The Cadillac CTS-V was launched in 2004 as a high-performance version of the CTS sedan. Aimed at fast sedans like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG , the CTS-V was powered by a 5.7-liter, LS6, V-8 engine in its first two years on the market. Shared with the C5 Corvette, the powerplant was rated at 400 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. GM replaced the 5.7-liter with a 6.0-liter LS2 in 2006, but output remained unchanged, albeit the new unit brought a wider torque band. When the second-gen CTS-V arrived in 2008, Cadillac dropped a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 in its engine bay. Based on the LS9 mill found in the Corvette C6 ZR1 , the LSA produced 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. The second-gen CTS-V also saw the introduction of station wagon and coupe versions.
Going into 2015, Cadillac is rolling out the highly-anticipated, third-generation CTS-V. Based on the brand-new CTS sedan with a redesigned exterior and a roomier interior, the 2016 CTS-V brings more power, updated technology, and less weight to the table.
Updated 07/17/2014: Today we created a series of renderings for the future CTS-V. Check them out after the jump.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.
We inspired our rendering from the spy shots you saw the other days, but we’ve added a new Maybach style wider grill, larger air intakes, splitter and body skirt all around the car. We’ve also included that hood vent you can see in the spy shots and a Corvette Z06 style bonnet design.
July 16, 2014 - Cadillac CTS-V smokes tires at Nurburgring
July 14, 2014 - Cadillac CTS-V testing at Nurburgring
As seen in the photos above, the grille no longer resembles that of a standard 2014 CTS.
The Cadillac CTS-V is no stranger to the Nurburgring. Until 2009, the luxury sedan held the record for the fastest production sedan on factory tires with a 7:59.32 lap. That being said, it’s no surprise that the next-generation CTS-V just landed in Germany to put its brand-new drivetrain and underpinnings to good use. Not just one, but two high-performance sedans were caught roaming Nurburgring surrounds by our paparazzi, before full-scale testing begins on July 15th. Unfortunately, both prototypes are camouflaged to the teeth, with very few details left in the open.
However, the fact that Cadillac left the front grille uncovered reveals an important fact. The company plans to better differentiate its high-performance models from their regular siblings, and the CTS lineup will be the first to benefit from this new strategy. As seen in the photos above, the grille no longer resembles that of a standard 2014 CTS. The piece is both wider and shorter, and features an entirely different design, with plain, vertical slats replacing the trademark Cadillac grille configuration. The bumper is also different, as larger intakes come to replace the more stylish cutouts in the CTS’ apron. A massive splitter is another indication that the upcoming CTS-V will be even more aerodynamic, while the air vents on the hood suggest there’s a force-fed V-8 between the front wheels.
All we know is there will be a V-8 unit and about 600 horses to play with.
Speaking of engines, there’s no word in regards to displacement or what type of forced-induction device it will carry. All we know is there will be a V-8 unit and about 600 horses to play with. However, we have a hunch Caddy has opted for either the supercharged, 6.2-liter powerplant found in the 2015 Corvette Z06 or a twin-turbocharged, 4.5-liter V-8. The latter is an evolution of the 500-horsepower unit fitted in the Elmiraj concept. Whatever the choice, expect the third-gen CTS-V to have an output of around 600 ponies and at least 580 pound-feet of torque. That’s muscle car power right there and a good reason for BMW and Mercedes-Benz to worry.
Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on the upcoming CTS-V as testing at the Nurburgring continues throughout the summer. The sedan will break cover next year as a 2016 model.
Revised for the 2014 model year, the current BMW M5 continues to be a popular choice among high-performance sedan enthusiasts. Motivated by the company’s proven, 4.4-liter V-8, the M5 benefits from 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, figures that make it slightly more powerful than the 2014 CTS-V, but inferior as far as torque goes, missing almost 50 pound-feet under full throttle. However, the M5 has all the dynamics BMW is known for on its side. In addition, its aggressive appearance and luxurious interior enable it to be a key player in the midsize market across the United States.
Performance-wise, the M5 is tough to beat. The sedan sprints from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds and screams up to 124 mph in just 13 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph, but once the limited is removed, the M5 can charge toward the 190 mph mark. Pricing for the beefed-up 5 Series starts from $92,900, a major disadvantage when considering the current CTS-V’s sub-$70,000 sticker.
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The E63 AMG is another strong competitor the CTS-V has to go against in the U.S.. Powered by a biturbo, 5.5-liter, V-8 engine, the ultra-fast sedan is available in two guises, both of which are quicker than the current M5 and CTS-V. Available with all-wheel drive only, the E63 AMG 4MATIC packs 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. It needs only 3.7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and although that figure is impressive enough as it is, Mercedes-Benz is offering a faster version of the sedan: the E63 AMG S-Model.
The range-topping E-Class carries the same 5.5-liter, V-8 engine under the hood, but output sits at 577 horses and 590 pound-feet of torque. With the extra 27 ponies and 59 pound-feet, the 0-to-60 mph sprint drops to only 3.5 seconds. Unlike the "regular" E63 AMG, which tops out at 155 mph, the S-model comes with a top speed of 186 mph. The E63 AMG 4MATIC retails from $92,770, while the E63 AMG S-Model fetches at least $99,770 before any options.