The Cadillac CTS series. Understated? More than a bit. It is a four-door sedan after all. Buy the CTS-V variant and you have something that will blow the doors off the kid next to you in his sports car. All about that stealth power while taking the family out, or hauling your latest Costco run home. I wouldn’t be able to wipe the smile off my face either.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is out and comes complete with 640 horsepower. Running to the store never felt so good. Wait, we’re not out of eggs? We are now…
Cadillac’s refresh for the 2016 CTS-V comes with a 6.2L turbocharged V8 outputting 640 horses and 630 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic, which is replacing the six-speed on previous models. Cadillac claims shift times are on par or exceed that of rival cars in the vertical.
The car is a bit weighty, the change also shaves a bit of weight off the 2016 CTS-V, saving 12.5kg over the six-speed it is replacing.
All 640 horses are sent to the rear wheels. Nutty? Maybe, but Cadillac didn’t want to add another 200 pounds to the car, and screw with almost perfect 50/50 weight balance. Hey, why mess with a good thing?
Cadillac compensates for the lack of all-wheel drive by adding its electronic limited slip differential. To save space and cut weight a bit more, it shares the same cooling circuit as the transmission.
It works in tandem with specifically designed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to keep you on the road. Feel like you’re spinning out? Well, you’re not racing to the store. Slowing down is an option. Or, the electronics onboard the CTS-V help direct power to have you whipping in the parking lot like a pro.
Yeah, the second option for me too. Live a little. You just spent north of $80,000 on a four-door. It wasn’t designed to be coddled.
For those of you wondering, yes it does have one mean ass exhaust. Quad active exhaust means people will know something is coming. If you don’t want the hearty rumble on longer drives, switch it to touring mode. Switching back to Sport or Track will return the exhaust to how it should sound blasting off to work.
Slowing you down will be Brembo brakes with 390mm discs on the front (6-piston staggered calipers) and 365 mm on the rear tires (4-piston calipers). The brakes on the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will definitely stop you when you decide to take the car’s word for it on how fast it’ll go.
How fast are we talking? 0-60 mph is under four seconds. You’ll want a radar detector. It is the first Cadillac to hit 200 mph right off the factory line. If you like having a driver’s license, you probably don’t want to do that.
Who says you can’t have speed and luxury. Sitting inside the CTS-V variant will have you feeling at home. The 4G LTE hotspot option carries over. Wireless charging for your phone? Check. Curb-view cameras and automatic parking help prevent you from any unfortunate scuffs.
The standard seats are wrapped in leather and 20-way adjustable. Spring for the Recaro upgrade and those are 18-way adjustable. It even pops up on the center console screen exactly what you’re adjusting.
Speaking of the screen, the 8-inch monitor gets one hell of an upgrade underneath. The new chipset pushes the processor’s power by 300 percent. Graphics render faster, and the whole screen is snappier than previous models.
Apple’s CarPlay will be on the 2016 model, letting you ask Siri for directions using Apple Maps. Android Auto will join as an option later in the year.
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Price
The model starts at $83,995, plus destination and $1,000 gas guzzler tax. Adding in the carbon fiber package and the Recaro seats and you’re staring at a $90,000 bill. Cadillac happily points out this is cheaper than the BMW M5 (starts at 93,600) and the Mercedes E63 S AMG ($101,700 starting price).
Oh, and the fuel economy? Come on. 640 horsepower, remember? Switching to Touring will get you in the neighborhood of 14 mpg city and 21 mpg highway. No one is buying this for fuel economy. You buy it because it hauls ass and can actually fit more than two small bags of groceries.
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