So, you want Corvette performance, but you want four doors. You have two options. The expensive, tough one? Start with a Corvette and a Sawzall.
The easy way? Ante up for this car—the new, third-generation Cadillac CTS-V.
It starts with the CTS, already one of the best-looking, best-handling luxury mid-size sedans you can buy. For V-Series duty, the CTS gets stuffed with the Corvette Z06’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. The LT4 engine is good for 640 horsepower, making it a sledgehammer of a sedan more powerful than some supercars—the Lamborghini Huracán for one. Compared to the BMW M5, it’s up 65 horsepower.
As for the numbers, Cadillac is quoting a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 200 miles per hour. The power is routed through an eight-speed automatic to the rear wheels—and there’s launch control to help execute perfect runs every time.
Other new running gear includes a carbon fiber hood, beefy Brembo brakes, faster-responding adaptive shocks, and track-tuned traction and stability control systems. The suspension and electronic power steering system have also been tuned for quicker response.
Nineteen-inch wheels wrapped with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires give the CTS-V its massive footprint and enable nearly 1 g in lateral acceleration. They wrap around lightweight, forged aluminum wheels that help reduce unsprung weight.
On the outside, the CTS-V can be fitted with carbon-fiber trim in the form of a hood vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. Inside, there's matte-finish carbon fiber trim and sueded leather. The standard front seats are 20-way adjustable with heating and ventilation. Sporty Recaro front seats are available and come with adjustable bolsters that help hold occupants in place during high-load cornering.
When it goes on sale later this year, the 2016 CTS-Vwill sport active safety features like a front curb-view camera system, automatic parking assist, blind-spot monitors, forward-collision alerts, and lane keep assist. Topping it all off, the CUE infotainment system gets its own performance-driven screens, GM’s Performance Data Recorder, and most of the standard goodies from the regular CTS.