The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is coming. A 2016 CTS-V prototype recently dazzled spy photographers by stepping out for some testing in little more than swirl camouflage, giving us a sneak peek at the next CTS-V's aggressive new sheetmetal, grille, and bazooka-sized exhaust pipes. This particular Cadillac CTS-V prototype gives us our best look at yet at what the next CTS-V will look like. Up front, the CTS-V gets a new grille dominated by vertical lines, rather than the mesh design that we've seen on the past two generations of CTS-Vs. The new grille mimics the ones we've seen on ATS-V prototypes, leading us to believe that this is the new face of Cadillac's V performance brand.
The CTS-V prototype's nose is subtly different from the standard CTS.
The lower portion of the grille seems to have been enlarged for better
cooling performance, and the side intakes next to the CTS' signature
vertical LED light pipes appear to be functional cooling ducts for the
brakes. The CTS-V's hood has also been squared-off and given a big power
bulge, similar to the hood found on the previous-generation CTS-V.
Cadillac covered up the 2016 CTS-V prototype's
rear end rather well, but we can see that it gets a quad-tipped exhaust
system, a re-designed rear bumper, and a lip spoiler integrated into the
trunk lid. Like the old CTS-V, the new model looks to be wearing meaty
Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Hiding under the CTS-V's power bulged hood is likely a version of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. While the CTS Vsport
makes due with a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 making 420 hp and 430 lb-ft
of torque, we expect the CTS-V to put out near 600 horsepower. A six- or
seven-speed manual will likely be the standard transmission, with the
Corvette Z06's quick-shifting eight-speed automatic an available extra.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V could be revealed as early as next year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Thanks to: Motor Trend