DETROIT -- Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph.
The car's 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine will produce 640 hp, up from 556 hp in the last generation, which was phased out this year. Torque is rated at a whopping 630 pounds-feet, about 100 more than the Mercedes E63 AMG.
Power will be transferred through General Motors’ homegrown eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Cadillac's V series gave the brand some much-needed credibility when it debuted in 2004, first on the CTS sedan, and later on coupe and wagon variants. The new CTS-V will compete with the E63 AMG and BMW M5.
The car represents “the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said in a statement.
The arrival of the CTS-V in showrooms by late summer, following the late-spring launch of V series versions of both the ATS sedan and coupe, should give Cadillac a boost. De Nysschen, who took over in August, is counting on the new V series entrants and other fresh product to lift Cadillac's brand image and pricing power.