2016 Cadillac CTS-V Hits 200 mph with 640 hp
Track-capable from the factory, with sophisticated road manners
Cadillac today introduced the 2016 CTS-V, the most powerful product in the brand’s 112-year history and the newest entry in the elite class of the world’s highest-performing luxury cars.
Launching in late summer with 640 horsepower (477 kW), 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm) and a top speed of 200 mph, the new CTS-V reaches higher than its predecessors, leading Cadillac’s product-driven expansion and elevation. It is the third generation of the acclaimed luxury sports sedan that launched the elite V-Series a decade ago – and redefined Cadillac for a new generation of enthusiasts.
“V-Series represents the very best of the Cadillac brand – the pinnacle of our design and technical capabilities,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “The new CTS-V is the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory. The new CTS-V soars into the stratosphere of the most exhilarating luxury cars.”
Comprehensive updates make the new CTS-V essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car straight from the factory. It also introduces a new supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine backed by Cadillac’s paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission, featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting.
With more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower (twin-turbo) V-8, the new CTS-V is capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds.
Track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged powertrain and elevate CTS-V’s capability, performance and driver control to new thresholds, while enabling track driving without modifications or special procedures. Key performance technologies include:
• Standard carbon fiber hood and available carbon fiber vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser for greater aerodynamic performance
• Brembo high-performance brake system developed to provide durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance straight from the factory
• Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control delivering 40-percent faster damping response
• Integrated chassis controls that provide balanced performance for touring and the track, including competition-spec Performance Traction Management
• Structural stiffness increased by 25 percent for improved ride and superior handling
• Driver-selectable modes electronically calibrate performance variables for touring, sport and track driving conditions
• Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with tri-compound technology offering excellent grip with extended wear
• An interior with performance-oriented, sueded microfiber accents and matte-finish carbon fiber trim and available RECARO high-performance seats for spirited driving
• Advanced safety and parking technologies, including a front curb-view camera system that provides a visual cue of curbs to protect the front splitter; automatic parking assist to find and steer into parallel or perpendicular parking spots; side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert.
Additionally, the Performance Data Recorder in the CTS-V allows drivers to record high-definition video, with data overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track, enabling sharing on social media.
More powerful supercharged V-8 engine
The power behind the new CTS-V’s capability is an all-new, more powerful 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that makes more power more efficiently than the previous Cadillac supercharged engine. It employs a more-efficient, more-compact 1.7L supercharger and matches it with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation).
The supercharger’s rotors are smaller in diameter than the previous supercharged engine, allowing higher maximum rpm that enables power-enhancing boost to be generated earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.
The Cadillac supercharged engine also has several unique features designed to support its high output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads, and lightweight titanium intake valves.
The CTS-V’s complementing eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times. Smaller steps between gears keep the engine within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.
The new 8L90 transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, and Performance Algorithm Shifting to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many luxury performance sedans – but with the smoothness and refinement that come with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.
Stronger structure enhances body motion control
The CTS’s structure is highly mass optimized and designed to meet higher performance requirements, with enhancements to the V-Series developed to respond to cornering and torque loads that significantly exceed the levels experienced by the non-V models.
Unique and revised elements include:
• Strut tower-to-tower brace
• Strut tower-to-plenum brace
• V-braces for the engine compartment
• Strengthened rocker bulkhead
• Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces
• A unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis
• Upper tie bar-to-bumper braces.
The enhancements bolster structural stiffness by 25 percent over non-V models, for more precise handling and steering – and a more confident feel from a vehicle that conveys strength through exceptional solidity.
“With the stronger body structure – and more than a decade of V-Series production models and the CTS-V racing program experience – engineers tuned the CTS-V to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality,” said David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “The result is class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement.”
Track-honed chassis and suspension
The CTS-V shares the same 114.6-inch (2,910 mm) wheelbase as the CTS non-V-Series models, but has wider front and rear footprints that enhance grip, reduce body motion and contribute to more direct-feeling steering.
Nineteen-inch wheels wrapped with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires give the CTS-V its footprint and enable nearly 1g in lateral acceleration. The lightweight, forged aluminum wheels – measuring 9.5 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear – are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce un-sprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs.
The wheels are 45-percent stiffer than previous CTS-V wheels, while the Michelin tires feature a tri-compound tread that delivers excellent grip in performance driving situations, while offering excellent ride quality characteristics and extended tread wear.
Additional contributors to the CTS-V’s responsive, connected and track-capable driving experience include:
• A revised multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension delivers a quicker response and increased lateral control, incorporating “hydro” bushings, where traditional elastomeric bushings are replaced with zero-compliance cross-axis ball joints, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar – for 20-percent greater roll stiffness
• The ZF Steering Systems Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering gear, with 14-percent greater system stiffness for an improved feeling of precision and greater driver feedback
• Cadillac’s five-link rear suspension features reduced roll center migration, stronger lateral control and effective anti-squat geometry, complementing the front suspension with greater body motion control. Contributing components include stiffer bushings, new cradle mounts, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar
• A standard electronic limited-slip differential supports optimal traction and enables maximum corner exit acceleration
• Larger prop shafts and greater half-shaft asymmetry (stiffer driver’s side shaft) mitigate power hop during acceleration
• A Brembo brake system provides durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance. The system includes two-piece 15.3-inch-diameter (390 mm) front rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diamter (365 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers.
Also, the CTS-V features third-generation Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management. Four driver-selectable settings – Tour, Sport, Track and Snow – electronically calibrate performance variables to optimize the car for driving conditions. Performance Traction Management is offered in Track mode and features five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving.
Magnetic Ride Control “reads” the road a thousand times per second, sending data to magneto-rheological fluid-filled dampers that can independently control the damping characteristics of all four dampers. Third-generation improvements enable 40-percent faster damping response. At 60 mph, the third-generation magnetic ride control system calculates the optimal damping force for every inch of the road.
Almost every exterior panel on the CTS-V is unique, from the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings – and each was designed to support the car’s capability, contributing to lift reduction, enhanced cooling or both.
The unique elements include:
• A lightweight carbon fiber hood featuring an air-extracting vent that pulls hot air out of the engine compartment and helps reduce lift at speed by channeling air pulled through the radiator out and over the top of car rather than allowing trapped air to exit under the car
• Unique front and rear fascias provide optimal aero performance, with larger grille openings in the front fascia to feed more air to the supercharged engine. Even the mesh pattern of the signature grille openings is enlarged to allow more air into the radiator and multiple heat exchangers
• A front splitter enhances handling by forcing air to push down on the front of the car rather than flow under it, where it can cause lift
• Wider fenders to accommodate the wide, 19-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
• The rocker moldings and rear spoiler are aero-optimized
• The forged aluminum wheels and brake calipers are offered in three finishes, allowing owners to personalize the appearance of the CTS-V.
An available Carbon Fiber package takes aero performance and mass optimization to higher levels. The Carbon Fiber package includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser and spoiler.
“V-Series is the emotive core of Cadillac and the apex of the brand’s Art and Science design philosophy,” said Andrew Smith, executive director, Cadillac Global Design. “The CTS-V reflects that with a bold sense of arrival, serious performance, seamless integration of technology and precision in its craftsmanship. The exposed carbon fiber components, for example, are book-matched on the centerline for a more precise, tailored appearance.”
The CTS-V’s dual-purpose capability carries over to the interior, where the design and relationship of key components are focused expressly on performance-driving ergonomics.
“With the performance the new CTS-V is capable of delivering, the interior needs to be as functional as the other vehicle systems,” said Smith. “All of the contact points – the steering wheel, seats, shifter and pedals – are designed to make performance driving experiences direct and intuitive.”
The CTS-V features standard 20-way performance-oriented heated and ventilated front seats trimmed in semi-aniline leather, with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks. Available RECARO performance front seats deliver aggressive, adjustable bolsters that help hold the driver and front passenger in place during high-load cornering. They also have a luxury-performance feel, trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks.
Additional features include Cadillac’s cut-and-sew elements, with decorative stitching and authentic materials such as available sueded steering wheel and shift knob. Three color combinations are offered: Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum accents and Saffron with Jet Black accents.
The CTS-V features a unique version of the 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster display, with V-Series graphics and distinctive gauge readouts and complementing full-color, reconfigurable head-up display. It is also equipped with the latest connectivity technologies from Cadillac:
• CUE with Bluetooth connectivity with natural voice recognition
• Navigation with Bose Surround Sound audio
• Siri Eyes Free and text-to-voice that converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers
• Wireless inductive phone charging
• OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Performance Data Recorder is controlled via CUE’s color touch screen, and recordings can be reviewed on the screen when the vehicle is parked.
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It’s The Quietest Trax Yet
We first drove the 2015 Chevrolet Trax in April, but as a Canadian-spec model. While the B-segment crossover is still very much the same, Chevrolet engineers managed to fine-tune the 2015 Trax for its United States debut. In doing so, it becomes the quietest Trax available for sale in the world, thanks to some pull-down features from its cousin, the Buick Encore. The front windshield, front stationary glass and front 3/4 glass are all laminated, and the dashmat material is more dense than global vehicle — all of which leads to enhanced sound deadening, and a more hushed ride. As for the Canadian-spec Trax, Chevrolet plans to upgrade it with the same fitments as soon as possible.
The USA Is The Trax’s 67th Market
With current US entrants such as the Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Subaru XV Crosstrek, Mini Cooper Countryman, and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, one might say the 2015 Chevrolet Trax is showing up just before the party gets too crowded. But better late than never, as the small crossover segment is booming, with automakers everywhere scrambling to enter it. Market volume for this segment is expected to hit 2 million annual sales very soon, and from a business standpoint, that’s all GM needed to finally pull the trigger on launching it into the USA. Why the delay? Some will say that the Chevrolet Equinox has been too golden of a goose, and the lower-profit Trax posed a sales-robbing risk. But the mid-size Equinox is running towards the end of its product life-cycle for the current generation, and The Bowtie still needs a fresh entrant in the face of its rivals, especially before the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, Fiat 500X and other small crossovers inevitably enter the fray. Fun fact: the first market to receive the Chevrolet Trax was Mexico. The Trax is also built in Mexico, but in the case of the US-spec 2015 Chevrolet Trax, Korea as well.
You Won’t See Any TV Commercials For The Trax
Chevrolet as dismissed traditional television advertising in favor of the digital medium, in a focused attempt to target a new age of buyer (read: Millennial) as they fixate their attention on more mobile shining rectangles that play music and videos that distract them from the mounting tribulations of the world around us. Nothing is entirely set in stone yet, but look for marketing campaigns taking place on the likes of Pandora and Spotify online radio stations, as well as the ever-popular Buzzfeed and websites like it. May yours truly suggest the website Thrillist as well, Chevrolet.
It Has Segment Best Fuel Economy
For the frugal-minded urban adventurer that Chevrolet is targeting, fuel economy could be a big player. Specifically, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax in FWD configuration posts an EPA-rated 26 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined thanks to the ubiquitous 138 hp, 148 lb-ft 1.4L turbocharged EcoTec engine and six-speed automatic transmission. That’s as good as it gets in this small segment (literally and figuratively), as the only other vehicle to match those numbers is the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek, while the Nissan Juke shares the same combined rating. That said, the Subaru has that rating with standard AWD, but comes in at a slightly higher price point: $21,595 to the Chevy’s $20,995 (but there are a few unique standout features that come stock for the 2015 Trax; more on that soon). The cheaper Kia Soul gets 26 mpg combined. In AWD configuration, the 2015 Trax’s mileage drops to 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined. Also…
AWD Is Just A $1,500 Option
Checking the all-wheel-drive box when configuring a vehicle tends to shoot the MSRP up quite a bit, but Chevrolet has minimized the sticker shock in this case. A $1,500 AWD option is as good as it gets, as its the most affordable AWD option in Chevrolet’s portfolio. Anybody who lives in the snow states can appreciate this.
Its Cabin Can Swallow A Whole Surf Board
A six-foot surf board is no match for the cabin of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax, which features 48.4 cubic-feet of space (18.7 cu-ft of it is behind the rear seats). Thanks to a 60/40 rear seat split, and a slight fold of the front passenger seat, the surf board fits right in with some room to spare, as seen above. Your friend would just have to sit behind you, however.
Your Empty-Nest Parents Might Like It, Too
Nobody stops liking an affordable means of transportation at any age. And unlike the lively styling of the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul, which can turn some buyers off, the 2015 Trax carries a more subdued face, yet remains distinctly Chevrolet. The appeal also echoes that of the Buick Encore, which targets both young professionals under 35 with either no kids or toddlers, along with empty nesters who no longer need the family SUV.
The Infotainment Can Be Aggravating
If there was one complaint, it’s the infotainment. The lack of buttons makes even selecting a radio station more tedious (and distracting) than it should be. And we couldn’t even find the WiFi settings to take advantage of OnStar 4G LTE without help (most of the modern GM cars have it accessible via the touch screen, with the 2015 Trax, the user has to push the blue button). I don’t want to imagine my parents trying to figure this out. But hey, it looks nice, so… there’s that.
There Will Be Appealing Accessories Right Out Of The Gate
There will be roof racks. There will be bike racks. And hopefully more to come as Chevrolet targets the active urban explorer and weekend adventurer. For example, the Buick Encore currently offers a luggage carrier, kayak carrier, ski carrier and roof-mounted bicycle mount as well as a hitch-mounted bike rack as accessories. The Trax’s European relative, the Opel Mokka, offers eleven types of Thule roof boxes. Though if Chevrolet wants to take a bite out of Subaru’s active lifestyle crowd they have to, have to, emphasize these accessories in their marketing campaigns, and not just when browsers walk into dealerships.
Siri Eyes Free And OnStar 4G LTE Gives A Technology Edge
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax comes standard with OnStar 4G LTE WiFi on any trim level. This feature is a segment first, and considering the target market, makes 4G LTE a pretty big deal. Carpoolers, parents, or the sorry Verizon user who doesn’t want to waste their data streaming Pandora via Bluetooth will certainly appreciate this. Meanwhile, Siri Eyes Free lets drivers place calls, compose or hear text messages and select music through voice command via select iPhones.
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The Chevrolet Cruze has travelled far and wide. Unveiled for the first time in 2008, it was sold all around the world, including China, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Tunisia, Canada, the United States, Spain and India .
And now, just 16 months after delivering the two millionth Cruze, Chevrolet announced that they have sold its three millionth car!
Since its launch, the Chevrolet Cruze has been crowned with 88 awards, half of them in China, where it has sold over 1,130,000 units. In Canada, it has also received much adulation! The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) claims that it’s the “Best New Small Car over $ 21,000” in 2010 and “Canadian Car of the Year” in 2011. The Cruze has gained popularity with journalists and the Canadian public.
What does the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Cruze 2015 offer?
• A completely redesigned exterior with bold and fluid lines
• A new imposing grille and refined front fascia
• 2.0L turbocharged clean diesel engine deploying 151 horsepower
• Improved efficiency of 4.2 L / 100 km highway
• An impressive list of the latest technologies
• An impressive load space of 425 L
• Advanced Safety features
Get in touch with our Chevy Dealer at JessupAutoPlaza.com to book a test drive!
The Army, General Motors and Raytheon signed a proclamation Tuesday, at the Pentagon that puts new job opportunities on the table for Soldiers separating from military service.
The multi-year “Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training Program” will provide new job opportunities to some of the 130,000 Soldiers returning annually to civilian life. As part of the program, select Soldiers who are transitioning out of the military will be trained to fill service technician positions at GM dealerships.
Before reading and signing the proclamation in the Pentagon center courtyard, Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, Army G-1, said the Shifting Gears program would help Soldiers gain valuable skills and industry acquire high-quality employees.
“This is one of our great Soldier for Life programs designed to help Soldiers transition to that next phase in life and to be career-ready as they leave active duty [service],” said Bromberg. “We want our Soldiers to start strong, serve strong, reintegrate strong with their families and to remain strong as they transition into civilian life.”
The Army’s “Soldier for Life” program manages education, health, retirement and employment services during every phase of a Soldier’s “life cycle” — from enlistment through the return to civilian life at the end of a career.
When the Shifting Gears program kicks off in August, at Fort Hood, Texas, it will mark the first time GM or any automaker has been invited to offer valuable training on-site at an Army post, said Steve Hill, GM North American vice president of U.S. sales and service. He said GM expects the prototype program to produce 120 graduates over the next year. GM’s network needs about 2,500 new technicians annually.
Anticipated to be highly competitive, Soldiers must first achieve qualifying scores on both Army and GM Service Technical College assessment tests to enter the Shifting Gears program.
For those accepted, the 12-week training program consists of a customized, on-base curriculum. It includes classroom, online and hands-on technical training followed by job-placement recommendations and employment assistance through the Army’s Soldier for Life centers and GM’s authorized dealer network.
“We could not be more thrilled at Raytheon than to partner with two of our most important customers: the U.S. Army and General Motors,” said Lynn A. Dugal, president of Raytheon intelligence, information and services. “Young Army veterans face unemployment rates that are more than double the national average, so Raytheon sees this partnership with GM and the Army as an opportunity to reduce those alarming statistics by helping position former Soldiers for new opportunities.”
Bromberg said more than one million Soldiers will transition to the civilian community in the next 10 years.
The Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training Program is one of many such programs in place within the Army to help separating Soldiers prepare for civilian life. Soldiers may also choose to participate in the Veterans in Piping, Welding and HVAC program; the Veterans in Construction (Electric) program; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades program; the Microsoft Software Engineer Academy program; the Veterans Entering Trucking program; and the National Institute of Sheet Metal Workers program.
The smallest vehicle on display at the 1955 Powerama was the result of big hopes for a future filled with solar-powered cars.
Trains. Earthmovers. Trucks. Buses. Most vehicles on display at the 1955 General Motors Powerama show were large, massive, diesel-powered machines, but there was one exception in both size and powertrain: the GM Sunmobile.
The Powerama, held on Chicago’s waterfront, showcased General Motors’ powerful non-automotive equipment. The Euclid division showcased earthmovers and construction equipment, while the Electro-Motive Diesel division featured its sleek new Aerotrain. The exhibit’s “Previews of Progress” area, demonstrated numerous scientific advances – including the Sunmobile.
Compared to the other vehicles on display the Sunmobile was small – especially when compared to cars of the era. Patterned after the 1955 Chevrolet Corvette, the Sunmobile measured 15 inches in length, making it essentially a 1/9th scale replica.
What the Sunmobile lacked in size, it made up in technology. Built by GM engineer William G. Cobb, the Sunmobile featured eight solar cells on its hood. These cells converted light into electricity, which in turn powered a small electric motor. Sunmobile produced the equivalent of 12 horsepower, which wasn’t quite enough to propel a full-size automobile of the era – but it was enough to propel the model across its Powerama stage.
Solar cars may not be a mass-production reality today, but that hasn’t stopped GM engineers from tinkering with the technology. In 1987, GM paired with AeroEnvironment to build a solar car for the World Solar Challenge in Australia. The result – the teardrop-shaped Sunraycer – not only finished the race two days before the competition, it also set a solar car speed record that stood until 2011. GM also continues to sponsor the University of Michigan’s UMSolar team, which recently won the 2014 American Solar Challenge.
Power derived from the sun continues to play a role in powering our vehicles.
We currently have 88 solar electric vehicle charging stations at our facilities, including our Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, and at our Powertrain Engineering Campus in Pontiac, Michigan. And, early last year, we became a founding partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, which has a goal of increasing EV workplace charging tenfold.
Globally, GM has solar panel arrays installed at twelve of our facilities, and collectively generates an astounding 38 MW (one megawatt = 1 million watts) of energy each year. It would take a mile-long convoy, consisting of 4,247 Sunmobiles, to generate anywhere near that figure. That convoy would have to quickly grow, too: As two additional solar arrays will be installed this fall at GM facilities in Flint and Swartz Creek, Michigan, GM’s use of solar energy continues to grow.