Making its first public appearance at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V raises its performance game to an entirely new level. The most powerful and capable production model in the division's 112-year history, the third generation CTS-V matches a bold appearance, awesome power - 640 supercharged horses to be precise - a track-ready chassis and a bounty of enthusiast-grade technology to create an All-American super sedan that's ready to take on the likes of the Audi S6, BMW M5 or Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Sedan. 

It's a 200-mph road rager 

Motivating the 2016 CTS-V is a new 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that shares basic architecture with the LT4 engine in the 2015 ZO6 Corvette. Although the same displacement as the force-fed V8 in the Gen II CTS-V, this new engine is far more efficient thanks to upgrades like direct injection, Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation and a redesigned supercharger that builds boost lower in the rev range. In addition to cranking out 84 more horsepower, it develops an additional 79 lb-ft of peak torque. Backed by a new paddle-shiftable 8-speed automatic transmission that ships that force to the rear wheels, the new CTS-V can streak from 0-60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds and head on to a top speed of 200 mph. 

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To put that potential to best use, the CTS-V also gets structural and suspension enhancements worthy of its ultra-performance pedigree. They start with supplemental reinforcing in all critical areas that ups strength and stiffness by 25 percent compared to a non-V model. That more-robust foundation anchors a comprehensively tweaked version the top-line CTS chassis, highlighted by the latest Gen III Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management systems complemented by upgraded variable-ratio Servotronic II electrically boosted power steering, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, a stouter driveshaft and   bespoke halfshafts, wider front/rear track dimensions and huge Brembo brakes. The final touch is a set of super-stiff, staggered-width lightweight 19-inch forged-alloy wheels wrapped in Z-rated Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, 263/35s up front and 295/30s at the rear. 

Contoured to cheat the wind 

Although its CTS heritage remains clear, this latest V-spec makeover also involves changes to literally every body panel save for its doors and roof. The aero-optimized front fascia features larger air intakes and a unique splitter that adds downforce while an extractor vent in its carbon fiber hood helps cool the engine while reducing lift. Flow-enhancing rocker moldings link the CTS-V's more prominently bulged fenders while the tail sports a functional spoiler and rear diffuser. Buyers seeking more stick with less weight can step up to an optional Carbon Fiber package that brings an even more aggressive front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser and spoiler.  

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In keeping with its mission, the new Cadillac CTS-V's cabin treatment suitably reinforces the car's high-profile performance theme. Supportive heated/ventilated 20-way power front buckets trimmed in semi-analine leather with suede-style microfiber inserts are standard with more aggressively bolstered Recaro performance seats wrapped in Mulan leather available as an option. The CTS-V's 12.3-inch reconfigurable main instrument cluster gets distinctive V-Series graphics and gauge readouts that work with its standard head-up display and Performance Data Recorder. Other features included in the CTS-V mix are the Cadillac CUE system, voice-activated navigation, Bose premium audio, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in hot spot, Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free. 

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is expected to arrive in showrooms by mid-2015. Pricing won't be announced until closer to the official on-sale date but is expected to start in the $75,000-$80,000 range.

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