2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Looks like the BMW M5 will not only come under fire from the Lexus GS F teased last month – America will also fire its salvo at the German super sedan with the new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, making its debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. The third generation of the pumped-up executive sedan comes hot on the heels of the smaller ATS-V, unveiled at the LA Auto Show.

Packing the firepower is the Corvette Z06‘s 6.2 LT4 supercharged and direct-injected V8, delivering a stout 640 hp and 855 Nm, making the CTS-V the most powerful Cadillac ever built. Unlike the previous model, the new car will be available solely with an automatic transmission – an eight-speed unit with paddle shifters, launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is done in 3.7 seconds.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Added bracing and strengthening has increased torsional rigidity by 25% over the regular CTS, while the chassis has been improved with a wider front and rear track, revised MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, stiffer variable-ratio electric power steering, larger prop shafts and a standard electronic limited slip differential.

Also fitted are third-generation Magnetic Ride Control dampers, Performance Traction Management, a Corvette-derived Performance Data Recorder, Brembo brakes – six-piston callipers at the front, four pistons at the rear – and 19-inch forged aluminium wheels shod with bespoke Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Marking the CTS-V out from regular models are aggressive front and rear bumpers, a vented carbon fibre bonnet, wider fenders and a rear lip spoiler. Buyers wanting an even sportier look can opt for a Carbon Fibre package with a carbon front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser and spoiler.

Inside, there are sportier 20-way power-adjustable front seats complete with heating and ventilation, while Recaro performance seats trimmed in Mulan leather with suede inserts are available as an option. A suede-covered steering wheel and gearknob can also be specified.