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If you thought Cadillac was content to leave its twin-turbocharged Vsport as the range-topping CTS, think again. Behold, our first good glimpse at the next-generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan, sporting more aggressive styling (somewhere under there), meaty quad-exhaust pipes, and what very well could be a new face for the V-badged Caddies.

Creating an all-new grille design seems like an awful lot of work just for a prototype, so it's very possible that the vertical-bar treatment you see here could make its way into production. Our spy photographers have pointed out that they've seen this same sort of grille treatment on prototypes for the smaller ATS-V sedan, and we've heard V-series models may soon have greater differentiation from the standard vehicles that sired them – that seems especially necessary if Cadillac insists on expanding this whole Vsport range.

Regardless of how its front end looks, the CTS-V ought to be a real monster. Industry sources say we can expect to see a supercharged version of General Motors' 6.2-liter V8 under the Caddy's hood, and considering the current car already makes 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque, we wouldn't be surprised to see a decent increase in both of those numbers. After all, one of the CTS-V's main competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, is currently putting out 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Could this mean a 600-hp Cadillac is on the horizon?

Despite the CTS-V being in prototype stage, we're still over a year away from seeing the production car. Expect it to show up sometime in the 2015 auto show season as a 2016 model.


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      Vinuuz
      • 11 Months Ago
      I have a strong feeling that cadillac will offer AWD also on the next gen CTS-V - just like you can have an E63 AMG in 4matic and BMW is mulling the same for their next gen M cars.
        domingorobusto
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Vinuuz
        It's getting to the point that it's almost necessary so that less skilled drivers don't kill themselves. The current V is hard to control when you give it the full beans, and every power increase is going to make that worse as long as they stay RWD. I tend to like the simplicity and lower weight (not to mention the hoonability) of RWD, but it's getting to the point where it's going to be outright dangerous for the average driver to have that kind of power under their foot without AWD.
          domingorobusto
          • 11 Months Ago
          @domingorobusto
          I never use traction control. I'd rather have it break away progressively and predictably rather than have the TC chop power midway through an expected oversteer and upset the chassis. I suppose if you use TC it's safe, but where's the fun in that? AWD allows you to use a lot more power before the nannies intervene.
          domingorobusto
          • 11 Months Ago
          @domingorobusto
          I never use traction control. I'd rather have it break away progressively and predictably rather than have the TC chop power midway through an expected oversteer and upset the chassis. I suppose if you use TC it's safe, but where's the fun in that? AWD allows you to use a lot more power before the nannies intervene, and can actually be more fun in really high hp applications due to the lack of interference.
        carguy1701
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Vinuuz
        God I hope not. AWD isn't as fun.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          [blocked]
      l9t8z
      • 11 Months Ago
      With 3D printing, and GM's 3D printers are quite a sight to behold, creating a placeholder grill is a simple process. Benefits? It alows full airflow through the grill without having to add camo to it to hide a design element. Cadillac is not switching a vertical grill design. Remember, the base ATS cars and the base CTS prototypes had this vertical slat placeholder grill as well. Welcome to 3D printing folks. Most new car protoypes now have 3D printed parts all over them, some meant to test and some meant to fool :)
      • 11 Months Ago
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        kmdk78
        • 11 Months Ago
        Please refrain from using the word "retarded". It is incredibly insensitive to individuals and families of those with special needs. Thank you.
        • 11 Months Ago
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      EJD1984
      • 11 Months Ago
      I LOVE the proportions with the larger tires. :-) I really hope the rumors are true, and this will be the basis for the next-gen/2017 Chevrolet SS, Holden Commodore, and Vauxhall VXR8 (maybe even a Buick) :-D http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/new-supercharged-vauxhall-vxr8-be-built-us
      bookemd
      • 11 Months Ago
      Out in the snow...maybe AWD. That's a good option to have. Love the quad exhaust.
        kmdk78
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bookemd
        AWD would be exactly what it needs to compete with audi, BMW, etc. Gorgeous car.
      NightFlight
      • 11 Months Ago
      Winter testing, but they are using MPSS tires? That's odd.
      1STH
      • 11 Months Ago
      meh. another 'fast' Cadillac attempting to rescue a marque which is rapidly deteriorating in sales and inspiration.
        Chris
        • 11 Months Ago
        @1STH
        Have you been living under a rock the last decade.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Chris
          [blocked]
          carguy1701
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Chris
          Apparently he has.
        bullitt2605
        • 11 Months Ago
        @1STH
        32 down votes that gotta be a record!
          Papi L-Gee
          • 11 Months Ago
          @bullitt2605
          34 as of noon on 2/21/14. Can we see 40?
        Stephen
        • 11 Months Ago
        @1STH
        Meh. Another pointless comment from someone who's pissed they can't afford the car.
        Rr778
        • 11 Months Ago
        @1STH
        I'm not sure I understand your point? Year over year sales growth for Cadillac has been great! Congratulations to gm for having a luxury brand with such strong sales growth. They really are doing a great job of selling cars!
          express2day
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Rr778
          "Great" but only because they added two new models, the XTS and low-priced ATS, in 2013 over 2012. Other models, except the SRX, have seen notable sales declines. It's too early to congratulate GM as they still have work to do to turn things around for Caddy in the sales column. 2014 probably won't be a "great" year as the only full-year new model addition is the low-volume ELR.
          Rr778
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Rr778
          Not sure
        Frisky_Dingo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @1STH
        Too bad all sources point to the opposite of your bogus claim.
        Beardinals
        • 11 Months Ago
        @1STH
        Troll, or just lack of any intelligence?
        Beardinals
        • 11 Months Ago
        @1STH
        Hey Syed -- you a troll or just completely uniformed about the car industry?
      nocommie11
      • 11 Months Ago
      The ghettolac is missing it's customary charriot wheels, bowling bowl paint job, and pot smoke billowing from the cracked windows.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 11 Months Ago
        @nocommie11
        You really need to get out more. All the cool trolls have moved well past that horse manure ..
      AcidTonic
      • 11 Months Ago
      They should use the V6 from the other model and run more boost with forged internals. There's no need to use a V8 for anything south of 800 horsepower minimally.
        l9t8z
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I would rather have a V8 supercharged soundtrack in my V, theres not a V6 in the world that can equal that.
          AcidTonic
          • 11 Months Ago
          @l9t8z
          So the sound matters instead of the power delivery?
        carguy1701
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Go away Nakazato.
        NightFlight
        • 11 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Your comments are a joke.
          Slizzo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @NightFlight
          Acid, the better metric is power to weight. GM LS and now LT based motors are lighter than their DOHC counterparts, yet produce similar or better power numbers.
          AcidTonic
          • 11 Months Ago
          @NightFlight
          You're just behind the times...... and everyone else. The future is with horsepower per liter.... not huge engines. Eventually everyone will come around and suddenly act as if it was obvious all along. But I'm here saying it now.
      Unni
      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't get excitement after seeing Tesla gives 310 kW (416 bhp), 600 N·m (443 ft·lb) on its electric motor and the torque starts from zero rpm onwards. I still don't get why GM is wasting money on these gas guzzlers. They should work with some new technology using electric motors for the HP and Torque ( say hybrid or EV )
        Eta Carinae
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Unni
        this is the dumbest comment i have seen........tesla may beat the caddy off then line, but from there its over for tesla and that before we hit the track....and you act like GM/cadillac are the only ones producing ICE cars......have you heard of ferrari ? lambo ? rolls royce ? bentley ? they all have V12 under there hoods still......plus the voltec 2.0 is on its way which will be implemented in future buicks, cadillacs, and chevys.......pipe down, please for your sakes.....
        carguy1701
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Unni
        The Model S doesn't compete with this, and I'm getting sick and tired of Teslatards thinking that their precious electric car holds a candle to this or any other super sedan. It doesn't.
          Chris
          • 11 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          I agree. The Tesla fanboys are starting to become as obnoxious as the Japanese and Euro trolls.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
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          • 11 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          [blocked]
        muspod
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Unni
        I'm, with ya. Tesla kicks this thing arse all day. (for 300 miles!) but it is more $$$. Maybe the same if you figure in fuel cost. they do it because they are profitable. Slap on a new skin, Drop in a corvette/camaro motor and voila! Makin 25K a copy...(even though they don't sell that many of them) Developing hybrid tech hasn't been GM's forte. Spent tons of cash and can't sell them.. Look at the Cadillac ELR. Dealers don't even want to to order them..Seen a volt lately??
      muspod
      • 11 Months Ago
      In it's pre plastichrome state.. Looking forward to renting one!
      Andre Neves
      • 11 Months Ago
      What's the point? At this point, I think most people would much rather have just a M3-fighting ATS-V.
        Chris
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        What's the point? It's nice to have choices, and seeing as the CTS is a step up from the ATS in the lineup, it's makes perfect sense that it should have a V variant of its own. Not only should it have one, but it should be even more powerful than its little brother.
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