It’s unheard of, really, a production Cadillac capable of going 200 mph. Of course, if you watched the movie “The Last Stand” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, you saw a specially modified ZR1 that the bad guy drove at 197 mph through remote Nevada, but a Cadillac? Well, a 200-mph 2016 is coming soon. Really.
The luxury division of General Motors has announced that a 640-horsepower, 630-pound feet of torque 2016 Cadillac CST-V will launch in late summer 2015. Top speed is listed at 200 mph.
All that speed is due to a new supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine coupled with paddle-stick eight-speed automatic transmission that features launch control and performance algorithm shifting. Need a translation? The combination means the CTS-V will go lightning fast.
In comparison with competitive luxury sedans, the new CTS-V will do 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Competitive engines include the Mercedes-Benz 5.5-liter biturbo V8 and the BMW M-Series 4.4-liter TwinPower (twin-turbo) V8, reaching 0-60 mph in 3.6 or 3.5 seconds and 4.1 seconds (4.0 with Competition Package), respectively.
- Track-honed suspension, chassis and design
- Specially-developed Brembo high-performance brakes
- 25 percent increased structural stiffness
- Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires for better grip and longer wear
- 40 percent faster damping response from 3rd generation Magnetic Ride Control
- Driver-selectable modes to electronically calibrate for touring, track and sport
- Competition-spec Performance Traction Management
Other advanced safety and parking technologies included in the 2016 Cadillac CST-V include front curb-view camera system, automatic parallel parking assist, forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist.
You know you’re in rare territory when the CTS-V also includes a Performance Data Recorder that allows you to capture your on- and off-track driving experience on high-speed video, complete with data overlays, so you can share it on social media.
How much will all this high performance cost? No word yet, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for the announcement. Expect that it will be a tidy sum, but it may be well worth the price. As for color preference, make mine black.