It may not be as glamorous as its peers from Mercedes, Porsche, or BMW, but the CTS-V is poised to muscle the iconic U.S. brand into the future.
by Hannah Elliott
December 21, 2015 — 7:30 AM EST
When was the last time you heard an engine and knew it was a Cadillac coming down the road?
Not lately, I’d imagine. The Escalade and ATS aren’t exactly the roaring type.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan, on the other hand, is. Coming up the driveway or around a bend, that supercharged 6.2-liter V8 sounds like a grizzly bear.
It shouldn’t be too surprising. The third-generation CTS-V shares the same angry engine as the Corvette Z06. It gets 640 horsepower on its 8-speed, automatic, rear-wheel driver, with a 60-mile-per-hour sprint time of 3.6 seconds and an honest-to-goodness top seed of 200mph.
Pushing up the highway last week outside New York, the CTS-V ravaged the road wherever I pointed it. Push the gas and it’ll bound forward, all four corners at once, and devour asphalt as if it’s storing protein for a long winter ahead. It feels big and square to drive; this is no sport coupe. The rear-wheel drive feels powerful, if a little heavy, in a way that could soon define a nouveau Detroit opulence. This would be a good thing.