New performance Cadillac will go on sale in the US next summer, as the firm looks to trump its German competition
12 January 2015

Cadillac is aiming to trump its German rivals with the launch of the new CTS-V, the most powerful car ever made by the firm. 

With a total power output of 640bhp, the new CTS-V soundly beats the BMW M5 and its 600bhp in its most powerful form and the 585bhp Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. The new model is making its debut at the Detroit motor show.

Power comes from a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine, which is capable of pulling the CTS-V to 60mph in 3.7 seconds and allowing it to reach a top speed of 200mph. It’s coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Cadillac says it has increased torsional rigidity by up to 25 per cent compared with the standard CTS, while both the front and rear tracks have been widened. All in, the CTS-V weighs 1880kg, undercutting the BMW M5 by 65kg and putting it within 10kg of the Mercedes E63 AMG.

As on the new Corvette, both an electronic limited-slip differential and adjustable magnetic dampers are fitted to the rear-drive saloon. Two-piece, 390mm front rotors with 6-piston calipers sit behind forged 19-inch alloys to provide stopping power. Cadillac states the brakes “provide durability, consistency, and capability for track-day performance straight from the factory”.

Most exterior panels on the CTS-V are unique and an optional carbonfibre package compliments the standard carbonfibre bonnet, further improving aerodynamics and saving weight.

Inside, buyers can add Recaro seats to the cabin as well as a Performance Data Recorder, giving the ability to play back video and telemetry from track days.

The performance Cadillac will go on sale in the US next summer, but it’s doubtful the model will make its way to the UK as, like the standard CTS, it’s available in left-hand drive only.

Marc Noordeloos

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22 December 2014
....Yeh, good luck with that Cadillac!
You just don't know when to stop wasting money in Europe do you?

22 December 2014
289 wrote:

....Yeh, good luck with that Cadillac!
You just don't know when to stop wasting money in Europe do you?

Which report have you read? Who said anything about Europe?

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22 December 2014
"The 2016 CTS-V will be available for sale in North America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Japan and South Korea, Jim Vurpillat, director of global marketing for Cadillac said. Pricing has not been announced".

22 December 2014
America is producing some fantastic looking vehicles these days. This, the Mustang, the new Escalade, the Corvette and other hit the spot perfectly. the proportions, presence and aggression and cohesiveness is so impressive. I particularly like the E63 AMG, the M5 too, but I'll seriously consider this when the time comes to update. Well done, Cadillac!

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22 December 2014
true...their designs have improved quite a bit, but they are still astonishingly badly put together and the quality of the interior materials just wont cut it in Europe ( have you actually had a good look around one? - it makes the bad old days of British Leyland look good!). This may be forgivable in the States where people live in a bubble of nostalgia and either a) don't know better, b) just don't care, c)let their patriotism cloud their judgement....but here in Europe we pay the same in sterling or Euros as the Americans do in dollars, and that just makes them too expensive to overlook these shortcomings. THATS why they always fail in their attempts to infiltrate the European market.
If you were paying the same for a top spec Mustang/Challenger etc. as a basic Fiesta you might think it worth the risk, but we don't, we pay a lot more.
The Mustang is really in the public awareness with the 50th anniversary, and they have made the momentous decision to send over RHD as well, so I think Ford will sell a few of these in the small numbers they are planning for Europe, but for all the other American brands planning yet another 'invasion', the name just doesn't mean anything here, and therefore I predict another massive, costly fail for them.

23 December 2014
So much ignorance in one post. Have YOU actually had a good look around a new CTS or ATS? It's pretty clear you haven't or you wouldn't have uttered such blatantly false information.

They have improved massively and the Brand New CTS I was in a few weeks ago felt much more solid and the materials were much nicer than the CLA Mercedes loaner car we had.

You haven't got a clue what you're talking about and we can really do without your ignorant and xenophobic comments about the USA thankyou.

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289

23 December 2014
....nothing xenophobic about my comments...just fact. Look at the wasteland that is Detroit....that has happened for a reason, the US auto market didn't adapt and the Japanese humiliated them by slicing into their market....followed by the Koreans etc.
They may have improved massively but from what base level? and by the way, it wouldn't be hard to be better than a CLA which is rightly bombing in Europe. This is not a class leading example to use.
No I haven't seen the new CTS in the flesh yet as I couldn't care less about a car if I tried...although I do travel to the States regularly during the year (working in the Auto Industry as I do) and the cars I am shown/ride in are still crap.
I have seen the new Mustang and it is frankly laughable....but then you don't buy this for a classy interior.
However, if the roadtesters from the European magazines say that the latest American offerings still have a long way to go, I am happy to take that as read given that they get to try just about everything.
No good getting touchy about it Bigmitch...the good old US of A needs to up its game if it wants to compete in a sophisticated market like Europe!

23 December 2014
Oh really so "This may be forgivable in the States where people live in a bubble of nostalgia and either a) don't know better" isn't xenophobic ...You sir, are a dolt and probably a racist. So you haven't even seen a CTS in the flesh, let alone driven one? You're viewpoints are IRRELEVANT. Case Closed , casket dropped.

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289

23 December 2014
.... "This may be forgivable in the States where people live in a bubble of nostalgia"
Yes really big mitch...a bubble of nostalgia. Just look at your Trucks and School buses.....pure 1950's
And just as you deride me as a 'Dolt' whatever that is..despite never meeting me (therefore making assumptions), and a racist...I am not. I have a large number of close American friends due to the amount of time I spend there...you assume my view is irrelevant!
I understand you may be a patriot and want to show loyalty to your home market, but you need to get out more.
Its you turning this into a racist issue which it isn't... The cars are crap and have a great deal of catching up to do if they want to sell them in a sophisticated market FACT.
And as I said, part of the reason Detroit is the empty ghetto it is now.
RIP Detroit

23 December 2014
Well firstly, I'm not American so your shitty point is rather moot to say the least. Trucks and school Buses..really? This is what you're coming out with now? Oh and you have American friends now do you? Sounds like the typical I'm not racist cos I have Black friends mantra. Uh Huh. The FACT is, is that you haven't a fkin clue what you're talking about. You already bagged the crap out of modern day Cadillac's despite the fact you haven't even SEEN one let alone driven one. Honestly...do you realise how much of a tard you sound? SO the USA isn't a sophisticated market? Jesus..just be quiet before you embarrass yourself any further. It's pretty clear you know jack shit so just stfu.

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