Cadillac will use next month’s Detroit Motor Show to publicly debut the most powerful car in the company’s long and proud history – the CTS-V. The CTS-V is the cream-of-the-crop in the CTS series and is touted by the company as, a luxury sedan and a sports car, all rolled in one.
The sedan doesn’t show its performance and you can say that the look is understated, when viewed in light of the performance on offer. However, that doesn’t mean the sporty bits and bobs are not to be spotted. The aggressive looking face features the wide-meshed grille outlined in chrome and a bumper grille flanked by twin-slat air intakes. The hood vent, fender air extractors, 19-inch alloys, rear spoiler and two sets of twin tailpipes embedded in the diffuser amply convey the car’s sportiness. If that is not enough and you want to scream ‘performance’, then there is an optional carbon fiber package meant to give a racier look boasting of more pronounced hood vent, front splitter, rear diffuser and spoiler.
Performance comes from the monster of an engine lurking beneath the front lid. An all-new 6.2 liter supercharged V8 fortified with rotocast aluminium heads, lightweight titanium intake valves and direct injection coupled with a compact supercharger deliver breathtaking figures of 640 bhp and 855 Nm of torque. That manic power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and put to the road through the super sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. This super sedan gobbles up the 0-60 mph (98 kmph) mark in a scant 3.7 seconds, while the top speed is a supercar-like 200 mph. With speeds like that, the braking system has to be equally fantastic if not better. Brembo 390 mm discs with six-piston calipers front and 365 mm discs with four-piston calipers at the rear seem to be up to the task.
Cadillac says the third-generation CTS-V has 25 per cent more structural stiffness and is endowed with the third generation of the acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control active damping system which provides 40 per cent faster damping response times. These attributes combined with the 1,880 kg weight should make for an agile, responsive car. Oh, and you can also record your runs and track days in high-definition video and then share it on social media courtesy of GM’s Performance Data Recorder. Prices for the CTS-V are expected soon and the sedan will go on sale by middle of this year.