Next months Detroit Motor Show will feature the most powerful Cadillac made yet the 640bhp CTS-V. This four-door super-saloon significantly outguns the established German powerhouses in both power and torque. The supercharged 6.2-litre LT4 V8 produces a tarmac-shredding 855Nm of torque at 3600rpm. If you can avoid immediately vapourising the rear tyres (the Cadillac is rear-wheel-drive only), 0-60mph takes a supercar-troubling 3.7 seconds. A launch control system should allow you to achieve that time whenever you choose. Flat out the CTS-V will reach 200mph no electronic limiters are to be found here. Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen states The new CTS-V soars into the stratosphere of the most exhilarating luxury cars.??? With performance figures like that, its hard to disagree.
An 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with paddleshifts transmits the prodigious power to the 10 wide rear tyres, via an electronic limited slip differential. With shortened ratios, Cadillac claim the CTS-V will offer shift times to rival a dual-clutch transmission. Reigning it all back in are Brembo performance brakes, with calipers in three different finishes, which Cadillac claim offer the necessary fade-resistant stopping power for track use. At 1880kg, the brakes have a lot of mass to contend with. Active Fuel Management promises to reign in potentially eye-watering fuel consumption by using cylinder deactivation.
Cadillac have gone to a lot of effort in making the CTS-V a stand-out performance model. Over the regular CTS almost no body panel is unchanged. As well as changes front and rear, wider arches hide lightweight 19 aluminium wheels, whilst the bonnet is carbon fibre. You can option a Carbon Fibre package that includes a front splitter, rear spoiler and diffuser. Helping to keep that front splitter intact is a curb-view camera system. The CTS-V is not all show significant work has been carried out under the skin. Extensive additional bracing boosts chassis stiffness by 25%, enabling the host of suspension tweaks to work more effectively. Cadillac are serious about making the CTS-V work as well on the track, important if it wants to threaten the established fast four-doors from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.
Inside the CTS-V is an exercise in focus and restraint; a tastefully-trimmed cabin with contrast stitching for the acres of leather. Recaro sports seats are an option. Suede is used for the gear-shifter and steering wheel. The drivers display can be configured to your wishes, with bespoke graphics for the CTS-V. Theres even a Performance Data Recorder, although you can only view the output when stationary. Bluetooth, navigation and Bose Surround Sound audio all feature. There are four driving modes to choose from Snow, Tour, Sport, and Track, which dictate the response of the Magnetic Ride Control dampers among many other parameters. In Track mode the Performance Traction Management offers five levels of traction and braking intervention.
The Cadillac CTS-V is expected to appear in showrooms in the summer of 2016. Unfortunately it will be left-hand drive only, so it is unlikely to make it over to the UK. Theres always the possibility of European sales, but chances are personal import will be the only way to get your hands on this monster.