It might be wrapped in swirly black-and-white camouflage on nearly every surface, but the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V was hard at work testing in the snow. We captured some spy shots of the upcoming performance sedan, and a few signature features give us our first clues as to how the final production car might look.
The next-generation Cadillac CTS-V is expected to have even more power than the outgoing super-sedan, which packed 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque under its hood. Cadillac is rumored to employ a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, as it did with the outgoing CTS-V, but this particular engine could be related to the 625-hp LT4 engine in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. That would give the Cadillac CTS-V’s V-8 engine significantly more power on tap than the 550-hp 2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and 577-hp E63 S AMG. BMW’s high-performance M5 extracts 560 hp.
All of that American muscle will need to breathe plenty of air, and the Cadillac CTS-V will oblige with three large front-air intakes and a wide-slatted vertical grille. The shape of the headlamps isn’t clear, but we can see LEDs as well as daytime-running lamps integrated into the lower front fascia. Several details on this car match those on the Cadillac ATS-V prototypes we've spotted before, including the fact that the front grille utilizes the same vertical-slat arrangement. Whether such a shape will carry over to the production CTS-V remains to be seen, but it at least makes way for speculation that this could be a common style amongst V-powered Cadillacs, much like the dark silver mesh grilles on previous models. A quad exhaust is another element that this CTS-V tester shares with the ATS-V prototype we saw before, except that the smaller ATS-V positions the four tailpipes much closer together. A wider setup, which each pair of exhaust pipes toward the outer edges of the rear bumper, will likely be unique to the CTS-V in Cadillac’s lineup. The Cadillac ATS-V is expected to get around 500 hp from either a 3.2- or 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6.
When the 420-hp 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport lapped the Nürburgring in 8:14:10, just 14 seconds slower than the outgoing CTS-V did it in 2009, we were admittedly very impressed. Judging by all of the hype surrounding the upcoming CTS-V, likely more than a year before it will even debut, the new car is sure to shock and awe.