It’s time to gather at the docks, Cadillac’s flagship, the 2016 CTS-V, is setting sail. Dealers are now accepting orders for its next-generation, 640 horsepower sedan officially launching late this summer. It was unveiled earlier this year in Detroit and is the second V-Series Cadillac hitting the road this year. The first is the ATS-V that will arrive late this spring.
“V-Series represents the pinnacle of Cadillac, a brand that now makes drivers’ cars at the highest level,” says 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 with awe-inspiring performance. 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.”
The two new V-Series cars mark Cadillac’s effort to significantly expand its elite, high-performance line and to become more accessible to drivers by offering more options and prices. For drivers interested in getting one of these sweet Caddy’s, it has a starting price of $83,995 which does not include a standard $995 delivery charge.
The 2016 CTS-V will be facing off to a stiff competition since it falls into the same elite class of high performing sedans such as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63. However, Cadillac thinks its flagship is more then ready to take on the competition.
The CTV-V will be the most powerful car in Cadillac’s storied 112-year history. It delivers a 0-60 in a 3.7 seconds with a 6.2-Liter supercharged V-8 eight-speed automatic transmission that also offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles. It has a top speed of 200 mph and the icing on the cake is that the CTS-V packs 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, which is more than the BMW and Mercedes.
It will come standard with segment-exclusive, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest reacting suspension technology. It also includes a carbon fiber hood, Brembo brakes, and 19-inch wheels that are equipped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The interior features sueded microfiber accents with matte carbon fiber trim. Drivers will also be able to choose from different driving modes that include touring, sport and track, and performance.
The ATS-V, due out before the CTS-V, is also designed as a track ready car. Available in both a coupe and a sedan version it comes packing 464 horsepower and Cadillac’s Twin Turbo V6 engine that clocks in a 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. It has a starting price of $60,465.