Spy Shots: 2014 Cadillac CTS-V?
Cadillac's Killer Vs! Is this the new CTS-V?
The all-new 2014 CTS is just around the corner, but are these prototypes the CTS-V version?
We know Cadillac is in the midst of a major brand revival, and the new generation CTS-V will be an effective element in giving GM’s top division a big jolt of rejuvenation.
We still can’t confirm its on-sale date, but we can confirm the existence of at least six Cadillac CTS test mules with "V-inspired" front grilles. We spotted this parade of them in a grocery store parking lot in Southern California, and before the attendant vehicle crew could cover them up we managed some revealing shots of Cadillac’s next ultra-performance sedan. Note the twin power bulges on the non-camouflaged hood.
Probably the most interesting item we spotted was the clear “V-shaped" grille behind the camouflage mesh. Given the CTS-V’s namesake this is both a stylish and logical design element to distinguish the CTS-V from standard models. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if this new grille shape became a trademark exterior component of all future Cadillac V series cars. How early were these prototypes? The plates in the grille that made up the "V" shape were held in place by Phillips screws.
The hood was literally being closed as we tried for an engine shot, but we caught a glimpse of the airbox before it slammed shut. It looked like the same placement as the V6 engine in the current car. Would this suggest a twin-turbocharged V6 in Cadillac's next CTS -V (if this was a V version)?
We also spotted the larger, integrated twin exhaust outlets with a squared-off shape.
There was also a unique shape to the exterior mirrors on these cars. As with the grille, there is a clear “V” theme going on, futher suggesting these were V models. Note the pointed angle of the mirrors’ lower edge.
Looking inside, we see a new shifter with contrasting stitching on the boot and a button on the top. There are also additional buttons near the shifter base, with a large square rocker switch sporting up and down arrows. Part of the manual shift control?
Clearly many questions remain, but it would appear the next CTS-V's development is well under way!