The new American luxury bruiser uses the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that also does duty in the new Corvette Z06. Under this particular hood, it makes 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. The mill is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. Top speed is a nice, round 200 mph while the 0-60 sprint takes 3.7 seconds.
“V-Series represents the pinnacle of Cadillac, a brand that now makes drivers’ cars at the highest level,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “The new CTS-V is essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car. This type of car is exclusive, the domain of the few who can access this level of incredible capability. V-Series matches or overtakes the finest cars in this elite class, while being more accessible.”
That starting price undercuts the Mercedes E63 sedan by about $15,000, the BMW M5 by about $9,000 and the 560- hp Audi RS7 by about $23,000. Pull quotes aside, that makes the CTS-V quite a value proposition.
The new sedan comes standard with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, which varies from stiff to comfortable, a carbon fiber hood, 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, suede accents and matte carbon fiber trim.
For the record, the smaller ATS-V starts at $60,465 and launches in late spring.
News Source: autoweek