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2016 Cadillac CTS-V to Get Supercharged V8 Engine

As a follow-up on the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V spy photos we've published yesterday, our photographers managed to capture the super saloon in all its glory setting fast laps on the demanding Nurburgring track in Germany. The big news is that the thunderous V8 burble is present together with a specific supercharger whine sound.
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Wearing less camouflage than yesterday and sporting a thumping great air intake in the bonnet and a not so subtle spoiler integrated in the boot lid, we're pretty sure that the upcoming Caddy CTS-V Sedan will be quite the machine when it will officially break cover later this year. So what about that V8 tower-of-power under the hood?

The last hurrah special edition of the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe packs 556 horsepower from its blown V8 powerhouse, thus we expect that the 2016 model year to get the same V8 powerhouse but with added punch to compete, on paper at least, with the BMW M5's 560 Bavarian ponies. A prototype of the CTS-V was spotted back in May, but just like the vehicle captured on film yesterday, the driver didn't tickle the loud pedal enough to let our photographers hear if those big fins behind the intakes on both corners of the lower front grille are there to keep a pair of turbochargers cool for optimum performance.

Fortunately, Nurburgring testing implies pedal-to-the-metal action and flat out cornering, so now we definitely know that the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will retain its supercharger, while the smaller 2015 Cadillac ATS-V will draw its oomph from a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 powerplant. Compared to the more humane 2015 Cadillac CTS, the -V spotted gets lower profile performance rubber, Sparco bucket seats, quad exhausts sticking out from a nicely sculpted rear diffuser and redesigned tail light clusters. Moreover, the test vehicle in question also sports a feature that won't be carried over to the production model, namely a roll cage. Not only does it complicate getting in and out of the car, but a luxury sedan such as Caddy's CTS isn't fit for such a safety feature.

The big mystery is just how much extra horses will engineers squeeze out of the blown 6.2-liter V8 mill. On the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 it's rated at 650 ponies and 650 lb-ft of torque and it's helped by a 1.7-liter supercharger that can spin up to 20,000 rpm. We presume that the all-new Cadillac CTS-V won't break the 600 horsepower figure, but still, that's a fair lump of power all things considered, on par with the BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition, which is limited to only 300 units and retails for $138,725. Thus, you might say that the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is a bit of a bargain considering that the least expensive model is expected to hold a $65,000 price tag.

 
 
 
 
 

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