The STS-V promises to be the halo version to tempt drivers out of performance saloons like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG.
Given the badge prestige afforded to the two German brands, expect the main tool in Cadillac’s marketing armoury to be pricing.
In terms of size the STS-V is actually closer to the S-class and 7-series. The big difference between the standard STS and the V is power.
The rear wheel drive saloon has a supercharged version of the Northstar 4.4 V8. Power is 440bhp (305bhp in the 4.6-litre STS) along with 430lb-ft of torque.
The V8 has a new six-speed automatic while features include driver shift control (DSC) and performance algorithm shifting (PAS) for quicker gearchanges. Fine tuning to handling and ride was done at the Nurburgring.