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New performance Cadillac will go on sale in the US next summer, as the firm looks to trump its German competition
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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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madmac 5 January 2015

Figures

All the bickering about interior quality aside,lets see the actual numbers it does.I fear it will not be as good as the AWD cars,and hope that Jaguar follow up their bold move with AWD in the F Type by also putting it in the XFR-S and XER-S.Here in NA it will be cheaper with a cheaper interior,but you get what you pay for.
Peter Cavellini 5 January 2015

helllo!!!hello!!!!!

Assuming Autocar check their Web pages,This car will go well with Uncle Sam's super Saloon fraternity,but, this side of the Pond?.My first line is in response to the fact that some posts are repeated two or three times for one story.
Factczech 5 January 2015

A Pig In Lipstick...

GM seems to think that putting a massive engine in an old design with 70s style rear spoiler would somehow make this car desirable. The Holdens that they bases this on would better a better prospect. Come on GM bring something new to the party instead of this pig in lipstick.....