The third generation Cadillac CTS-V that was unveiled as “the most powerful product in the brand’s 112-year history” at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January is packed with the 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The supercharged gasoline engine is good for 640 hp (477 kW) and 630 lb.-ft. (855 Nm) of torque. It’s mated with GM’s 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission and makes the high performance variant capable of reaching nought to 60 mph (0-97 km/h) in only 3.7 seconds and hitting a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h).
That’s not enough performance for Cadillac though. Citing an insider, a report from Automobile says that the American luxury automaker wants to make its BMW M5 rival even more powerful. The high performance sedan is already more powerful than its main rivals BMW M5 and Mercedes E 63 AMG, but the company wants it to be ready for the rivals’ next move.
“The Cold War continues,” said the insider. “I don’t know where it stops, but it’s not at 640 hp, that’s for sure,” he added.
Earlier this year, the Cadillac ATS-V was also reported to get more powerful ‘+’ model (ATS-V+) but Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell ruled it out saying that the ATS-V is unlikely to be offered with a larger, or different engine in the foreseeable future.