Since the BMW M5’s introduction, it has always been the go-to car for people who want a big comfortable sedan, but also want enough horsepower to send said sedan into orbit. Mercedes and Audi then decided to join the party with their own versions in the E-Class AMG and S6/RS6, respectively. Then Cadillac joined the party with the first CTS-V.
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Now, the second generation Made in America sports sedan comes to Detroit Auto Show.
Packing the new Corvette Z06’s supercharged, 6.2 liter, LT4 V8, the new CTS-V has 640 horsepower at its disposal as well as a tidal wave of torque – 630 lb-ft of it.
All of this fury is driven to the rear-wheels through GM’s own eight-speed automatic. Now, while the car isn’t exactly lightweight at 4150 pounds, GM claims it will still hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3.7 seconds. Considering that the lighter Z06 with the same powertrain did it in 3.4 seconds, I’d say 3.7 is probably accurate.
With the latest generation CTS-V, comes the latest generation of their Magnetic Ride Control, which is nothing short of fantastic. Complementing the great suspension are six-piston Brembo brake calipers up front, four-pots in the rear, clamping down on two-piece 14.4 inch steel calipers (the largest steel discs Brembo make).
Adding to all of that suspension gubbins, Cadillac put tons off cool, carbon fiber aero-bits to keep the CTS-V firmly planted on its massive Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. All of this means that the CTS-V should be a proper track-monster.
The V series models are a way to attract younger customers. The average Cadillac buyer is a little over 59, according to a study released earlier this year by IHS Automotive.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V starts at $69,900.