Cadillac has officially unveiled the 2016 CTS-V, ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show.
Set to battle the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG, the redesigned CTS-V features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 640 bhp (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft (855 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h).
On the styling front, the sedan has an aggressive front fascia with a mesh grille and larger air intakes. The car also has front splitter and a ventilated carbon fiber hood. Moving further back, we can see widened fenders, aerodynamic side skirts and a rear spoiler. Other notable highlights include a four-tailpipe exhaust system and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
If that's not sporty enough, the company will offer a Carbon Fiber package that includes a "more aggressive front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser and spoiler."
The cabin largely carries over but comes nicely equipped with semi-aniline leather / sueded microfiber sport seats, matte carbon fiber trim and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The car also has a CUE infotainment system, a Performance Data Recorder and a Bose audio system - among other things.
To keep things under control, engineers increased the structural stiffness by 25 percent. In order to achieve this, they installed a strut tower-to-tower brace, a strut tower-to-plenum brace and a strengthened rocker bulkhead. There's also V-braces, stronger cradle-to-rocker braces and upper tie bar-to-bumper braces.
The product team didn't stop there as they also added a sport-tuned suspension, an improved steering system and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The car also has larger prop shafts, Brembo brakes and an upgraded Magnetic Ride Control system. There's also a "competition-spec" Performance Traction Management system with four different modes: Tour, Sport, Track and Snow.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will go on sale late next summer and pricing will be announced closer to launch.
Check out the press release for additional information