The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has been photographed being tested in winter weather. The profile can be seen but there is a lot of camouflage. The photographer says that they saw an ATS-V prototype with the same grille and cow catcher which could mean that the design is something that will be used in the future for a bulk of Cadillacs. However, it does look rather crude to be the finished item.
There are similarities with the new ATS coupe that was recently debuted in Detroit in the way that the C-pillar and body side meet and the way the boot lid is shaped. It is also a bit like the Elmiraj concept. However, this could just be a trick to cause more disguise. It is not expected that there will be big changes to the sheet metal compared to the 2014 CTS but with the big spaces between the quad exhausts and the larger air intakes imply that there is a significant engine size.
The CTS-V is a halo car for GM and in many ways for America which means that it is very important. It will be trying to compete with the Audi, Mercedes and BMW shoppers and so it will have a big job to convince them to shop elsewhere. It also is a high price and so will need to be able to justify that.
The platform will be the same as that used for the ATS and CTS, It is possible that aluminium and other lighter materials will be used to save weight. There will not be either a coupe or wagon version of it.
It is expected that there will be the same engine as is powering the Corvette Z06; a 6.2 litre supercharged LT4 V8. It will be necessary though for the car to be able to reach 600 horsepower in order to compete in its market sector. The eight speed automatic will power the back wheels and it is expected that there will be no manual option. The car pictured has Michelin Pilot Super sport tyres.
It is expected that the car will be arriving on the market in the middle of 2015 as a 2016 model. The prices should start at about $75,000.