Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac CTS-V

by April 11, 2016

If you said the USA doesn’t build some of the fastest cars around, a few years ago at least, you’d be right. Today, though, you might be wrong.

Earlier this year, Chevrolet pressed the reset button with the introduction of the new Corvette Z06. It’s loaded with power, handling, brakes, and the necessary aerodynamics to back up its supercar benchmarks. Then there’s the all-new Camaro that promises to be light years ahead of the old one.

Cadillac, on the other hand, is keeping its end up, starting with the wicked-fun ATS-V and now the all-new, third-generation CTS-V sedan.

Cadillac CTS-V rear sideTen years ago, this was the car that created the notion of a high performance Cadillac and it followed the basic hot rod formula – drop a one-size-too-big engine into a one-size-too-small sedan.

At the same time, performance cars were engaged in a horsepower war, but the new CTS has gotten even bigger. To speed-crazy Cadillac engineers, that meant their new grand sedan would need a serious boost in performance handling if it was to be worthy of the CTS-V badge.

Cadillac CTS-V engineAnd boost it they did, literally, using a similar supercharged 6.2-litre V8 to what’s found in the Corvette Z06 (there’s a theme here, we reckon) that makes a staggering 477kW and 855Nm.

That’s just a few digits shy of the Z06’s supercar numbers, primarily due to exhaust packaging constraints in the CTS platform, according to Cadillac engineers. Regardless, that’s still more power than a Mercedes-AMG E63 S or BMW M5. Or HSV GTS, for that matter.

Cadillac CTS-V steering wheelThe cabin reflects modern Cadillac design, with clean lines and straightforward controls. Drivers enjoy a near perfect seating position with excellent forward visibility. When parking, we appreciated the back-up cameras and sensors. The optional Recaro buckets are worth the additional spend for an ideal combination of long distance comfort and on-track support. 

There is only one transmission option for punters, and it’s a good one. GM’s developed an entirely new eight-speed automatic ’box that’s said to shift faster than Porsche’s renowned PDK on upshifts and nearly as rapidly on downshifts.

Cadillac CTS-V drivingIt does indeed shift quickly, though whether the shifts are indeed quicker than a top dual-clutch can’t be discerned by any human being, at least on this earth.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Engine: 6.2-litre V8, OHV, 16v, supercharger
Power: 477kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 854Nm @ 3600rpm
Weight: 1884kg
0-96km/h: 3.7sec (claimed)
Price: AUD$119,308
Like: Stunning engine; handling ability; mega brakes
Dislike: No manual; weight; not available in Oz