Industry rumors suggest the next CTS-V will be powered by a 640-horsepower version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine found under the hood of the potent Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The eight-cylinder mill will produce 10 fewer ponies in the CTS than in the ‘Vette but it will make the Cadillac significantly more powerful than European rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the BMW M5.
Set to sit at the top of the CTS range, the V model will stand out from its less powerful and more affordable siblings thanks to a deep front bumper with three large air ducts, a power dome hood, mesh inserts in the radiator grille and four large exhaust pipes. Alloy wheels wrapped by low-profile tires will add a finishing touch to the track-inspired look.
Like the current model (pictured), the 2016 CTS-V will boast a number of upgrades including bucket seats for the front passengers and a meaty three-spoke steering wheel. The Performance Data Recorder that is already available on the Corvette Stingray and the smaller ATS-V that debuted last month in Los Angeles will likely be offered as an option.
Full details about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will emerge in the weeks leading up to its global debut in the nation’s Motor City. The hot-rodded Caddy is scheduled to go on sale next spring.