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Cadillac CTS-V unveiled at 2015 Detroit auto show (pictures)

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is the most powerful vehicle in the brand's history.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V

DETROIT -- The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has been unveiled, and it's the most powerful vehicle in the brand's history.

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6.2-liter, supercharged V-8

Caddy starts by dropping the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 from the Corvette Z06 into the sedan's waiting engine bay.

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640 horsepower

In this incarnation, the engine is good for 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.

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Eight-speed automatic

That power flows through a single-option eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Rear-wheel drive

Torque meets the road at the rear axle where it is split between port and starboard by a standard electronic limited-slip differential.

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Brembo brakes

Big 19-inch wheels are filled with Brembo brakes. Six-piston calipers grip at the front while four-pots stop the rears.

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Wider and lower, leaner and meaner

The CTS-V is wider and lower than the standard sedan.

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LED illumination

The LED daytime running lights flow directly into the LED vertical fog lights.

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Cadillac luxe

Inside, the V is sporty but still feels as luxurious as a Cadillac should.

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CUE infotainment

The automaker's Cue infotainment tech is featured in the center of the dashboard.

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Four driving modes

Drive modes for street, sport, snow and track change and tweak the CTS-V's driving characteristics.

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Driver-aid tech

A full complement of driver-aid tech will also be offered on the 2016 CTS-V.

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A trunk for your junk

With a big trunk, this Caddy can haul cargo while it hauls ass.

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2015 Detroit auto show

For now, Cadillac is offering the CTS-V only as a sedan. There probably won't be coupe or wagon variants.

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