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DETROIT PREVIEW: Cadillac readies fastest model yet

By Chris Wright | 22 December 2014

CTS-V sedan is fastest Cadillac yet

CTS-V sedan is fastest Cadillac yet

Cadillac will show off the fastest, most powerful car it has offered in its 112-year history, the 2016 CTS-V, at next month’s Detroit show.

The 640hp model, which also develops 630 lb ft of torque, can top 200mph (300km/h) and goes on sale next summer. It’s the third generation of the luxury sports sedan that launched the elite V-Series a decade ago.

Comprehensive updates, said Cadillac, make the new CTS-V essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car straight from the factory. It also introduces a new supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine backed by a paddle shift, eight speed, automatic transmission with launch control and 'performance algorithm shifting'.

With more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5-litre biturbo V8 and the BMW M-series 4.4-litre TwinPower (twin-turbo) V8, the new CTS-V is claimed to be capable of 0-60mph performance in 3.7 seconds.

Key performance technologies include: