Cadillac Plans To Bring Out More ‘V’ Models
In 2004, Cadillac introduced their first V model with the original CTS sedan to rival the likes of BMW M and Mercedes-Benz AMG. The CTS-V was more raw than its German competitors. Now, Cadillac has decided to take the fight to its European rivals and has announced that they will launch a string of new V models this decade. The models from their V division are the 2016 CTS-V and the 2016 ATS-V.
Cadillac is planning to introduce new cars and most of them will get the V treatment. This will include replacement of existing cars and new cars that will be introduced to new segments. This will include a rival to the BMW 1-series, the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA and compact crossovers. The company says not all their cars will get the V treatment. So do not expect a Escalade-V. However, the cars that do not get the full V treatment will get a more tame yet sporty V-Sport variant in its line up. A V variant of their S-Class rival, the CT6 is also planned.
The third generation 2016 CTS-V, which competes against the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG gets a 6.2 litre supercharged V8 engine that produces 640 horsepower. That’s just 10 less than the Corvette Z06. This car shares the original CTS-V’s DNA. On the other hand, the ATS-V, which rivals the likes of the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG uses a twin turbo V6 producing 414 bhp. The ATS-V, according to Cadillac, concentrates more on handling characteristics than the CTS-V, which concentrates more on raw power. The company say that future V models could take the smaller engine route. They are also looking at hybrid powertrains for future cars but these will not come out in the near future.
Source – The Detroit Bureau