Beefed-Up Chevy Corvette V-8 Could Power Next Caddy CTS-V

By Kelsey Mays  on February 18, 2013

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When the 2014 Cadillac CTS debuts at the New York International Auto Show in March, Motor Trend reports the high-powered CTS-V will have a supercharged or turbocharged version of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8. Cadillac parent GM is still deciding which route to take. GM's naturally aspirated LT1 V-8, which goes under the seventh-gen 'Vette's hood, already boasts direct injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. A turbocharger or supercharger could push output well beyond the 2014 Corvette's 450 horsepower and 450 pounds-feet of torque.

We'd expect it to beat that figure, given that the current CTS-V has a 556-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. The current engine, dubbed the LSA, is "sort of a sister engine" to the outgoing Corvette ZR1's LS9 V-8, GM powertrain spokesman Tom Read said. Still, it has fixed valve timing, port fuel injection and no cylinder deactivation. The new Corvette's LT1 V-8 is the first 'Vette engine to employ such technologies.

Read wouldn't comment on Motor Trend's story, which also forecasted that the CTS coupe and wagon may not make it to the next generation. We expected the wagon to hit the chopping block; after all, Cadillac spokesman Brian Corbett told us just 4% of CTS sales in 2012 were wagons. Deleting the coupe would surprise us, however. Corbett said 27% of CTS sales were coupes. Perhaps Cadillac will try to move CTS coupe buyers to the new, similarly styled ELR.

Stay tuned for the next-gen CTS, which will be unveiled in New York.

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