• 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

    640 horsepower, carbon fiber everywhere, 3.7 seconds to 60 mph, 200-mph top speed, and four door... `Murica!!!
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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 started out with a C5 Corvette-sourced LS6 V-8, rated at 400 horsepower. In its second generation, the sedan received a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 based on the LS9 mill found in the Corvette C6 ZR1. The LSA produced 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque and found its way into the station wagon and coupe versions the CTS-V received later on. 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.

The third-gen sedan sound brilliant on paper, mostly due to its 640-horsepower V-8 and bespoke interior. Much like the ATS-V that was created to give the BMW M4 a run for its money, the CTS-V is packed with custom features unique to the V-series lineup and more power than its direct competitors can handle. But does it have what it takes to finally dethrone the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG from their spots at the top of the segment? Read on to find out.

Updated 11/17/2015: In its latest episode Jay Leno got to test the 2016 CTS-V. Hit play to see what he has to say about the first 200 mph Cadillac ever!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

  • 2016 Cadillac CTS-V
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  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    640 @ 6400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    630 @ 3600
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph
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Changes are less obvious around back, but a new trunklid spoiler and a redesigned bumper suggest this CTS is of the V-series variety.

As expected, the redesigned CTS-V features most of the styling introduced with the 2014 CTS while also showcasing a host of unique body elements. Up front, the headlamps are the only features that remained unchanged; everything else was remodeled for optimal aero performance and a menacing appearance. The grille is narrower a features a brand-new mesh pattern, as well as a smaller Cadillac crest. Down bellow, the thin air dam seen on the regular CTS has been enlarged significantly and equipped with the same honeycomb mesh.

The side intakes have been reshaped as well, while the apron showcases a carbon-fiber splitter. Speaking of carbon-fiber, the redesigned hood is made from the same weight-saving material and comes with an air-extracting vent that pulls hot air out of the engine compartment while also helping reduce lift.

When viewed from the side, the CTS-V sits lower thanks to its track-optimized suspension and features revised side skirts, wider fenders and all-new side vents with the V-series badge. Changes are less obvious around back, but a new trunklid spoiler and a redesigned bumper suggest this CTS is of the V-series variety. Gone is the plain apron with integrated, trapezoidal exhaust tips, replaced by a diffuser-like piece with round quad pipes.

Just like the smaller ATS-V, the CTS-V can be ordered with an available Carbon Fiber package that shaves a few more pounds and takes aerodynamics even further. The bundle includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser and spoiler.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm): 114.6 / 2910
Length (in / mm): 197.6 / 5021
Height (in / mm): 57.2 / 1454
Width (in / mm): 72.2 / 1833
Track (in / mm): front: 62.1 / 1577
rear: 61.2 / 1554
Curb weight (lb / kg): 4145 / 1880
Weight distribution (% front / rear): 52.7 / 47.3

Side-by-side comparison

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Naturally, the cabin is packed with cut-and-sew elements, decorative stitching and various soft-touch materials for the steering wheel, the shift knob, and the door panels.

The new CTS-V may be gutsy on the outside and downright angry under the hood, but the interior is as luxurious as it gets. When you compete in the same segment as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, you have to make sure your car is not just about performance, but convenience as well. And Cadillac did just that by taking the previous CTS-V up a notch in terms of equipment and technology alike.

Enter the cabin and you find yourself sitting comfortably in 20-way adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats. The performance-oriented seats are wrapped in semi-aniline leather with sueded microfiber and provide plenty of lateral support thanks to their revised design. Customers looking to spend more time at the track can opt for a set of Recaro performance seats that comes with adjustable bolsters and Mulan leather upholstery.

Naturally, the cabin is packed with cut-and-sew elements, decorative stitching and various soft-touch materials for the steering wheel, the shift knob, and the door panels. Only three color combinations are offered; Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum accents, and Saffron with Jet Black accents. Granted, the offer is somewhat poor when compared with offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but considering what you get under the hood, who gives a damn?!

Unique features continue with a bespoke version of the 12.3-inch instrument cluster display with V-series graphics and full-color head-up display. Cadillac’s latest CUE infotainment system comes standard, as do the Bose Surround Sound audio system, Siri Eyes Free, wireless inductive phone charging and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Customers also receive the Performance Data Recorder that debuted on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Let the hooning begin!

Interior Dimensions

Legroom (in / mm): front: 45.7 / 1160
rear: 35.4 / 899
Headroom (in / mm): front: 40.4 / 1026
rear: 37.5 / 952
Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 56.9 / 1446
rear: 54.8 / 1392
Hip room (in / mm): front: 53.8 / 1366
rear: 53.3 / 1353


2016 Cadillac CTS-V Drivetrain
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With 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the new powerplant generates an extra 84 ponies and 79 pound-feet compared to the model it replaces.

The highlight of the brand-new CTS-V is its engine. Although it displaces the same 6.2 liters as its predecessor, the V-8 powerplant is all-new and features stronger, aluminum cylinder heads and lightweight, titanium intake valves. In addition, the previous 1.9-liter supercharger has been replaced by a 1.7-liter blower that’s more compact and more efficient. The unit’s rotors are now smaller, allowing higher maximum rpm to be generated earlier in the rev band. Also, the boost is achieved more efficiently thanks to a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence and less heat. An updated Active Fuel Management system improves fuel consumption.

Moving over to the part that interest us the most — the numbers — the supercharged V-8 sees massive improvement in terms of power and torque versus the previous sedan. With 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the new powerplant generates an extra 84 ponies and 79 pound-feet compared to the model it replaces. The new output makes the 2016 CTS-V nearly as powerful as the 645-horsepower Dodge Viper and torquier than Chrysler’s sports car. What’s more, the CTS-V wipes out its main rivals, the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, on paper. The Bimmer’s twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 churns "only" 560 horses and 502 pound-feet, while AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8 cranks out 577 ponies and 590 pound-feet in its S-Model tune.

The sprint to 60 mph takes 3.7 seconds, which is a significant improvement over the previous sedan’s four seconds. This is where the CTS-V still lags behind the Merc E63 AMG S-Model, which needs just 3.5 seconds to achieve the same benchmark. On the other hand, the American sedan is no less than 0.7 seconds quicker than its BMW-badged competitor. Downright amazing! Top speed jumps from 186 to a mind-boggling 200 mph. As a refresher, the German sedans have their top speeds limited at 155 mph.

Cadillac also updated the CTS-V to GM’s 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission for quicker shift-response times and greater efficiency. The autobox offers manual control via steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, while the Performance Algorithm Shifting makes it as quick as any dual-clutch transmission. At least that’s what Cadillac claims. The bad news is there’s no word on a manual option for the CTS-V as of December 2014.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 6.2L supercharged V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc): 376 / 6162
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block material: cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery: direct injection
Lubrication system: wet sump
Compression ratio: 10:1
Horsepower 640 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 630 LB-FT @ 3,600 RPM
Max. engine speed (rpm): 6,600 RPM
Recommended fuel: premium required
GM-estimated fuel economy TBD
Transmission Hydra-Matic 8L90

Chassis and Suspension

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The lightweight, 19-inch wheels are 45-percent stiffer than previous CTS-V wheels and use Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to put all that power to the tarmac.

Although it shares the same wheelbase as the regular CTS, the V-Series sedan features wider front and rear tracks, a 25-percent stiffer structure, as well as track-honed chassis and suspension parts. Improvements include a multi-link, double-pivot MacPherson front suspension with cross-axis ball joints, high-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar for greater roll stiffness and a revised, and a five-link rear suspension that delivers reduced roll center migration and stronger lateral control. An electronic limited-slip differential enables greater corner-exit acceleration, while GM’s third-gen Magnetic Ride Control allows optimum performance based on the four driver-selectable modes.

Stopping power is provided by a Brembo brake system that includes two-piece, 15.3-inch front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers. The lightweight, 19-inch wheels are 45-percent stiffer than previous CTS-V wheels and use Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to put all that power to the tarmac. The rubber was specially developed for the CTS-V and features a tri-compound tread for excellent grip and improved ride quality, as well as extended wear.

All told, we expect the new CTS-V to rise above its predecessor in terms of handling and ride with significant improvements on the track.


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The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is priced at $83,995.



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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. These figures make it severely less powerful than the 2015 CTS-V. 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, but the CTS-V does so on paper. 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.

Read our full review on the BMW M5 here.

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

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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 but only one is quicker than the 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. 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 — 0.2 seconds faster than the CTS-V. 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.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG E63 here.


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The second-generation CTS-V brought massive improvements to its predecessor, ranging from a more powerful engine to significantly enhanced handling and track performance. Now, Cadillac took the same route with the third-generation sedan, taking things up a notch performance-wise to the extent that the CTS-V outguns its German competitors in many ways. The brand’s offensive against BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi just got a massive boost with the CTS-V, a sedan that’s set to lead the segment as far as performance goes until the Germans find a way to inject more oomph into their midsize range-toppers. Sure, performance isn’t just about horsepower and torque, but it seems the redesigned CTS-V has taken a huge step toward becoming the sedan that blends the characteristics of a luxury daily driver with those of a track-day sports car. BMW and Mercedes-Benz, you’ve been warned!

  • Leave it
    • No manual transmission
    • Limited interior color combinations
    • Lacks a customizing program similar to BMW’s Individual
    • The E63 AMG S-Model is still quicker to 60 mph

Update History

Updated 04/29/2015: Cadillac revealed prices for the 2016 CTS-V, which will arrive at dealers later this summer. The model is priced from $83,995 and dealers are now taking orders for it.

Updated 12/23/2014: We’ve just learned the official specs and details on the 2016 CTS-V and now its time to see if the new sports sedan knows how to turn a little rubber into smoke. Check out the newest burnout video above or after the jump.

Updated 07/17/2014: Today we created a series of renderings for the future CTS-V. Check them out after the jump.

Updated 12/16/2014: Cadillac confirmed that the 2016 CTS-V will make its world debut in early January 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show. According to Autoblog, Cadillac’s official invitation to the brand’s press conference confirms that "it’s time for the V-Series to elevate to the next level." Stay tuned for the official details.

Updated 12/18/2014: Chris Doane Automotive revealed on its Facebook account that the future CTS-V sports sedan will be far better than expected. If the report is correct, the new CTS-V will be powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 engine that will deliver no less than 640 horsepower, shaming its German competition.

Updated 12/22/2014: Chevrolet unveiled the official details on the 2016 CTS-V sedan, with just a few weeks before the car’s official debut in Detroit. Click past the jump for the new details.



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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.

Spy Shots

July 16, 2014 - Cadillac CTS-V smokes tires at Nurburgring

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July 14, 2014 - Cadillac CTS-V testing at Nurburgring

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Press Release

Cadillac today introduced the 2016 CTS-V, the most powerful product in the brand’s 112-year history and the newest entry in the elite class of the world’s highest-performing luxury cars.

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Launching in late summer with 640 horsepower (477 kW), 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm) and a top speed of 200 mph, the new CTS-V reaches higher than its predecessors, leading Cadillac’s product-driven expansion and elevation. It is the third generation of the acclaimed luxury sports sedan that launched the elite V-Series a decade ago – and redefined Cadillac for a new generation of enthusiasts.

“V-Series represents the very best of the Cadillac brand – the pinnacle of our design and technical capabilities,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “The new CTS-V is the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory. The new CTS-V soars into the stratosphere of the most exhilarating luxury cars.”

Comprehensive updates make the new CTS-V essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car straight from the factory. It also introduces a new supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine backed by Cadillac’s paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission, featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting.

With more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower (twin-turbo) V-8, the new CTS-V is capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds.

Track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged powertrain and elevate CTS-V’s capability, performance and driver control to new thresholds, while enabling track driving without modifications or special procedures. Key performance technologies include:

Standard carbon fiber hood and available carbon fiber vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser for greater aerodynamic performance
Brembo high-performance brake system developed to provide durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance straight from the factory
Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control delivering 40-percent faster damping response
Integrated chassis controls that provide balanced performance for touring and the track, including competition-spec Performance Traction Management
Structural stiffness increased by 25 percent for improved ride and superior handling
Driver-selectable modes electronically calibrate performance variables for touring, sport and track driving conditions
Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with tri-compound technology offering excellent grip with extended wear
An interior with performance-oriented, sueded microfiber accents and matte-finish carbon fiber trim and available RECARO high-performance seats for spirited driving
Advanced safety and parking technologies, including a front curb-view camera system that provides a visual cue of curbs to protect the front splitter; automatic parking assist to find and steer into parallel or perpendicular parking spots; side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert.

Additionally, the Performance Data Recorder in the CTS-V allows drivers to record high-definition video, with data overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track, enabling sharing on social media.

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More powerful supercharged V-8 engine
The power behind the new CTS-V’s capability is an all-new, more powerful 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that makes more power more efficiently than the previous Cadillac supercharged engine. It employs a more-efficient, more-compact 1.7L supercharger and matches it with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation).

The supercharger’s rotors are smaller in diameter than the previous supercharged engine, allowing higher maximum rpm that enables power-enhancing boost to be generated earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

The Cadillac supercharged engine also has several unique features designed to support its high output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads, and lightweight titanium intake valves.

The CTS-V’s complementing eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times. Smaller steps between gears keep the engine within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

The new 8L90 transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, and Performance Algorithm Shifting to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many luxury performance sedans – but with the smoothness and refinement that come with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.

Stronger structure enhances body motion control
The CTS’s structure is highly mass optimized and designed to meet higher performance requirements, with enhancements to the V-Series developed to respond to cornering and torque loads that significantly exceed the levels experienced by the non-V models.

Unique and revised elements include:

Strut tower-to-tower brace
Strut tower-to-plenum brace
V-braces for the engine compartment
Strengthened rocker bulkhead
Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces
A unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis
Upper tie bar-to-bumper braces.

The enhancements bolster structural stiffness by 25 percent over non-V models, for more precise handling and steering – and a more confident feel from a vehicle that conveys strength through exceptional solidity.

“With the stronger body structure – and more than a decade of V-Series production models and the CTS-V racing program experience – engineers tuned the CTS-V to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality,” said David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “The result is class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement.”

Track-honed chassis and suspension
The CTS-V shares the same 114.6-inch (2,910 mm) wheelbase as the CTS non-V-Series models, but has wider front and rear footprints that enhance grip, reduce body motion and contribute to more direct-feeling steering.

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Nineteen-inch wheels wrapped with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires give the CTS-V its footprint and enable nearly 1g in lateral acceleration. The lightweight, forged aluminum wheels – measuring 9.5 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear – are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce un-sprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs.

The wheels are 45-percent stiffer than previous CTS-V wheels, while the Michelin tires feature a tri-compound tread that delivers excellent grip in performance driving situations, while offering excellent ride quality characteristics and extended tread wear.

Additional contributors to the CTS-V’s responsive, connected and track-capable driving experience include:

A revised multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension delivers a quicker response and increased lateral control, incorporating “hydro” bushings, where traditional elastomeric bushings are replaced with zero-compliance cross-axis ball joints, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar – for 20-percent greater roll stiffness
The ZF Steering Systems Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering gear, with 14-percent greater system stiffness for an improved feeling of precision and greater driver feedback
Cadillac’s five-link rear suspension features reduced roll center migration, stronger lateral control and effective anti-squat geometry, complementing the front suspension with greater body motion control. Contributing components include stiffer bushings, new cradle mounts, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar
A standard electronic limited-slip differential supports optimal traction and enables maximum corner exit acceleration
Larger prop shafts and greater half-shaft asymmetry (stiffer driver’s side shaft) mitigate power hop during acceleration
A Brembo brake system provides durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance. The system includes two-piece 15.3-inch-diameter (390 mm) front rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diamter (365 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers.

Also, the CTS-V features third-generation Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management. Four driver-selectable settings – Tour, Sport, Track and Snow – electronically calibrate performance variables to optimize the car for driving conditions. Performance Traction Management is offered in Track mode and features five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving.

Magnetic Ride Control “reads” the road a thousand times per second, sending data to magneto-rheological fluid-filled dampers that can independently control the damping characteristics of all four dampers. Third-generation improvements enable 40-percent faster damping response. At 60 mph, the third-generation magnetic ride control system calculates the optimal damping force for every inch of the road.

Functional form
Almost every exterior panel on the CTS-V is unique, from the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings – and each was designed to support the car’s capability, contributing to lift reduction, enhanced cooling or both.

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The unique elements include:

A lightweight carbon fiber hood featuring an air-extracting vent that pulls hot air out of the engine compartment and helps reduce lift at speed by channeling air pulled through the radiator out and over the top of car rather than allowing trapped air to exit under the car
Unique front and rear fascias provide optimal aero performance, with larger grille openings in the front fascia to feed more air to the supercharged engine. Even the mesh pattern of the signature grille openings is enlarged to allow more air into the radiator and multiple heat exchangers
A front splitter enhances handling by forcing air to push down on the front of the car rather than flow under it, where it can cause lift
Wider fenders to accommodate the wide, 19-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
The rocker moldings and rear spoiler are aero-optimized
The forged aluminum wheels and brake calipers are offered in three finishes, allowing owners to personalize the appearance of the CTS-V.

An available Carbon Fiber package takes aero performance and mass optimization to higher levels. The Carbon Fiber package includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser and spoiler.

“V-Series is the emotive core of Cadillac and the apex of the brand’s Art and Science design philosophy,” said Andrew Smith, executive director, Cadillac Global Design. “The CTS-V reflects that with a bold sense of arrival, serious performance, seamless integration of technology and precision in its craftsmanship. The exposed carbon fiber components, for example, are book-matched on the centerline for a more precise, tailored appearance.”

Performance-focused cabin
The CTS-V’s dual-purpose capability carries over to the interior, where the design and relationship of key components are focused expressly on performance-driving ergonomics.

“With the performance the new CTS-V is capable of delivering, the interior needs to be as functional as the other vehicle systems,” said Smith. “All of the contact points – the steering wheel, seats, shifter and pedals – are designed to make performance driving experiences direct and intuitive.”

The CTS-V features standard 20-way performance-oriented heated and ventilated front seats trimmed in semi-aniline leather, with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks. Available RECARO performance front seats deliver aggressive, adjustable bolsters that help hold the driver and front passenger in place during high-load cornering. They also have a luxury-performance feel, trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks.

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Additional features include Cadillac’s cut-and-sew elements, with decorative stitching and authentic materials such as available sueded steering wheel and shift knob. Three color combinations are offered: Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum accents and Saffron with Jet Black accents.

The CTS-V features a unique version of the 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster display, with V-Series graphics and distinctive gauge readouts and complementing full-color, reconfigurable head-up display. It is also equipped with the latest connectivity technologies from Cadillac:

CUE with Bluetooth connectivity with natural voice recognition
Navigation with Bose Surround Sound audio
Siri Eyes Free and text-to-voice that converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers
Wireless inductive phone charging
OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Performance Data Recorder is controlled via CUE’s color touch screen, and recordings can be reviewed on the screen when the vehicle is parked.

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