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More powerful Cadillac CTS-V in the works?

Cadillac is looking to stay ahead of the competition.

The Cadillac CTS-V is already at the top of the performance sedan heap with 640 horsepower available from its supercharged 6.2L engine, but the luxury automaker is reportedly planning a bump in power to stay ahead of its German rivals.

An inside source with Cadillac revealed to Automobile Magazine that the company is planning a more powerful version of the CTS-V to stay one step ahead of the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG. The CTS-V currently outpaces those cars by about 80 horsepower, but more powerful versions of those super sedans are expected for 2017.

"The Cold War continues,” the source said. "I don't know where it stops, but it's not at 640 hp, that's for sure.”

The same basic engine that Cadillac uses in the CTS-V is tuned to produce 650 horsepower in the Chevrolet Corvette, so there is obviously room for improvement. And, as the Dodge Hellcat twins have proven, it's possible to extract more than 700 horsepower from a street-reliable V8.

It's not quite clear when the hopped-up Cadillac CTS-V might debut, but a mid-cycle refresh is likely planned for 2-3 years from now.

Photos by Drew Johnson.

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