The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is a very mighty automobile with an especially powerful 640 supercharged horsepower engine. This Corvette powered monster has a few tricks up its sleeve and we want to share almost all of them with you. These are some things that are little known about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V but are important to know just how and were all of the powerful performance sums up.
The most interesting aspect of this beautiful automobile is that nothing about the styling is decorative. Everything you see on the A-pillar is very unique to the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. From the vented carbon-fiber hood, widened fenders with extractor vents, down to the entire fascia and grille treatment are all V-specific—and functional—pieces.
The very soul and brain the actual driveline for that matter of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V are straight out of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. This of course includes the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8, which makes 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque which is just a bit weaker than the actual Corvette. The Z06 also lends its electronically controlled limited-slip differential and the 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. Pretty cool collaboration if you ask me.
Just like the weaker vehicles from Cadillac, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V uses electric power assist for its steering. Of course this adds up to the existing fact that the regular CTS’s steering rack is among the most lively and accurate in the mid-size luxury sedan segment.
While BMW M5 and Benz E63 AMG owners aren’t so lucky with the gas-guzzler tax, Cadillac assures its customers that it expects that the super-sedan will avoid the taxation. We must stress out that the final EPA fuel-economy estimates for the2016 Cadillac CTS-V are still pending.
The guys from Cadillac definitely step up a notch with this model, and we can express this in a way that even it’s heat exchangers have heat exchangers. The V, compared to other CTS models has far more cooling to handle knowing it’s power and performance on track. Yes we weren’t joking about those heat exchangers. It has five more heat exchangers than we are accustomed to see on a V6–powered CTS.
This model just for comparison has just two: the radiator and an A/C-related exchanger. The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V’s transmission-cooling inlet is pictured here; it’s situated on the underside of the front bumper. Each front wheel well houses exhaust ducting for a different auxiliary unit. The auxiliary radiator lives in the right-hand wheel well, while an auxiliary intercooler sits in the left-hand well. Both are force-fed air through the outboard intakes in the CTS-V’s front.
From Cadillac stress out that there won’t be a carbon-ceramic brake option because as they say the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is the actual track package. Instead, the V makes do with tried-and-true iron brake rotors clasped by six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo calipers.
When it comes to the CTS-V’s standard summer tires, Cadillac is equipped with Y-rated, staggered-width Michelin Pilot Super Sport that are specially designed for the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. The measurements are 265/35-19 up front and 295/30-19 in the back.
According to Cadillac, the setup is good for more than 1.00 g of lateral grip.Of course this 640 sports sedan will drive just as wild in cold climates too as the CTS-V will also be compatible with snow tires. General Motors stress out that they expect three to four choices to be available by the time the V goes on sale next year.
Cadillac’s engineers fitted the rear-wheel-drive 2016 Cadillac CTS-V with asymmetrical driveshafts to fight axle hop off of the line. This basically means that the left side of the vehicle is not the same as the right side. To be exact, the left-hand driveshaft is noticeably larger in diameter than the right-hand piece. On the other hand both are much stiffer than the ones on the regular CTS.
Powered by a golden ratio, Cadillac claims that the 2016 CTS-V weighs 4145 pounds, meaning that with 640 horsepower, the sedan has an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 6.5 pounds per horsepower. According to Cadillac that puts the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V in pole position ahead of BMW M5 with 7.8 pounds per horsepower and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG with 8.0 pounds per horsepower.