2016 Cadillac CTS-V Spy Shots

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V spy shots

The BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG better watch out as Cadillac is readying a new generation of its CTS-V ballistic missile, one that’s lighter, better built and likely packing more power than its predecessor. These are the latest spy shots of a prototype for the new CTS-V, which we expect to be launched on the market next year as a 2016 model.

Though heavily masked, the prototype gives away some clues as to what we can expect on the new CTS range-topper. It looks like the car will sport a revised grille as well as new intakes in its lower bumper. The wheels are also much wider and at the rear we see four round exhaust tips instead of the rectangular pair fitted to the regular CTS. 

Air vents on the domed hood likely hints at a force-fed V-8 nestled underneath. We’re expecting a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 like that fitted to the previous CTS-V, though there are reports that Cadillac engineers may go with a new twin-turbocharged V-8 instead.

One thing you can bet on is more power than the 556-horsepower rating of the previous CTS-V, which combined with the lighter mass of the car’s Alpha platform should translate to dramatic improvements in dynamic performance. Look for output to lie close to or exceed the 575 horsepower of the latest M5 Competition Package and 577 horsepower of the E63 AMG S-Model--an M5 can even be seen alongside the CTS-V prototypes in some of the shots. It's not clear if Cadillac will offer an all-wheel-drive option on its new CTS-V like AMG did with its latest E63, but rear-wheel drive will almost certainly remain standard fare.

Expect all the performance bells and whistles on the new CTS-V, such as the latest magnetic ride suspension, a limited-slip differential, beefy brakes and high-performance rubber. The prototype featured here is wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Hopefully the transmission will be based on the quick-shifting eight-speed 8L90 automatic that debuts in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Unfortunately, all these upgrades will push prices up. Expect a hefty premium on the $60k starting price of the current CTS range-topper, the CTS Vsport. To cater to fans seeking a less expensive performance sedan, Cadillac will introduce a smaller ATS-V sometime in the next 12 months as well.


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