Can GM’s New Offering Compete with The Big Boys Of Europe?
I have always wished GM would build either a 4 door or 2+2 Corvette. The two previous generations of the range-topping CTS-V from Cadillac have come close but this time they have nailed it.
Stepping into the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan and pushing the start button awakens the slightly detuned 6.2 liter Corvette Z06 Monster Motor packing a walloping 640 Horsepower and 630 lb-feet of Torque. The masterful 8 speed automatic works perfect as this four door Caddy drives away effortlessly with a sweet exhaust rumble heard a block away. A stand still to 60 MPH sprint comes up in a quick 3.7 seconds. This one one Cool Caddy.
No, this not an old AMG product from Mercedes Benz where the emphasis is on engine power and engine power alone. This is an all around super sports sedan ready to battle the BMW M5, Mercedes E AMG models, Jaguar R Types and Audi RS models in handling, braking and chassis dynamics.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS is based on a modified version of the smaller Cadillac ATS sedan, yet despite the stretch job, the CTS is incredibly agile and controlled in virtually every driving condition. With the CTS-V Magnetic Ride Control the driver can. pick between the soft and comfortable ride you’d expect from a Cadillac, to a driver-focused suspension that corners sharply and controls the body superbly.
The Brembo Brakes are first class, no question. For the last decade or more GM engineers have used the famous Nürburgring.Circuit in Germany to fine-tune the high performance vehicles in the portfolio and it shows. You don’t have to be driving triple digits speeds to appreciate the CTS-V a simple ride to the local supermarket will leave you with wide smile on your face.
The interior and is well done with great materials a style-rich, feature-packed cabin with first-rate materials and assembly quality. The soft-touch padding and leather upholstery create an inviting ambiance. The rear seat is equally nice, but it’s also notably smaller than its primary European rivals. Taking center stage on the dash is the CUE infotainment system, which Cadillac says has been improved with a faster processor and improved interface this year. I’m still not a fan of the system Cadillac keeps working on the hypersensitivity of the controls.
The creased fenders, rippled hood and prominent grille on the 2016 CTS stand out even among its talented competitors in the luxury-sedan segment. Details range from the pragmatic – grille shutters that close to improve aerodynamics – to pretty, such as the seamless aluminum trim around the side windows. Cadillac’s signature “Art and Science design DNA works well here in a stealth sedan kind of presentation.
I myself would prefer a sexy body shape in coupe or coupe like sedan design. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. THE CTS V Sedan sedan begins sticker price wise at $85,930 and can easily climb into the low 90K range like my test model. Pricey, but right on target with is competitors
With true 200 MPH capability the CTS V is, the fastest and most powerful production vehicle it’s ever built, “two cars in one”: a luxury sedan and a track-capable sports car. Hats off to Chief Engineer Dave Leone the CTS-V is one of the most exciting and best sedans I have ever driven.