2016 Cadillac CTS-V Spied Under Heavy Camouflage

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.

Michael Carter
Cadillac is going to continue to kick some ass and continue to be a Audi-Killer, BMW-Killer and Mercedes-Benz-Killer.
General Motors has the right mindset with the current approach to designing and building cars as GM doesn't want a car that can just compete with the best of Europe, General Motors wants to build cars that are superior to that of Europe as this is why the 2015 Corvette Stingray Z06 will most likely be even better than the C6 Corvette ZR1 and if the next generation Cadillac CTS-V is equipped with the same Chevy LT4 engine, the CTS-V will have a horsepower advantage over cars from Europe and will be a true super-sedan on the road.
@automobilemag Let's see what we got this time :D
@automobilemag Not a huge fan of Caddies, but this is pretty sexy!

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