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Mike Stevens | Dec, 17 2014 | 0 Comments

Hot on the heels of its recently launched ATS-V range, Cadillac has confirmed it will unveil the all-new CTS-V at next month’s Detroit Auto Show.

While the first-ever ATS-V is positioned as Cadillac’s rival to the BMW M3, M4 and AMG C 63, the CTS-V will again square off against larger Germans like the M5 and E 63.

Details for the new top-shelf CTS are still to be revealed, although reports suggest we could see power provided by GM’s 6.2 litre supercharged V8.

Above: the new CTS in its regular form.
Above: the new CTS in its regular form.

The same mill, an all-new engine called ‘LT4’, delivers a massive 466kW in the new Corvette Z06 flagship coupe. (While Australia’s 430kW HSV GTS is driven instead by the ‘LSA’ supercharged 6.2 V8.)

In CTS-V form, power is expected to land somewhere a little below the hero Corvette’s numbers, likely around the 445kW mark.

Other reports suggest GM may also look to its coming 4.5 litre twin-turbo V8 - previewed with last year’s Cadillac Elmiraj concept - but with power dialled well past the 370kW rumoured to be the ‘base’ output for that engine.

Above: the previous-generation CTS-V sedan.
Above: the previous-generation CTS-V sedan.

Whatever direction GM takes, it will be looking to better the 412kW offered with BMW’s M5 in standard form, and the 410kW of Mercedes-AMG’s E 63.

The recent ATS-V like previews GM’s intentions, with its own 340kW turbo six comfortably outdoing BMW’s 317kW M3 - although not quite matching the 350kW of AMG’s new C 63.

Watch for more on the new CTS-V to surface in the coming weeks.

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