard with a six- or seven-speed manual gearbox along with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission taken also from the Z06.

Cadillac could show the CTS-V as early as next year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit planned for January.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V spied hiding fresh front grille