While the rest of the CTS line makes do with four-cylinder or V6 power, the CTS-V features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that lays down 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters sends all that power to the rear wheels. The CTS-V scoots from zero to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, and has a boasted top speed of 200 mph.
Other performance enhancements include an adaptive sport suspension, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, Brembo brakes, and 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires. Drivers have a choice of driving modes: Snow, Tour, Sport, and Track. When in Track mode, you can pick from five levels of traction control to suit your driving ambitions.
Befitting a car of its exclusivity, the CTS-V comes in a single trim level with standard features such as heated and ventilated front seats, remote start, an automated parking system, navigation, configurable high-definition gauges, a head-up display, and a front curb-view camera. Seats are clad in leather with faux suede accents. The 13-speaker Bose surround-sound system features HD and satellite radio. Safety technology is present in full force, including lane keeping assist, front collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a vibrating safety warning built into the driver seat.
The available Luxury package gets you three-zone climate control, a split-folding heated rear seat, a power rear sunshade, and the new Rear Camera Mirror, which displays a streaming image from the rear camera in the rearview mirror. A panoramic sunroof can be added to this package at extra cost. There's also an Advanced Security package that adds a highly sophisticated alarm system, a steering column lock, and other anti-theft equipment.
The Carbon Fiber package tacks on a carbon fiber hood vent, front splitter, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser. The new Carbon Black package gives you all that, plus a black chrome grille and dark wheels.
Cadillac offers a small but intriguing selection of individual options, including a performance data and video recorder, Recaro racing seats, and painted brake calipers (red or dark gold).
The Luxury package ($2,075) includes some items that should be standard on a car of this caliber, so we would definitely spring for it. We suspect very few examples are produced without it. It's mandatory if you want a sunroof, which adds another $1,450.
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