In an announcement released earlier today, Cadillac has revealed the official pricing ladder for its 640 horsepower CTS-V luxury performance sedan. Enthusiasts wondering whether the model would lose its predecessor’s reputation for bargain friendly performance will be pleased to hear that not only will the CTS-V continue to be a formidable threat to rivals from BMW and Mercedes Benz, but will also continue to undercut them on overall price as well.
The $83,995 base price (not including the $995 destination charge) makes the CTS-V and its 640 screaming horsepower nearly $10,000 less than the 560 horsepower BMW M5, and is a whopping $18,000 less than the 577 horsepower Mercedes Benz E63 AMG S 4-Matic. However, the coup de grace is reserved for the 560 horsepower Audi RS7 where the CTS-V walks all over it by $25,000 which is very impressive for an American luxury performance sedan entry.
In an accompanying statement, Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen highlighted how important the V-Series range is to Cadillac’s broader sales success stating “V-Series represents the pinnacle of Cadillac, a brand that now makes driver’s cars at the highest level .” The new CTS-V is essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track capable sports car with awe-inspiring performance. This type of car is exclusive, the domain of the few who can access this level of incredible capability. V-Series matches or overtakes the finest cars in this elite class while being more accessible.”
With the ordering process now open for prospective buyers, Cadillac claims that the first production units will begin arriving at a Cadillac showroom near you sometime this fall. Look for some dealerships to receive CTS-V’s sooner than others, so we recommend that buyers do an extensive online search to see which dealers have cars in stock to avoid missing out on finding a car near them.
The BMW M5 and the Mercedes Benz E63 AMG have always dominated the performance luxury sedan segment, however it appears that their collective dominance is on the line thanks to the bold challenge issued by Cadillac and its recently unveiled 2016 Cadillac CTS-V which aims to crush its fore-mentioned opponents with raw horsepower and new found levels of refinement.
The exterior styling of the CTS-V stands out from its mainstream siblings thanks to a noticeably more aggressive front fascia which features large mesh inserts in the grille, a larger front air dam with incorporated splitter, and a bold powerdome hood that is made out of weight saving carbon fiber. 19-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels continue the sporty theme, and also give the CTS-V a balanced look at the same time. Meanwhile, the rear fascia features a bigger rear spoiler, and four round exhaust tips which are discreetly intergrated into an air diffuser. This meaner suit of clothes is certainly better looking than the BMW M5, and is on par with the E63 AMG in raw emotion which should please consumers that crave a distinct yet 100% American look to their performance purchase.
The interior has also been extensively upgraded and features 20 way power adjustable seats that offer oodles of support and should do a good job keeping occupants firmly in place during spirited driving. Splashes of carbon fiber build on the performance theme even further, while a wireless phone charger and Cadillac’s CUE system spice up the electronic wizardry category. Buyers craving even more support can opt for optional Recaro front bucket seats, and the same Corvette derived Performance Data Recorder software that first made its debut in the smaller ATS-V sedan/coupe.
Performance however is the main focal point in this car, and the 2016 CTS-V delivers on that front outgunning both the BMW and the Benz with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 borrowed from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 which is good for a whopping 640 horsepower, and an equally stout 630 lb-ft of torque. The engines logic blowing performance figures makes this car the most powerful production car ever produced in the brand’s 112 year history a title was last held by the last generation CTS-V. All of this muscle is channeled to the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission that features steering wheel mounted shift paddles to enhace driver involvement. While some folks may lament the demise of a manual shift it yourself option that defined the previous generation CTS-V, the eight speed makes up for it by allowing the car to rocket from 0 to 60 mph in a speedy 3.7 seconds.
After it greets the crowds at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will make its way to dealer lots late next summer. Cadillac did not release pricing information during today’s conference, but look for that information as well as final fuel economy figures to be revealed closer to the car’s official launch. This car strongly reflects Cadillac’s commitment to reinventing itself as a brand that thrives on winning and success. If the CTS-V lives up to the hype and achieves just that, the Germans should be very concerned about the long term future of their stranglehold of the luxury performance sedan segment.