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First Look at the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V
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First Look at the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V 6.2-liter supercharged V8 is literally a monster with a 630 pound-feet of torque and the capacity to produce 640 horsepower. One glance at the torque and power curves will reveal that the charged V8 is a thing of natural beauty. Its peak torque is at 3,600 rpm and its horsepower is at 6,400 giving the engine a smooth, linear power delivery. The only downside is that one will have to make do with its constant potent supercharger sound.  

The shift lever and the steering wheel are the two most critical parts in the CTS-V as it directly contributes to a good driving experience. Most CTS-V drivers will feel that there is no difference in the steering wheel. However, the steering wheel experience in the CTS-V is a must feel as it somehow brings the serenity out in you. The responsive paddle shifters are worth experimenting with as the sound of the big motor spinning up is priceless. The paddles work smoothly despite the increase in speed and pace. This car has an optional carbon-fiber package that balances the drag and lift of this car to pin it firmly to the road. However, it also reduces the car's top speed by a few notches.

The uniquely designed Michelin Pilot Super Sports tires, 265/30ZR19 in front and 295/35ZR19 in the back make a huge difference in keeping this car stable and low. It also provides appropriate grip and support making it a more composed car than other power cars. This stability is evident especially when pulling out of corners. The CTS-V is great at maintaining its output steadily to the to the rear tires at corners or turnings. The CTS-V definitely has a clear power advantage over the BMW, Audi and Mercedes in terms of horsepower and weight. The Cadillac is the lightest among all of them and only the Mercedes E-Class is quicker than the CTS-V, by two-tenths of a second.



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