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NAIAS 2015 Preview: Cadillac reveals the 2016 CTS-V with 649 PS

NAIAS 2015 Preview: Cadillac reveals the 2016 CTS-V with 649 PS image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Cadillac Press | posted December 23, 2014 11:39

Cadillac's most powerful production car in history

Cadillac recently revealed the 2016 CTS-V, the car's latest entry in the high-performance luxury segment. Built as a car that can be a luxury sedan and at the same time, a track-ready sports car, it is the most powerful production car in Cadillac's 112-year history.

Up front, it has a a wide mesh grill, a simple yet distinctive bumper with a front air diffuser, projector type headlights and LED DRLS (daytime running lamps). It also has a lightweight carbon fiber hood that has an air-extracting vent that channels hot air out of the engine bay while also reducing lift at high speeds by guiding the air flow through the radiator and over the car.

The rear and side of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Wide fenders and 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires decorate the side profile of the CTS-V. The rear on the other hand has upright taillights, a carbon fiber spoiler and diffuser, a metallic trim that decorates below the Cadillac badge and quad exhaust pipes.

The interior of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Inside, it has a performance-oriented cabin that features standard 20-way sports seats with heat and ventilation function and an interior trim is upholstered in sueded microfiber accents with matte finish carbon fiber trim. Those that prefer a more sporty seating can opt for the Recaro performance seats that can be set to luxury when needed and is trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seat-backs

Interior amenities include a 12.3-inch screen that acts as an instrument panel and heads-up display, navigation function, a BOSE audio system, wireless phone charging, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, and the Performance Data Recorder.

Under the hood, it is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that outputs 649 PS and 855 Nm of torque which is then mated to a 8L90 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shift function. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 322 km/h.

The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Underneath, the front axle has an updated multi-link double-pivot MacPherson struts with higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar that gives the car 20% greater roll stiffness, while the rear axle has a five-link suspension that has stiffer bushings, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar. Also helping the car handle better is the brand's Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management that has four settings, Tour, Sport, Track and Snow. The magnetic damping system also regulates how much damp is needed, depending on road conditions.

Helping the car stop better is a Brembo brake system. It has 15.3-inch disc brakes at the front paired with six-piston calipers while the back gets 14.3-inch disc brakes paired with four-piston calipers.