2015 Cadillac CTS-V – USA built machine that defies German Super Saloons
German super saloons are often regarded as the best cars around. We’ve seen a quite of bit of them since the 1980s and the most impressive one is the BMW M5. We Americans did not make such impressive machines so often. Actually, it is sad to say, but those saloons are faster, more manageable and more impressive in comparison with a majority of other sports cars, whether they are produced by the Americans, the Japanese or the Brits. The Germans know their way around the super saloons, but it is widely considered that there is one saloon car that is able to push the boundaries of four door sports cars a bit further. It is called the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V, it is built in the USA, and its second generation (which is available now) is the first car in a while that can compete with the likes of AMG, Motorsport or RennSport. Despite German ingenuity and their attention to details, Cadillac succeeded to make a rather impressive CTS-V which was firstly shown in 2008. The car is based on the CTS saloon but it was reworked by the “V” engineers which changed basically everything under the metal. Right now, we are waiting for Cadillac to reveal a new 2015 Cadillac CTS-V, but the second gen car is still rocking hard.
Installing a large 6.2 V8 supercharged engine, Cadillac sorted out the problems of power. With 556 HP, the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V is almost equally powerful as a BMW M5 or Mercedes E63 AMG. However, we all know that the real advantage of any European super saloon is their driving characteristics and the powerful engine is just one part of that equation. Cadillac knew that they had to rework the suspension, and slightly change the balance of the car while lowering the center of gravity as much as possible. In result, the new control arm suspension was installed at the front. Back wheels have been connected with the chassis with a multilink independent setup and everything was additionally “decorated” with a thicker and less flexible roll bar, and more importantly with adjustable dampers with MagnaRide technology. Basically, the dampers are able to automatically adjust themselves (or manually), depending on the road condition and the needs of the driver. This Cadillac is even available with a manual six speed transmission or a conventional six speed automatic. Of course, the purists will always want the manual transmission and the Caddy went to great lengths to make this transmission absolutely exceptional. Thanks to the new suspension, new transmission and powerful engine, the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V is able to hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds (4.1 seconds for a car with manual) and it can cover a quarter of a mile in exactly 12 seconds. So, this is a fast car that is even more impressive on the twisting road than it is on a straight line. New suspension setup and large tires provide a lot of grip and the drivers who were trashing the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V on the Track agree that this Caddy is as good as a super saloon can be. That said, it is obvious that CTS-V can compete with the Germans.
Despite reworking stuff under the metal, Cadillac integrated a new aerodynamically enhanced body kit and the inside was adorned with decals and inserts that suggest the 2011 CTS-V is a rather special vehicle. Actually, Cadillac even released a special Black Diamond Edition that looks, well, exceptional. The car is available as a Sedan, a Coupe or a Wagon, and you cannot go wrong with any one of them. Watch this video on 2015 Cadillac CTS-V