2016 Cadillac CTS-V Confirmed for Detroit Auto Show Debut in January

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We’ve been expecting this for a long time now, but the peeps at Cadillac let the cat out the bag after a helluva lot of speculation - the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will debut in Detroit in January. Of course, we’ll be there to snap some photographs of it and to report what it's got on the go-faster front in the flesh.
General Motors’ luxury division told autoevolution that the 2015 North American International Auto Show, starting on January 12th, will be the place where we’ll see “on display with the next-generation CTS-V will be the all-new ATS-V, along with the entire award-winning Cadillac lineup.”

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V was already undressed of its secrets at Los Angeles, but what about the CTS-V?

Well, the American manufacturer told us that “the Cadillac CTS-V inaugurated the V-Series more than a decade ago” and “now it’s time for the V-Series to elevate to the next level.”

Whether that next level will be BMW M5-rivaling performance, only time will tell, but the new CTS-V shapes up to become a world class uber sedan, just like the F10-gen M5.

Apparently there will be no manual transmission available, but that’s nitpicking if we’re to be frank

Although the fast-shifting Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic was reserved only for LT1 and LT4 small-block 6.2-liter engines, the ATS-V’s twin-turbo V6 is mated to it. Because the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will use the same 6.2 supercharged V8 from the 2015 Corvette Z06, expect the Porsche PDK-rivaling 8L90 automatic to be implemented here as well. What about the oomph the CTS-V will pack?

While the current model year CTS-V Coupe and Sedan boast with 556 hp and 551 lb-ft (747 Nm) of torque, we expect engineers to have reworked the powerhouse to produce approximately 600 horsepower, if not more. It’s redundant to make presumptions blindly like other auto publications.

That’s why we recommend to wait gingerly and quietly and see what Cadillac has in store for us besides some fine tuning to the advanced Magnetic Ride Control suspension and other performance driving aids.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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