Say it ain’t so: a week after I grudgingly returned my 2017 Cadillac CTS-V tester it was revealed that Cadillac will be nixing the ATS, CTS, and XTS automobiles entirely in favor of a single replacement sedan to be labeled the CT5. While the CT5 may get a high performance edition of its own one day, the current CTS-V marks the end of the line for one of the more unabashedly dominant sport sedans every built. The third, and final generation of the Cadillac CTS-V is the most powerful and most refined of the three versions to have been unleashed on American asphalt, and it’s a fitting swan song for a car that has continually pushed the limits of four-door performance. Check out these 5 things you need to know about the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V.
1. Brutal Amounts Of Power, Perfectly Controlled
The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V is the most gifted sport sedan in its class by a significant margin, thanks to the decision to gift it with GM’s supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 engine. This V8 lump – shared with the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – generates 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque, numbers that are good enough to embarrass the outgoing BMW M5 (560 ponies) and even the all-new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S (603 horses). Thanks to its larger frontal area, the Cadillac also manages to avoid the overheating issues that have plagued the Z06 since it was first introduced, giving you lap after lap of unfettered access to its gobs and gobs of output.
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