Is Cadillac serious about taking on the Germans? It is not out of the question, after witnessing the 640 horsepower 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.
It was not so long ago that generous horsepower was a luxury found only in those cars at the top of the ladder. Exotic super cars and the like. Nowadays, thanks to a competitive automotive industry and significant R&D, nearly anyone can own a car with more than 200 horses, and 500 horsepower is becoming downright common.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is benefiting from it's cousin, the Corvette Z06. The sporty beast of a Z06 is sharing it's LT4 V8 engine, though slightly tuned down. In the Z06, this engine delivers 650 hp, only 10 hp more than what the CTS-V will achieve. General Motors adds that it should take about 3.7 seconds for the car to go from 0 to 60 mph, reaching a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
This makes the 640 horsepower Cadillac CTS-V one of the most powerful production sedans in the world. It beats the BMW M5 by 80 hp, the Mercedes E63 AMG by 63 and the previous model of the CTS-V by 84 horses. The only real rival left is the Dodge Charger Hellcat and it's eye watering 707 horsepower. Mind you, it's still a Dodge, and not a Cadillac. Prestige plus power will win every time.
The Cadillac's 6.2-litre V8 is helped out by a 1.7-litre supercharger, delivering 630 lb-ft of torque, 20 less than the Corvette. All that power is sent through the same eight-speed automatic transmission found in the Corvette to the 19 inch rear wheels which are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Generously sized Brembo brakes will bring this beast to a stop, a tall order.
Nearly every body panel on this car is unique to it. Each piece, from fascia to fender has been designed for both form and for function. Hood vents are intended to cool and the entire package has been optimized to enhance aerodynamics. The hood is made of carbon fibre and owners can opt for a more comprehensive carbon fibre package that enhances it's aggressive look.
Inside, the car is appointed as you would expect a Cadillac to be, though with the sporty touches found in each of their V-branded models. “All of the contact points — the steering wheel, seats, shifter and pedals — are designed to make performance driving experiences direct and intuitive,” the company said in a press release. It even comes equipped with the same performance data recorder found in the Corvette.
This new, more powerful 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is still restrained enough to pull double duty as a luxurious daily driver. However, when the opportunity arises to open it up on a country road or even a highway, it will put most of the others to shame, leaving them behind in a cloud of newly vaporized rubber smoke. It's both Jekyll and Hyde, an ace in the owner's pocket.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca