Cadillac’s flagship 2016 CTS-V is definitely here to give Mercedes-Benz and BMZ some serious competition when it comes to the combination of luxury and performance. The Detroit automaker has teased the paddle-shift 8-speed automatic transmission in its top car and now it’s releasing the full gawdy specs, which include a 630 lb.-ft. of torque and 640 hp out of a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
The sedan-slash-race-car gets up to 60 mph from zero in 3.7 seconds and can reach speeds north of 200 mph. That makes the third-gen CTS-V the most powerful Cadillac ever and the crown jewel of the company’s decade-old V-Series performance division. Or, as Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen put it, “the pinnacle of our design and technical capabilities.”
In a press release, Cadillac touts that the CTS-V, which arrives next summer, has “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 CTS-V has a 1.7L supercharger, which is matched up with direct injection and cylinder deactivation for optimized performance.
Cadillac’s luxury sports sedan has a 114.6-inch wheelbase – the same as the CTS non-V-Series models – but it’s chassis is 25 percent stiffer, enhancing both handling and steering. The sedan’s “wider front and rear footprints” also improve grip.
Inside the cabin, the driver is greeted with a 12.3-inch display equipped with CUE with Bluetooth connectivity, navigation with Bose Surround Sound audio, Siri Eyes Freee and wireless phone charging. Perhaps one of the coolest features in the CTS-V is the Performance Data Recorder, which drivers can use to record high-definition video of the car’s performance and then share it on social networks.
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