Six Things Your Friends Probably Don’t Know About The Caddy CTS-V

Published May 8, 2015

In developing the 2016 CTS-V Cadillac engineers created a coupe and sedan that rival their competitors from Germany on the track and not just in ad copy.


Rubber as sticky as the bottom of your Keds on hot cement

There’s no OEM tire that’s stickier than the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and that’s what the Caddy boys chose for the CTS-V. Sizes are 265/35R19  up front and 295/30R19 in the rear on special lightweight wheels. According to Cadillac, the Michelins are good for better than 1.00 g of lateral grip.


The all-new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V luxury performance sedan has a top speed of 201 mph from its supercharged 6.2L V-8 640 hp engine and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm). Equipped with Cadillac’s paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting, the CTS-V will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Fighting Above its Weight Class

In the initial reports from Cadillac, the division  claims that the 2016 CTS-V weighs-in at 4145 pounds, so that with 640 horsepower on tap, the sedan has a power-to-weight ratio of 6.5 pounds per horsepower. If these figures hold when the car is released, the CTS-V would offer a better power-to-weight ratio than either the BMW M5 (7.8 lbs. per HP) and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG (8.0 Ibs.per HP). To make matters worse for the Germans, both the M5 and E63 AMG carry the Gas Guzzler Tax while Cadillac is confident the CTS-V will not.


Good Ole American Iron (Rotors)

Rather than carbon/ceramic brakes, which would require larger wheels and tires, a Brembo cast iron rotor brake system is utilized. The system consists of two-piece 15.3 inch diameter front rotors with six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diameter rear rotors with four-piston calipers. Plenty of brake for a full-on track day.



More Bracing than the Golden Gate Bridge

Onto the already stout CTS chassis structure, Caddiliac engineers have added: Strut tower-to-tower brace, Strut tower-to-plenum brace, V-braces for the engine compartment, Strengthened rocker bulkhead, Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces, Aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis, and Upper tie bar-to-bumper braces. The enhancements bolster structural stiffness by a substantial 25 percent over non-V models!



One of the best electronic power steering systems just got better

The 2016 CTS-V uses the ZF Steering Systems Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering gear, a system already well-received in the normal CTS. Cadillac engineers further tuned the ZF system with a slightly faster ratio for the CTS-V.



Engine Stolen From The  Corvette Z06

The CTS-V’s supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 motor quite literally comes directly from the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The motor makes 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque in the Cadillac. Sharps eyes will recognize that’s a bit less than the same motor in the Vette. No explanation as to whether there we limitations in the CTS-V installation that caused the loss, or whether GM insisted that the Corvette be the horsepower leader. The CTS-V also shares the Z06’s  electronically controlled limited-slip differential and its 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission (though in a different outer case).



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