The CTS-V passes by with a boom, but Chuck Berry guitar licks should accompany that sound, because this is the most storming Cadillac sedan since the “Maybellene” era. Its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 produces an astounding 640 hp and 630 ft lbs of torque and enables a top speed of 200 mph. This power is sent to the rear wheels through a fuss-free 8-speed automatic transmission that you can control with the paddle shifters. The magnetically controlled shock absorbers ably tend to the ride and the handling.
The five-mode traction-management system includes a competition-level setting for track days.
The optional performance-data recorder produces high-definition videos with data overlays.
Extra bracing and strengthening make the CTS-V’s chassis 20 percent stiffer than that of a standard CTS.
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