Cadillac Wants Even More Powerful CTS-V
With 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the 2016 CTS-V trumps its German competitors in the performance department, but Cadillac seems to think the sedan isn’t powerful enough. At least that’s what Automobile claims, adding that a "well-placed source" inside Cadillac says the GM-owned brand wants to inject even more oomph in the CTS-V.
As it turns out, Cadillac fears that once BMW and Mercedes-Benz launch updated versions of the M5 and E63 AMG, the CTS-V will no longer be on top. So even though the current sedan has 80 and 73 horsepower more than the M5 and E63 AMG S-Model, respectively, Cadillac already wants to up the ante in the output department to make sure that the CTS-V remains the most powerful mid-size. luxury.
"The Cold War continues. I don’t know where it stops, but it’s not at 640 horsepower, that’s for sure," the unnamed source told Automobile.
It’s not yet clear whether the CTS-V will get more power with the mid-cycle facelift, but a drivetrain upgrade is more likely to arrive with the next-generation sedan, which is at least five years away.
The current CTS-V uses the same supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and needs only 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Though it’s not the quickest premium mid-size out there (the E63 AMG S-Model needs 3.5 seconds for the same benchmark), the CTS-V comes with a mind-boggling 200-mph top speed.
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Why it matters
Though I think the CTS-V is wild enough as it is, there’s no such thing as too much horsepower in Detroit. And the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat is the best proof you can have. However, updating the CTS-V to nearly 700 horses wouldn’t make much sense, and there are at least three reasons for that.
First, a Cadillac needs to be a comfortable, luxurious vehicle before anything else. Turning the CTS-V into a road-legal dragster might be a turn off for certain customers. Second, I have strong doubts that the next M5 and E63 AMG will pump out more than 600 horsepower. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz will focus on weight-saving measures rather than ludicrous power, which should mean quicker sprints with not that much extra power.
If anything, they will be quicker than the CTS-V from 0 to 60 mph, but certainly not more powerful.
Third, Cadillac isn’t Dodge. While Dodge has a successful muscle car era and decades of drag racing to defend with the Hellcat nameplate, Cadillac made a name for itself by building some of the most luxurious and commanding vehicles in the world, rivaling products from Rolls-Royce and Bentley back in the good old days. Instead of more powerful Cadillacs, maybe GM should think about the Chevy Camaro that could compete with the Challenger Hellcat.
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