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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/26/2014 Karla Sanchez

The outgoing Cadillac CTS-V family was loved by many, but the recently revealed next-gen CTS-V sedan could give enthusiasts much more to love. The automaker not only blessed the 2016 CTS-V sedan with a generous 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque, but also a more aggressive design theme that makes the CTS-V sedan look even beefier than the model it replaces. Below, we take a look at the racy four-door's visual transformation inside and out.


Like the standard CTS sedan, the CTS-V benefits from sleeker headlights that are swept back over the fenders for a more sinister look compared to the outgoing car, which had square-ish headlights that made it look wide-eyed in comparison. The front grille has also been revised to complement the headlights, with a more defined V-line at the top of the grille that aligns perfectly with the new Cadillac badge adorned on the center of the mesh grille. Like the ATS, LED daytime running lights are broken up into two parts, appearing on the headlights and on the lower air intakes. Other styling differences that make the CTS-V sedan look more sinister than before are flared front fenders, a more pronounced front splitter, and a bulging hood with a black heat extractor vent.

The major changes continue on the side of the car, with the air inlet moved behind the front wheel. Now vertical instead of horizontal, the air inlet intersects with a new V badge and is much more defined, as is a character line that starts above it and extends all the way to the taillight. Also noticeable from this angle is the CTS-V sedan's new decklid spoiler.

Around back, the spoiler hides the horizontal brake light that sat at the top of the trunklid on the previous car. The taillights have been revised to have a sharper angle at the top, while the chrome piece at the top of the license plate also has a sharper V crease. The new Cadillac badge sits at the top of the chrome piece, as do the "CTS" and "V" decals that used be located below it. Circular quad tailpipes also replace the pair of round tips found on the old car.

Inside, the V theme continues with a new center stack with fewer knobs and buttons. This contributes to an overall cleaner appearance, while the same goes for the new instrument panel and redesigned steering wheel that looks less busy than it did in the outgoing car. You'll also notice the analog clock on the previous model didn't come back on the new CTS-V sedan.

What do you think of the new CTS-V sedan? Did Cadillac add just the right amount of meanness, or do all the additions just make it look busy? Let us know whether you think the CTS-V sedan is refreshing or revolting in the comments below.

Last week, we asked the same question regarding the new 2016 Audi Q7, and reviews were mixed. Several readers who called the new Q7 revolting said it looked more like a wagon than an SUV, and claimed to like the older SUV's styling much better.

2016 Cadillac CTS V Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Cadillac CTS V Front Three Quarter

"It's a station wagon with a hideous grille. Revolting," said the NABG.

joyride2 thought the same thing, saying, "This new Audi Q7 looks terrible. It looks like a station wagon. And the grille is too angular, it looks strange."

Vinnie82 liked that it didn't look so much like an SUV, saying "I think it looks refreshing, in the sense that if it looks more like a wagon."

"Very refreshing. Much better than the current generation which was starting to look dated," said Giallofly.


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