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2018 CADILLAC CTS-V: the pinnacle of V-series’ passion without compromise

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is a performance-driven super sedan with sophisticated technology to enhance the quality of each ride. The CTS-V is engineered proof of Cadillac’s V-series promise of passion without compromise.

Building on the strength of a strong year in endurance racing, the Cadillac CTS-V is the street-inspired version of the championship-winning Cadillac DPi-V.R race car. The 2018 CTS-V is built for performance and equipped with luxury — including new smart auto-activated heated steering wheel and Apple Watch integration.

Cadillac owners who use the myCadillac mobile app for iOS will now also be able to integrate with Apple Watch. The app will automatically appear and sync with Apple Watch, allowing owners quick access to common commands.

For this model, buyers will be able to choose from additional exterior colors Satin Steel Gray Metallic, Vector Blue Metallic and Genesis Metallic.

Leveraging the strength of the award-winning rear-wheel drive architecture that also underpins the Cadillac ATS, Cadillac ATS Coupe, Cadillac ATS-V Sedan and Coupe, Cadillac CTS sedan and Cadillac CTS V-Sport, the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V super sedan delivers the most capable V-Series ever — a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and unprecedented performance, with true track capability straight from the factory.

Key features include:

  • A supercharged 6.2L V8 engine mated to a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard carbon fiber hood and available carbon fiber package, including carbon fiber splitter, hood vent, rear spoiler and rear diffuser for greater aerodynamic performance
  • Brembo high-performance brake system developed to provide durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance straight from the factory
  • Segment-best, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control delivering 40-percent faster damping response
  • Driver-selectable driving modes for touring, sport, snow and track
  • Segment-exclusive, racing-derived Performance Traction Management system with five additional modes allowing the driver to select the level of desired system assistance, matched for driver skill or road condition
  • Launch Control enabling full-throttle acceleration from a stop for maximum performance
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer-only tri-compound tires offer excellent grip with extended tire wear
  • Available segment-exclusive Performance Data Recorder enabling drivers to record, view and analyze driving experiences by capturing real-time video, cabin audio and performance data
  • An interior with high-performance seats and ergonomics offering a driver-focused interface with carbon fiber trim and sueded microfiber accents

Technology and Connectivity – Extensive technology portfolio for elevated driving experience

Cadillac owners who use the myCadillac mobile app for iOS will now also be able to integrate with Apple Watch. The app will automatically appear and sync with Apple Watch, allowing owners quick access to commands including:

  • Vehicle locate
  • Remote start and stop
  • Lock and unlock doors
  • Activate and cancel horn and lights
  • Walking directions to vehicle

The next-generation Cadillac user experience is a dynamic platform that can be adjusted over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs, leveraging the cloud to enable personalization, available connected navigation, and applications via the Collection app store.

With functionality that applies popular apps and smartphone practices in the vehicle, the new user experience system provides customers with easier access to the most common features. The more intuitive operation includes a Summary View in which all key applications – climate, audio, phone and navigation – are displayed on one screen.

The CTS-V’s 2018 features will also include two additional USB ports into the rear console, and a smart-heated steering wheel which activates with temperature to keep the driver’s hands at a comfortable temperature.

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Exterior Design – Functional form and the apex of the design philosophy

Almost every exterior panel on the Cadillac CTS-V super sedan is unique, from the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings – and every one was designed to support the car’s capability, contributing to lift reduction, enhanced cooling and improved aero management. With its athletic stance, wide body and low height, the CTS-V’s shape is both aggressive and intelligent.

Colors offered for 2018 Cadillac CTS-V super sedans include Black Raven, Red Obsession Tintcoat, Phantom Gray Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Radiant Silver Metallic and all-new colors Satin Steel Metallic and Vector Blue Metallic.

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Engine and transmission – Performance-driven power at your command

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V super sedan is powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine SAE-certified at 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm). CTS-V is capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.

The supercharged V8 engine makes more power more efficiently than the previous Cadillac supercharged engine. It employs a more-efficient, more-compact 1.7L supercharger and matches it with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation).

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CTS-V driving experience – Class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement

The Cadillac CTS-V super sedan’s track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged powertrain, providing true track capability, performance and driver control without modifications or special procedures.

With more than a decade of V-Series production models and the Cadillac Racing program experience, Cadillac has engineered the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V super sedan to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality. The CTS-V incorporates unique performance elements, components from world-class performance automotive suppliers and segment-leading, company-exclusive technology.

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Interior Design – a performance-focused cabin with handcrafted execution

The Cadillac CTS-V’s dual-purpose capability carries over to the interior, where the design and relationship of key components are focused expressly on performance-driving ergonomics. Handcrafted cut-and-sew elements, with decorative stitching and authentic materials, surround performance seating, features and technology.

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Technology and Connectivity – Extensive technology portfolio for elevated driving experience

Cadillac owners who use the myCadillac mobile app for iOS will now also be able to integrate with Apple Watch. The app will automatically appear and sync with Apple Watch, allowing owners quick access to commands including:

  • Vehicle locate
  • Remote start and stop
  • Lock and unlock doors
  • Activate and cancel horn and lights
  • Walking directions to vehicle

Usage of the myCadillac app increased nearly 50 percent in 2017. The mobile app became available in 2010, providing Cadillac owners unprecedented connectivity to their vehicles. Today it is available on every Cadillac vehicle model-year 2011 and newer. The myCadillac app will seamlessly integrate with Apple Watch running WatchOS 3.

The next-generation Cadillac user experience is a dynamic platform that can be adjusted over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs, leveraging the cloud to enable personalization, available connected navigation, and applications via the Collection app store.

With functionality that applies popular apps and smartphone practices in the vehicle, the new user experience system provides customers with easier access to the most common features. The more intuitive operation includes a Summary View in which all key applications – climate, audio, phone and navigation – are displayed on one screen.

“Cadillac pioneered connectivity by bringing OnStar to market, and more recently we became the first luxury brand to enable Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across our product line,” says Richard Brekus, Cadillac director of product strategy. “We have worked to improve overall system response in recent years, and now this next-generation user experience system delivers more improvements, focused mainly on intuitive control.”

Personalized Profiles
My Driver Preferences are personalized and cloud-based profiles that allow users to customize the infotainment system to match individual preferences and take that same customized experience with them into any new Cadillac user-experience-equipped vehicle.

Features such as Vehicle and Display setting, Contact Favorites, Navigation Route Preferences and Recent Destinations can be customized and follow a user’s profile.

Each driver can create an individual account and personalize their preferences for the Cadillac user experience. Vehicle owners can manage their My Driver Preferences in the vehicle or via their myCadillac Owner Center on the Cadillac website.

Integrated Smartphone-like Navigation
The new Cadillac user experience features an available all-new navigation app with an intuitive interface and access to destination information via available cloud-based services. This includes updated points of interest, live traffic information, fuel prices and parking information.

Through simple input methods, such as enhanced voice recognition and an improved onscreen search function, users have access to more relevant search results. Over time, this opt-in subscription-based system can learn a user’s preferred routes and destinations, offering predictive suggestions based upon traffic and frequent destinations.

New Cadillac user experience equipped vehicles currently come standard with an available, opt-in 12-month connected navigation trial.

Active Connection
The built-in OnStar 4G LTE enables an active connection to the vehicle that, with customer consent, will allow Cadillac to remotely update features such as navigation and the newly launched Collection app store, after vehicle purchase.

The available 4GLTE Wi-Fi hotspot allows passengers to connect up to seven compatible mobile devices, smartphones, and tablets to high-speed wireless Internet. The new system supports use of two compatible phones concurrently via Bluetooth.

Users can access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto advanced smartphone integration through the Home screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, and require a compatible smartphone.

Every new Cadillac currently comes standard with an available 12-month OnStar subscription at no additional cost. Among other benefits, this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance, reduce wear and tear, monitor fuel efficiency and improve their driving – all factors that add to the overall ownership experience.

Owners can also manage their vehicles remotely with the industry-leading myCadillac mobile app via their compatible smartphones.

The CTS-V’s 2018 features will also include two additional USB ports into the rear console, and a smart-heated steering wheel which activates with temperature to keep the driver’s hands at a comfortable temperature.

Exterior Design – Functional form and the apex of the design philosophy

Almost every exterior panel on the Cadillac CTS-V super sedan is unique, from the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings – and every one was designed to support the car’s capability, contributing to lift reduction, enhanced cooling and improved aero performance. With its athletic stance, wide body and low height, the CTS-V’s shape is both aggressive and intelligent.

The unique elements include:

  • A lightweight carbon fiber hood features an air-extracting vent that not only pulls hot air out of the engine compartment, but helps reduce lift at speed by channeling air pulled through the radiator out and over the top of car rather than allowing trapped air to exit under the car
  • Unique front and rear fascias provide optimal aero performance, with larger grille openings in the front fascia to feed more air to the supercharged engine. Even the mesh pattern of the signature grille openings is enlarged to allow more air into the radiator and multiple heat exchangers
  • A front splitter enhances handling by forcing air to push down on the front of the car rather than flow under it, where it can cause lift
  • Wider fenders to accommodate the wide, 19-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer-only tires
  • The rocker moldings and rear spoiler are aero-optimized
  • The forged aluminum wheels and brake calipers are offered in three finishes, allowing owners to personalize the appearance of the Cadillac CTS-V.

 

An available, all-carbon fiber package takes aero performance and dramatic styling to higher levels. It includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent trim, rear diffuser and a taller, exposed-carbon fiber rear spoiler. The exposed carbon fiber components are book-matched on the centerline for a precise, tailored appearance.

Colors offered for 2018 include Black Raven, Red Obsession Tintcoat, Phantom Gray Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Radiant Silver Metallic and all-new colors Satin Steel Metallic and Vector Blue Metallic.

The 19-inch lightweight, forged aluminum wheels come in three finishes: premium painted, polished with Midnight Silver painted pockets and full, After Midnight premium painted.

Available Red or Dark Gold Brembo brake calipers accent the super sedan’s performance capability with style.

Engine and transmission – Immediate and relentless power

The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V super sedan is powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine SAE-certified at 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm). The car is capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.

The supercharged V8 engine makes more power more efficiently than the previous Cadillac supercharged engine. It employs a more-efficient, more-compact 1.7L supercharger and matches it with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation).

The supercharger’s rotors are smaller in diameter than the previous supercharged engine, allowing higher maximum rpm – and quicker “spin up” that enables power-enhancing boost to be generated earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

The Cadillac supercharged engine also has several unique features designed to support its high output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads, and lightweight titanium intake valves.

The paddle-shift eight-speed automatic, which offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, is tuned for world-class shift-response times. Smaller steps between gears keep the engine within the optimum range of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

Performance Algorithm Shifting delivers shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many luxury performance sedans but with the smoothness and refinement that come with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.

CTS-V driving experience – Class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement

The Cadillac CTS-V super sedan’s track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged powertrain, providing true track capability, performance and driver control without modifications or special procedures.

With more than a decade of V-Series production models and the Cadillac Racing program experience, Cadillac has engineered the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V super sedan to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality. The CTS-V incorporates unique performance elements, components from world-class performance automotive suppliers and segment-leading, company-exclusive technology.

The Cadillac CTS-V super sedan shares the same 114.6-inch (2,910 mm) wheelbase as the CTS non-V-Series models, but features wider front and rear footprints that enhance grip, reduce body motion in turns and contribute to more direct-feeling steering. The ZF Steering Systems electric power steering features 14-percent greater system stiffness for a feeling of precision and greater driver feedback.

The 19-inch wheels wrapped with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer-only tires give the Cadillac CTS-V its footprint and enable nearly 1g in lateral acceleration. The lightweight, forged aluminum wheels – measuring 9.5 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear – are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce un-sprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs.

In fact, the wheels are 45-percent stiffer than previous Cadillac CTS-V wheels, while the Michelin tires feature a tri-compound tread that delivers excellent grip in performance driving situations, excellent ride quality characteristics and extended tread wear.

A Brembo brake system provides durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance. The system includes 15.3-inch-diameter (390 mm) front Duralife rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diamter (365 mm) rear Duralife rotors with four-piston calipers.

Segment-best, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control “reads” the road a thousand times per second, sending data to magneto-rheological fluid-filled dampers that can independently control the damping characteristics of all four dampers. Third-generation improvements enable 40-percent faster damping response. In fact, at 60 mph, the third-generation Magnetic Ride Control system calculates the optimal damping force for every inch of the road.

Segment-exclusive Performance Traction Management (PTM) software was derived from the championship-winning Cadillac Racing program for the V-Series and implements appropriate measures of electronic assistance, matched for driver skill or road condition. Five driver-selectable modes specifically for the track – Wet, Dry, Sport 1, Sport 2 and Race – provide progressive levels of electronic assistance, adjusting traction and stability controls. The standard electronic limited-slip differential translates the PTM software to optimal traction and enables maximum corner exit acceleration. Automatically activated in all five PTM modes, Launch Control manages tire spin to optimize full-throttle acceleration from a standing start.

Developed to respond to cornering and torque loads that go significantly beyond the levels experienced by the non-V models, the super sedan is almost 20% stiffer to meet high performance demands.

Unique and revised elements include:

  • Shock tower-to-tower brace
  • Shock tower-to-plenum brace
  • V-braces for the engine compartment
  • Strengthened rocker bulkhead
  • Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces
  • A unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis
  • Upper tie bar-to-rear bumper braces.

A revised multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension delivers a quicker response and increased lateral control, incorporating “hydro” bushings, where traditional elastomeric bushings are replaced with zero-compliance cross-axis ball joints, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar – for 20-percent greater roll stiffness

Cadillac’s five-link rear suspension features reduced roll center migration, stronger lateral control and effective anti-squat geometry, complementing the front suspension with greater body motion control. Contributing components include stiffer bushings, new cradle mounts, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar. Larger prop shafts and greater half-shaft asymmetry (stiffer driver’s side shaft) mitigate power hop during acceleration

Interior Design – a performance-focused cabin with handcrafted execution

The Cadillac CTS-V’s dual-purpose capability carries over to the interior, where the design and relationship of key components are focused expressly on performance-driving ergonomics. Handcrafted cut-and-sew elements, with decorative stitching and authentic materials, surround performance seating, features and technology.

Available 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance front seats are the lynchpins for the driving experience, with aggressive, adjustable bolsters that help hold the driver and front passenger in place during high-load cornering. They also have a luxury-performance feel, trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks. Twenty-way-adjustable, semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats with sueded microfiber inserts are standard.

An available sueded microfiber steering wheel and shift knob complement the seating.

The Cadillac CTS-V features a high-definition, 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster display, with V-Series graphics and distinctive gauge readouts and complementing full-color head-up display.

The available Performance Data Recorder (PDR) enables drivers to record, view and analyze driving experiences by capturing real-time video, cabin audio and performance data. The system – which features an HD camera and performance data acquisition hardware – is controlled via Cadillac CUE’s color touch screen. Recordings can be reviewed on the screen when the vehicle is parked or saved to an SD card to view or share from another device. PDR data can be analyzed using Cosworth Toolbox, a free suite of analysis software developed from racing analysis software and designed for use with the PDR in the Cadillac ATS-V Sedan and Coupe and the Cadillac CTS-V super sedan. V-Series owners can use Cosworth Toolbox to review laps to quickly improve performance such as braking points, accelerating points, driving lines and corner speeds.

The Cadillac CTS-V offers front and rear park assist, as well as Automatic Park Assist – which enables the car to steer itself in parallel and perpendicular spaces – and the Curbview Camera. It provides a view of the lower-front of the CTS-V to help protect the front splitter when parking.

Three interior color combinations are offered: Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum accents and Saffron with Jet Black accents all with a sueded microfiber headliner.

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Exterior

BMW M5

For the 2018 model year, BMW updated the exterior styling of the M5 with exactly what you’d expect from a high-performance model, such as revised bodywork and larger intakes, aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic construction, and standard 19-inch wheels. Optional equipment includes 20-inch rollers. In back, you’ll find four polished exhaust pipes with a rounded shape.

Overall, the look doesn’t vary a whole lot from what we’ve seen before from BMW, riding a fine line between aggression and refinement.

Overall, the look doesn’t vary a whole lot from what we’ve seen before from BMW. The headlights get a lit surround for the projectors, while a kidney-shaped grille sits in between. The lines are bold and chiseled, riding a fine line between aggression and refinement. The profile gets a slight rake to the stance, while the squared rear end enhances the forward-leaning shape. It’s a look we like, mixing athleticism with elegance in a tight, cohesive package. Granted, it’s nothing terribly revolutionary – we’ve seen this before from BMW, and it looks as good as it always has.

Cadillac CTS-V

The CTS-V is also equipped with a variety of speed details well suited for the segment in question. Standard spec includes a carbon fiber hood, with the option for further carbon fiber for the vents, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. The extra composites and aero enhancements are offered with the Carbon Fiber package, while wide, 19-inch wheels are used in the corners.

Compared to the M5, the Caddy is much more in your face when it comes to announcing its performance intentions.

Compared to the M5, the Caddy is much more in your face when it comes to announcing its performance intentions, especially with the optional carbon package. Whereas the M5 incorporates its swoops and cuts and vents and aero in a subtle, cohesive way, the Cadillac seems to take a more “tacked-on” approach. The various bits of go-fast styling look like they were added later on in the design process – take the rear wing and enormous hood louvers as good examples of that. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some folks prefer the more brash, boisterous American attitude of the Caddy, and we can respect that.

Exterior Dimensions

Interior

BMW M5

Inside the M5, things are once again as you’d expect, with a driver-oriented layout and dash design similar to what you get in the 7 Series. A stubby drive system controller is mounted on the central tunnel, while the seats come covered in merino leather. These sitters get electrical adjustment in a plethora of directions, plus ventilation and massage functions, not to mention decent side support. Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging, and gesture control are all onboard, while the optional tech package adds a 10.25-inch screen mounted to the top of the dash.

The BMW is a nice place to be.

Take a step back, and you’ll quickly notice the cabin of the BMW as all horizontal lines and shiny trim, plus lots of buttons and soft-touch surfaces. It’s a nice place to be, offering lots of comfort, plus the right performance-oriented gear when you need it, once again striking a balance between going fast and going comfortably.

Cadillac CTS-V

Step into the CTS-V and you’ll find a generous heaping of semi-aniline leather upholstery, plus suede microfiber accents and matte-finish carbon fiber. The seats are 20-way adjustable heated and ventilated buckets with impressive side bolsters, but if you need even more side support, you can get yours with Recaro buckets instead. The CUE system provides the platform for information and entertainment, complemented by a heads-up display, voice command, navigation, a Bose Surround Sound stereo, Siri Eyes Free, and a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot. A 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster is mounted behind the steering wheel. Helping the driver is a front curb-view camera for easier parking, as well as automatic parking assist, side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic alert. There’s also a Performance Data Recorder for on-track heroics.

While it’s sure to be quite comfortable, the CTS-V definitely looks dated in its design.

While it’s sure to be quite comfortable, the CTS-V definitely looks dated in its design, especially the center stack, which appears as though it was plucked from the year 2000. Given a choice, the BMW definitely looks like the better option for long-distance travel. That isn’t to say the CTS-V isn’t nice – you still get some pretty sweet amenities and luxury-oriented features, but unfortunately, the BMW wins overall in this category.

Drivetrain

BMW M5

The really big news for the BMW M5 this time around is the inclusion of 4WD, a first in the history of the nameplate. Previously rocking a RWD layout, the new M5 still has the ability to smoke the meats on demand thanks to a 2WD drive mode. There are also several settings for routing power to all four corners, including 4WD Sport, which promises a little rear slip when pushing hard for “easily controlled drifts” (take that Ken Block). An active M differential for the rear axle also helps it put the power down when traction is preferred.

Making the go is a 4.4-liter V-8 with two turbochargers, producing as much as 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

Making the go is a 4.4-liter V-8 with two turbochargers, producing as much as 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The 0-to-62 mph is done in 3.4 seconds, while top speed is limited at 155 mph. Get the optional M Driver’s package, and you’ll see 189 mph at the top end. An eight-speed M Steptronic transmission swaps cogs. Under the bodywork is a suspension set-up honed on the Nurburgring, also with multiple driving modes. Hauling it down are standard M compound brakes with six-pot calipers in front, while the option for carbon brakes is on the list.

While we’re sad to see the V-10 engine lose a few cylinders, the prodigious power levels of the new M5 still manage to impress.

While we’re sad to see the V-10 engine lose a few cylinders, the prodigious power levels of the new M5 still manage to impress. 600 horses and a 0-to-60 mph time in the low-3-second range is exactly what we’d want from the model, and the addition of a variable AWD system makes it all much more useable in the real world. The suspension is also sure to find that enviable balance between luxury and agility, and we’d love to see what it’s like on the street and track against the competition.

Cadillac CTS-V

Pulling from the GM parts bin, the CTS-V is certainly well equipped when it comes to under-hood firepower. Rocking the same supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 as the Corvette Z06, the CTS-V manages as much as 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough for a sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. An eight-speed automatic with launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting routes it all to the rear, where an electronic limited-slip differential helps put it all to the pavement. The third-generation Magnetic Ride Control and competition-spec traction control plus multiple drive modes help it handle, while the suspension is upgraded with strut braces, an engine bay V-brace, upper tie braces, and a stiffer chassis. ZF helps the steering with variable ratio power feedback. Brembo was sourced for the brakes, with 15.3-inch rotors and six-pot calipers in front, while the rear wears 14.3-inch rear rotors and four-pot calipers.

Rocking the same supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 as the Corvette Z06, the CTS-V manages as much as 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.

Although it’s significantly more powerful, the CTS-V loses a bit of steam in the 0-to-60 mph sprint against the BMW M5, most likely due to traction issues with the RWD system. And while it should handle spectacularly on the track, CTS-V is also known for its rather harsh ride compared to the more refined BMW. But that’s the tradeoff – do you want something more connected, or something that floats a little more?

Prices

BMW M5

BMW has yet to announce pricing for the U.S.-bound M5, but did mention a figure of 117,900 Euros ($140,655 at current exchange rates, 08/25/2017) for buyers across the pond. Stateside, we’re expecting a price tag closer to $100,000, but that number will surely skyrocket with options.

Cadillac CTS-V

The Cadillac CTS-V starts at just $85,995, making it significantly cheaper than the Bimmer. And that’s a good thing if you like to get frisky with the options list.

Conclusion

So then, where’d we end up?

For starters, the Bimmer is a sophisticated, stylish, well engineered four-door with simply ludicrous performance potential. It looks good without shouting about it, and the interior is well appointed and high-tech. It’s got loads of power, and with AWD, a nice bump to practicality as well.

By comparison, the Cadillac is more powerful, but not quite as quick and practical without AWD. It’s also much more aggressive looking, and the interior isn’t at the same levels as the BMW. It’s also significantly cheaper, and if track days are a hobby, it’s got the options to provide the thrills.

Looking for a top-shelf cruise missile for high-speed horizon-seeking? Get the BMW. Want to get noticed for less money, and care less about comfort and features, and more about nailing those apexes? Get the Cadillac.

References

2018 BMW M5

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M5.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Read our full review on the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V Hits 200 mph with 640 hp

Track-capable from the factory, with sophisticated road manners

2014-12-22


DETROIT – Cadillac today introduced the 2016 CTS-V, the most powerful product in the brand’s 112-year history and the newest entry in the elite class of the world’s highest-performing luxury cars.

Launching in late summer with 640 horsepower (477 kW), 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm) and a top speed of 200 mph, the new CTS-V reaches higher than its predecessors, leading Cadillac’s product-driven expansion and elevation. It is the third generation of the acclaimed luxury sports sedan that launched the elite V-Series a decade ago – and redefined Cadillac for a new generation of enthusiasts.

“V-Series represents the very best of the Cadillac brand – the pinnacle of our design and technical capabilities,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “The new CTS-V is the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory. The new CTS-V soars into the stratosphere of the most exhilarating luxury cars.”

Comprehensive updates make the new CTS-V essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car straight from the factory. It also introduces a new supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine backed by Cadillac’s paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission, featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting.

With more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower (twin-turbo) V-8, the new CTS-V is capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds.

Track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged powertrain and elevate CTS-V’s capability, performance and driver control to new thresholds, while enabling track driving without modifications or special procedures. Key performance technologies include:

  • Standard carbon fiber hood and available carbon fiber vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser for greater aerodynamic performance
  • Brembo high-performance brake system developed to provide durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance straight from the factory
  • Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control delivering 40-percent faster damping response
  • Integrated chassis controls that provide balanced performance for touring and the track, including competition-spec Performance Traction Management
  • Structural stiffness increased by 25 percent for improved ride and superior handling
  • Driver-selectable modes electronically calibrate performance variables for touring, sport and track driving conditions
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with tri-compound technology offering excellent grip with extended wear
  • An interior with performance-oriented, sueded microfiber accents and matte-finish carbon fiber trim and available RECARO high-performance seats for spirited driving
  • Advanced safety and parking technologies, including a front curb-view camera system that provides a visual cue of curbs to protect the front splitter; automatic parking assist to find and steer into parallel or perpendicular parking spots; side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert.     

Additionally, the Performance Data Recorder in the CTS-V allows drivers to record high-definition video, with data overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track, enabling sharing on social media.

More powerful supercharged V-8 engine
The power behind the new CTS-V’s capability is an all-new, more powerful 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that makes more power more efficiently than the previous Cadillac supercharged engine. It employs a more-efficient, more-compact 1.7L supercharger and matches it with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation).

The supercharger’s rotors are smaller in diameter than the previous supercharged engine, allowing higher maximum rpm that enables power-enhancing boost to be generated earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

The Cadillac supercharged engine also has several unique features designed to support its high output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads, and lightweight titanium intake valves.

The CTS-V’s complementing eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times. Smaller steps between gears keep the engine within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

The new 8L90 transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, and Performance Algorithm Shifting to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many luxury performance sedans – but with the smoothness and refinement that come with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.

Stronger structure enhances body motion control
The CTS’s structure is highly mass optimized and designed to meet higher performance requirements, with enhancements to the V-Series developed to respond to cornering and torque loads that significantly exceed the levels experienced by the non-V models.

Unique and revised elements include:

  • Strut tower-to-tower brace
  • Strut tower-to-plenum brace
  • V-braces for the engine compartment
  • Strengthened rocker bulkhead
  • Stronger rear cradle-to-rocker braces
  • A unique aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis
  • Upper tie bar-to-bumper braces.

The enhancements bolster structural stiffness by 25 percent over non-V models, for more precise handling and steering – and a more confident feel from a vehicle that conveys strength through exceptional solidity. 

“With the stronger body structure – and more than a decade of V-Series production models and the CTS-V racing program experience – engineers tuned the CTS-V to deliver greater body motion control for a more agile feel, while maintaining excellent ride quality,” said David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “The result is class-leading capability on the highway or track, balanced with luxury and refinement.”

Track-honed chassis and suspension
The CTS-V shares the same 114.6-inch (2,910 mm) wheelbase as the CTS non-V-Series models, but has wider front and rear footprints that enhance grip, reduce body motion and contribute to more direct-feeling steering.

Nineteen-inch wheels wrapped with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires give the CTS-V its footprint and enable nearly 1g in lateral acceleration. The lightweight, forged aluminum wheels – measuring 9.5 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear – are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce un-sprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs.

The wheels are 45-percent stiffer than previous CTS-V wheels, while the Michelin tires feature a tri-compound tread that delivers excellent grip in performance driving situations, while offering excellent ride quality characteristics and extended tread wear.

Additional contributors to the CTS-V’s responsive, connected and track-capable driving experience include:

  • A revised multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension delivers a quicker response and increased lateral control, incorporating “hydro” bushings, where traditional elastomeric bushings are replaced with zero-compliance cross-axis ball joints, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar – for 20-percent greater roll stiffness
  • The ZF Steering Systems Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering gear, with 14-percent greater system stiffness for an improved feeling of precision and greater driver feedback
  • Cadillac’s five-link rear suspension features reduced roll center migration, stronger lateral control and effective anti-squat geometry, complementing the front suspension with greater body motion control. Contributing components include stiffer bushings, new cradle mounts, higher-rate springs and a stiffer stabilizer bar
  • A standard electronic limited-slip differential supports optimal traction and enables maximum corner exit acceleration
  • Larger prop shafts and greater half-shaft asymmetry (stiffer driver’s side shaft) mitigate power hop during acceleration
  • A Brembo brake system provides durability, consistency and the capability for track-day performance. The system includes two-piece 15.3-inch-diameter (390 mm) front rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diamter (365 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers.

Also, the CTS-V features third-generation Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management. Four driver-selectable settings – Tour, Sport, Track and Snow – electronically calibrate performance variables to optimize the car for driving conditions. Performance Traction Management is offered in Track mode and features five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving.

Magnetic Ride Control “reads” the road a thousand times per second, sending data to magneto-rheological fluid-filled dampers that can independently control the damping characteristics of all four dampers. Third-generation improvements enable 40-percent faster damping response. At 60 mph, the third-generation magnetic ride control system calculates the optimal damping force for every inch of the road.

Functional form
Almost every exterior panel on the CTS-V is unique, from the fascias and fenders, to the hood, rear spoiler and rocker moldings – and each was designed to support the car’s capability, contributing to lift reduction, enhanced cooling or both.

The unique elements include:

  • A lightweight carbon fiber hood featuring an air-extracting vent that pulls hot air out of the engine compartment and helps reduce lift at speed by channeling air pulled through the radiator out and over the top of car rather than allowing trapped air to exit under the car
  • Unique front and rear fascias provide optimal aero performance, with larger grille openings in the front fascia to feed more air to the supercharged engine. Even the mesh pattern of the signature grille openings is enlarged to allow more air into the radiator and multiple heat exchangers
  • A front splitter enhances handling by forcing air to push down on the front of the car rather than flow under it, where it can cause lift
  • Wider fenders to accommodate the wide, 19-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
  • The rocker moldings and rear spoiler are aero-optimized
  • The forged aluminum wheels and brake calipers are offered in three finishes, allowing owners to personalize the appearance of the CTS-V.

An available Carbon Fiber package takes aero performance and mass optimization to higher levels. The Carbon Fiber package includes a more aggressive front splitter, hood vent, rear diffuser and spoiler.  

V-Series is the emotive core of Cadillac and the apex of the brand’s Art and Science design philosophy,” said Andrew Smith, executive director, Cadillac Global Design. “The CTS-V reflects that with a bold sense of arrival, serious performance, seamless integration of technology and precision in its craftsmanship. The exposed carbon fiber components, for example, are book-matched on the centerline for a more precise, tailored appearance.”

Performance-focused cabin
The CTS-V’s dual-purpose capability carries over to the interior, where the design and relationship of key components are focused expressly on performance-driving ergonomics.

“With the performance the new CTS-V is capable of delivering, the interior needs to be as functional as the other vehicle systems,” said Smith. “All of the contact points – the steering wheel, seats, shifter and pedals – are designed to make performance driving experiences direct and intuitive.”

The CTS-V features standard 20-way performance-oriented heated and ventilated front seats trimmed in semi-aniline leather, with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks. Available RECARO performance front seats deliver aggressive, adjustable bolsters that help hold the driver and front passenger in place during high-load cornering. They also have a luxury-performance feel, trimmed in Mulan leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks.

Additional features include Cadillac’s cut-and-sew elements, with decorative stitching and authentic materials such as available sueded steering wheel and shift knob. Three color combinations are offered: Jet Black, Jet Black with Light Platinum accents and Saffron with Jet Black accents.

The CTS-V features a unique version of the 12.3-inch instrument panel cluster display, with V-Series graphics and distinctive gauge readouts and complementing full-color, reconfigurable head-up display. It is also equipped with the latest connectivity technologies from Cadillac:

  • CUE with Bluetooth connectivity with natural voice recognition
  • Navigation with Bose Surround Sound audio
  • Siri Eyes Free and text-to-voice that converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers
  • Wireless inductive phone charging
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Performance Data Recorder is controlled via CUE’s color touch screen, and recordings can be reviewed on the screen when the vehicle is parked.

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2016 CADILLAC CTS-V PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Overview | Engine | Transmission | Chassis/Suspension | Wheels/Tires | Brakes | Dimensions | Capacities

Overview

Model:

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Body style / driveline:

4-door sport luxury sedan (RWD)

Construction:

unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension

GM vehicle class:

midsize luxury sedan

Engine

 

6.2L supercharged V-8

Displacement (cu in / cc):

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material:

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

overhead valve, two valves per cylinder

Fuel delivery:

direct injection

Lubrication system:

wet sump

Compression ratio:

10:1

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

640 / 477 @ 6400 (SAE certified)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

630 / 855 @ 3600 (SAE certified)

Max. engine speed (rpm):

6600

Recommended fuel:

premium required

GM-estimated fuel economy

TBD

Transmission

 

Hydra-Matic 8L90

Type:

paddle-shift eight-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Gear ratios (:1):

 

First:

4.56

Second:

2.97

Third:

2.08

Fourth:

1.69

Fifth:

1.27

Sixth:

1.00

Seventh:

0.85

Eighth:

0.65

Reverse:

3.82

Final drive ratio:

2.85

Chassis/Suspension

Configuration:

rear-wheel drive

Differential:

electronic limited-slip

Front suspension:

MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints and direct-acting stabilizer bar; Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts

Rear suspension:

independent five-link with Magnetic Ride Control

Steering type:

ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable assist

Steering ratio:

15.5 (on center) to 11.2 (full lock)

Steering turns, lock to lock:

2.37

Turn circle (ft / m):

40.3 / 12.3

Chassis control:

four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist and traction control; Performance Traction Management

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type:

19 x 9.5-inch front / 19 x 10-inch rear aluminum

Tire size:

front: 265/35ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
rear: 295/30ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Brakes

Type:

four-wheel disc; four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP; Brembo brakes with staggered six-piston calipers (front) and four-piston calipers (rear)

Rotor type and  thickness
(in / mm):

front: 15.35 x 1.41 (390 x 36) vented, with two-piece construction; Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance
rear: 14.37 x 1.10 (365 x 28) vented; Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm):

114.6 / 2910

Length (in / mm):

197.6 / 5021

Height (in / mm):

57.2 / 1454

Width (in / mm):

72.2 / 1833

Track (in / mm):

front: 62.1 / 1577
rear: 61.2 / 1554

Curb weight (lb / kg):

4145 / 1880

Weight distribution
(% front / rear):

52.7 / 47.3

 

Interior

Legroom (in / mm):

front: 45.7 / 1160
rear: 35.4 / 899

Headroom (in / mm):

front: 40.4 / 1026
rear: 37.5 / 952

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 56.9 / 1446
rear: 54.8 / 1392

Hip room (in / mm):

front: 53.8 / 1366
rear: 53.3 / 1353

Capacities

Seating capacity
(front / rear):

2 / 3

EPA passenger volume
(cu ft / L):

97 / 2746

EPA trunk volume
(cu ft / L):

13.7 / 388

Fuel tank (gal / L):

19 / 72

Engine oil (qt / L):

10 / 9.5

Cooling system (qt / L):

11.9 / 11.3

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

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Exterior

  • Meet the third-gen Cadillac CTS-V
  • Aerodynamic Fascia
  • Large Grille and Heat Extractors
  • Carbon Black Package - $6,950

Dark, menacing with only a few touches of chrome define this CTS-V’s theme

Dark, menacing with only a few touches of chrome define this CTS-V’s theme. Yeah, Cadillac offers several other color options, but the black-on-black look suits it well. Much of the blackness is credited to the Carbon Black Package, a $6,950 option that brings 19-inch “Midnight Dark” alloy wheels, the black chrome-accented grille, and a slew of carbon fiber both inside and out. Outside, this includes the carbon fiber hood vent, carbon fiber front splitter, and the carbon fiber rear diffuser, and the tall, carbon fiber rear spoiler.

About the only bright trim on this CTS-V is the Cadillac badge, the headlights, the V-Series badge on the front fender, the door handles, the trim around the windows, and the bar atop the license plate.

The CTS-V has some serious aerodynamics improvement over the standard CTS

Aside from its color, the CTS-V has some serious aerodynamics improvement over the standard CTS. The front splitter, the larger grille, the heat extractors, the underbody panels, and the rear diffuser all help manager airflow to achieve that 200-mph V-max. And yes, everything is functional. That’s especially true up front where seven heat exchangers hid behind the bumper and grille. Each has something it cools, from the main radiator for the V-8 and the intercooler for the supercharger to the rear differential and transmission. Functionality is a big part of the CTS-V’s design.

Exterior Dimensions

Interior

  • 8-inch CUE infotainment system
  • Seats are fully adjustable
  • Swanky digital instrument cluster
  • G-meter, Lap timer, and PDR
  • Onboard HD Camera

The outside might be functional, but the interior is slightly less so

The outside might be functional, but the interior is slightly less so. I found the CUE infotainment system frustrating to use. The 8.0-inch display is slower to respond to fingertip touches than other GM 8.0-inch systems, and the HVAC and radio controls are just overly complex and solve a problem that didn’t exist. A set of classy yet traditionally functional controls would go a long way to making the CVT-V (and even the standard CTS) a more livable luxury sedan.

Besides the finicky controls, the CTS-V lives up to its hype. It has room for five people and a sizable trunk. The back seats are large enough for adults to get comfy and the secondary HVAC controls and air vents let rear passengers set their own temperature and fan speed. The system can also be controlled from up front so parents can manage the kid’s cooling.

The seats are impressively adjustable, offering control over the thigh and back bolsters, lumbar, height, and rake

My tester came with the optional $2,300 Recaro front bucket seats with suede microfiber inserts. The seats are impressively adjustable, offering control over the thigh and back bolsters, lumbar, height, and rake. They would be perfect for the track thanks to their grippy surface. On the daily, though, I found the suede inserts and thick bolster do a better job at trapping heat. Sadly, the Recaros don’t offer ventilation, only heating. The wife says that function works wonderfully.

The CTS-V also boasts a swanky digital gauge cluster that is configurable with three main themes and more than a two dozen combinations of ancillary gauges and vehicle parameters. Being a proper GM track monster, it has a G meter, a lap timing, and the Performance Data Recorder with the HD camera mounted just ahead of the rearview mirror. Slide in a memory card and the PRD will record your driving and overlay information like speed, rpm, g-forces, and lap times.

Interior Dimensions

Drivetrain

  • Aluminum 6.2-liter LT4 V-8
  • 640 Horsepower
  • 630 Pound-feet of Torque
  • 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds
  • Quarter-mile in less than 12 seconds
  • Top speed: 200 mph
  • Eight-speed auto with paddle shifters
  • Blast to Drive
  • $86,990

The all-aluminum small-block boasts 640 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 630 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm

The heart of the Cadillac CTS-V is its engine. This is GM’s LT4 V-8 and is the same supercharged, 6.2-liter engine found in the Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1. Unfortunately, Cadillac falls below Corvette and Camaro in GM’s pecking order, so its LT4 is 10 horsepower and 20 pound-feet short of the Chevys. Regardless, that still leaves the Cadillac with world-class power.

The all-aluminum small-block boasts 640 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 630 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. And just like every small-block Chevy since 1955, it uses a single camshaft located inside the block and uses pushrods to operate the two valves over each cylinder. Of course, the LT4 is a member of GM’s fifth-generation small-block, meaning it has direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation. These features certainly contribute to the Cadillac CTS-V having an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 21 mpg. That is very respectable for a V-8 with more than 600 horsepower.

This 4,129-pound car will hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, rip through the quarter-mile in only 11.8 seconds at 124 mph, and continue pulling until it hits 200 mph

GM’s 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission also helps in fuel conservation, while also keeping the V-8 spinning in its power band during spirited driving. The transmission can also be controlled manually via paddle shifters. Power is sent rearward to an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. The smart diff manages the twist well, alternating power between the tires to maintain traction down to the millisecond. The eLSD works in conjunction with the traction control and drive modes to provide the best power-to-the ground possible. Disable the traction control, though, and you’ll instantly morph the massive Michelins into puffy clouds of expensive smoke.

The drivetrain isn’t the only tech keeping the CTS-V running right. The sedan has GM’s Magnetic Ride Control – those fluid-filled dampers that constantly adapt to changing road conditions and offer a range of ride stiffness that correlates to the drive modes. Just as in the Corvette and Camaro, the MRC works incredibly well, though I do wish Cadillac would make Comfort Mode a bit less firm. The same goes for the transmission’s shifts; the car remains too high-strung and acts like a Greyhound yanking at its leash even around town.

Small critiques aside, the nitty-gritty numbers don’t lie when it comes to the CTS-V’s performance. Provided it’s launched well and the 295-series Michelin Pilot Super Sport rear tires hook up, this 4,129-pound car will hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, rip through the quarter-mile in only 11.8 seconds at 124 mph, and continue pulling until it hits 200 mph. Road-holding is equally good, with a 1.0-g held on the skidpad and braking from 60 mph in an eye-popping 99 feet. These are supercar numbers from a four-door Cadillac!

Drivetrain Specifications

Behind the Wheel

The CTS-V is an absolute blast to drive fast

The CTS-V is an absolute blast to drive fast. Its supercharged V-8 never runs out of steam on any road short of a drag strip. Its steering is quick and precise. It’s Brembo brakes (six-piston up front, four out back) do an amazing job stopping the car, regardless of speed. Even outward visibility is good, lending to a good sense of control from behind the suede-wrapped wheel.

But not everything is perfect with the CTS-V. Like I mentioned the car doesn’t feel satisfied tooling around town. It wants to move. It wants to dance. The rumble of the exhaust and whine of the supercharger are constant reminders of the 640 horses living under that carbon fiber hood. Worse still, (and I can’t believe I’m saying this…) the CTS-V is just too powerful to enjoy on public roads. That sweet V-8 wants to rev, but anything past half throttle either has the tires spinning or speed limits getting completely blown away. It’s like having bulldozer and only using it to build sandcastles. I guess that’s why they say, “it’s more fun to drive a slow car quickly than a quick car slowly.” But don’t let my personal temptations bar you from wanting this car. I just need to scratch the itch on a proper racetrack.

The suspension is a bit too firm, and the transmission’s shifts are far too harsh

The only (slightly more) objective criticism is the CTS-V’s Comfort Mode. I alluded to it before, but the car still feels hyped up even when this drive mode is selected. The suspension is a bit too firm, and the transmission’s shifts are far too harsh. In Sport Mode, it’s great, but sometimes I like to enjoy a peaceful drive with the wife without getting kicked in the pants by a tranny.

Nevertheless, the CTS-V is definitely on my short-list of most fun car I’ve driven and I’d buy one in a heartbeat if I had money to blow. Speaking of that…

Pricing

Without all the fancy stuff, the 2017 Cadillac CTS has a base price of $46,990. That’s not bad considering it’s rivals. Caddy will happily sell you a soft, luxury-lined model with all the bells and whistles without any of the sporty stuff starting at $60,190 for the Premium Luxury trim. There’s also the V-Sport model with a 420-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 for $61,690 or $71,790 with the Premium Luxury package added. But none of these compare to the CTS-V for raw power and sinister looks.

The 2017 CTS-V starts at $86,990. For that, you get the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, eight-speed auto, magnetic ride control, limited-slip rear differential, Brembo brakes, all the functional aero bits, the digital gauge cluster, CUE, and full leather seats with heating and venting up front. My tester was filled to the brim with options, though, including the $6,950 Carbon Black Package. That brings the exterior carbon fiber pieces, the interior carbon fiber trim, suede steering wheel and shifter, and black wheels.

The $2,075 Luxury Package adds the Rear Camera Mirror, tri-zone climate controls, split rear seat with armrest and heated outboard seats, the power rear sunshade and manual side window shades, and a 110-volt power outlet. Then there’s the $2,300 Recaro front buckets, $1,600 Performance Data Recorder, and $1,450 panoramic moonroof. Last but not least is the Dark Gold paint on the Brembo calipers for $595.

Tack on the $1,000 gas-guzzler tax and $995 destination charges, and my tester totals out to $103,260

Competition

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

The AMG E63 S is just as beastly as the Cadillac, though it goes about life a bit differently. As a whole, the car is more luxury-minded thanks to an absolutely gorgeous interior that easily outdoes the CTS-V’s and an exterior that’s a bit more reserved.

Power comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 with 603 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 627 pound-feet of torque at only 2,500 rpm. It might be slightly down on power compared to the CTS-V, but thanks to 4Matic AWD, the E63 S puts the power down more predictably. A nine-speed automatic mediates relations between the all-aluminum, direct-injected V-8 and the stick rubber. Performance numbers are impressive, with 60 mph coming in only 3.2 seconds and the quarter-mile happening in 11.5 seconds. Interestingly, the Merc’s top speed, when not governed at 155 mph, is “only” 186 mph. Perhaps the CTS-V’s extra bodywork really does pay off.

The Mercedes-AMG E63 S makes the Cadillac CTS-V seem like a bargain when it comes to pricing, though. The Merc starts at $104,400 and will quickly soar when extra options.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

2018 BMW M5

The M5 is a staple in the performance luxury segment and has been for decades. Now for 2018, the M5 has a fresh face, an updated interior, a more powerful engine, the addition of AWD, and the subtraction of a manual transmission. While those last two items might make purists sad, the Bavaria’s latest is no slouch or ho-hum sedan.

The familiar 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 returns but makes 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Though lower than the others, the torque peaks at only 1,800 rpm and stays strong till 5.700 rpm where horsepower immediately takes over and lasts till 6,600 rpm. An eight-speed automatic transmission does the shifting and a part-time (no, not a type-o) AWD system. Yes, you can turn the AWD system off should you decided to drift the M5 with its Drift Mode setting on. Normal operation has the AWD system constantly engaged. BMW says the 2018 M5 will hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 189 mph. Looks like the Caddy is still the fastest of the bunch.

As of this writing, BMW hasn’t released the price for the 2018 M5, but we expect it to start around $100,000.

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M5.

Conclusion

The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V is a helluva car. With a good ole fashioned Chevy small-block V-8 under the hood making a class-leading 640 horsepower thanks to a supercharger, this American monster is able to truly fight off its global rivals. Its armor is made of carbon fiber and is lined with microfiber suede. It’s surname has history and it’s battling to clear the Cadillac crest of past sins. There’s no doubt Cadillac has come a long way in recent years, but there is still more work to be done. Nevertheless, Caddy is on the right track. Now, if people would just start buying them.

  • Love it

    • Outstanding powertrain minus the transmission
    • Sinister looks match the performance
    • A true world-beater and 200-mph sedan
  • Leave it

    • Transmision isn’t the smoothest
    • Recaro seats make me hot
    • Expensive options

References

Cadillac CTS

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac CTS.

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V.

Mark McNabb

Mark McNabb was a contributor at TopSpeed from 2013 to 2018. Growing up, Mark always had a mind for tinkering on random items throughout his home and dad’s garage, including a 1953 Ford Mainline and 1971 Corvette Stingray.  Read full bio

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Next-Generation 640-hp Cadillac CTS-V Launches This Summer

U.S. DEALERS BEGIN ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW FOR CADILLAC’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCE ICON

2015-04-29


DETROIT – Cadillac announced today that U.S. dealers will begin accepting orders for the next-generation 2016 CTS-V, the all-new high-performance sedan that launches in late summer. The 640-hp CTS-V is the second of two all-new V-Series models to come to market in 2015, following the smaller ATS-V coupe and sedan, which launches in late spring. 

Cadillac’s new 2016 V-Series models represent a significant expansion of the brand’s elite, high-performance line. Not only are the new V-Series cars elevated in terms of performance, they now reach a broader spectrum of drivers by presenting two distinct personalities, size categories and price points.

With a top speed of 200 mph and 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds, the CTS-V is the most powerful car in Cadillac’s 112-year history. The 2016 CTS-V is priced from $83,995. Customers can place orders now with dealers and view additional product information at Cadillac.com. 

The CTS-V elevates into the elite group of the world’s highest-performing sedans.

V-Series represents the pinnacle of Cadillac, a brand that now makes drivers’ cars at the highest level,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “The new CTS-V is essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car with awe-inspiring performance. This type of car is exclusive, the domain of the few who can access this level of incredible capability. V-Series matches or overtakes the finest cars in this elite class, while being more accessible.”

Segment-exclusive, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest reacting suspension technology, is just one of many standard features and engineering enhancements offered in the 2016 CTS-V. The car includes a carbon fiber hood, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, driver-selectable modes for touring, sport and track driving conditions, and performance-oriented, sueded microfiber accents and matte-finish carbon fiber trim.

Equipped with a 6.2L supercharged V-8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, the CTS-V has more horsepower (640 hp/477 kW) and more torque (630 lb-ft/855 Nm) than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower V-8.

The smaller ATS-V launch will precede the CTS-V. Also track-capable from the factory, the 464-hp ATS-V features the exclusive Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6 and 0-60 acceleration of just 3.9 seconds. The 2016 ATS-V is priced from $60,465 and presents high-performance capability in both coupe and sedan forms.

Editors’ note: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination ($995), tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. 

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Cadillac CTS-V 100 - 326 km/h on German Autobahn

Review: Cadillac's $100,000 2019 CTS-V sports sedan gives BMW, Mercedes a run for their money

Cadillac, the luxury arm of auto giant General Motors, appeared to not anticipate the insatiable hunger consumers have for SUVs and crossovers. 

While Cadillac tried to out-German BMW and Mercedes with a lineup of sports sedans with impressive driving dynamics and great prices, the Germans padded their lineups with seven crossovers each. Cadillac, until 2018, offered only one.

The company is now retreating back to Detroit after a few years in New York. They've announced the XT4 and XT6 crossovers to compliment the XT5 and Escalade and are consolidating the CTS and ATS into the CT5 sedan.

This, the fire-breathing, 200-mile-per-hour CTS-V, is a testament to how well Cadillac accomplished its mission of building amazing sports sedans. Unfortunately, the market wanted something else.

The good

"Parts sharing" is almost a dirty word in the industry. It conjures images of Cadillac Cimmarons and Lincoln Blackwoods that were thrown together with mainstream parts and adorned with luxury nameplates. But sometimes, it makes sense.

For instance, the engine of the CTS-V is shared with a Chevy. Spending $106,180 on a Cadillac with a Chevy motor may sound absurd, until you realize that it's the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 yanked out of a Corvette Z06. With 640 horsepower and a slick eight-speed automatic swapping cogs, the CTS-V will hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and keep pulling onto a claimed top speed of 200 mph.

While it's more than enough power to do burnouts on command, the chassis is well suited to handle the force at the rear wheels. Years after its debut, the CTS-V still offers one of the most impressive chassis of any sports sedan. Especially teamed with the advanced traction and stability control system, the CTS-V is easy to drive fast and incredibly controllable for something so massive.

Steering is direct and provides a lot of feedback, though it can feel artificially heavy. With paddle shifters and a rev counter in the head-up display, it's also fun to manually control the impressive automatic transmission. It's not quite as ferociously quick as a dual-clutch transmission, but it's smoother in normal operation than most performance gearboxes.

So, too, is the ride. Thanks to magnetic shocks that can vary their stiffness on the fly, the CTS-V can deliver a smooth and livable ride or enough stiffness to attack a race track. It's a good match for the engine, which can roar to the redline or quietly churn away on the highway without any coarseness.

As for pricing, we understand that $106,180 sounds like a lot of money for a Cadillac. But our tester was fully loaded with a pricey carbon fiber package and carbon fiber engine cover responsible for over $7,000 of the Caddy's retail price.

A base CTS-V, with the required destination charge and gas guzzler tax, costs $89,290. The car's chief rivals, the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S, both start above $100,000. It's a bargain for the segment.

The bad

Inside, they don't do a great job of hiding the bargain price. As we've often complained with Cadillac products, the company's interiors can't compete with the best in the class. The CTS-V feels significantly cheaper inside than just about anything at this price point, with lots of black plastics and chintzy controls.

It also uses capacitive buttons — basically touch screen buttons, instead of a knob — for climate control, volume and other controls. We won't mince words: they don't work well. They don't always activate on the first try and at their best feel clunkier than the normal switches you'd expect.

That second-rate approach also applies to technology, where the CTS-V feels far behind its rivals. We can excuse the lack of advanced driver assists in a performance-oriented vehicle, but even the technology that is on board feels poorly implemented. The backup camera has poor resolution, the gauge cluster looks tacky, and Cadillac's infotainment system can't compare with the slickness or user-friendliness of, say, BMW's.

How we'd option it

The CTS-V doesn't feel as expensive inside as an M5 and there's no amount of options you can add to change that. This car is perfect for people who want to maximize the amount of performance they get for their money and aren't concerned about the latest tech or nicest interior. As such, we don't think you should go crazy with the options.

We'd certainly skip the carbon fiber package. Not only does it cost a lot, but the carbon fiber splitter sticks out of the car's chin and can easily get scraped. Replacing it isn't cheap.

In fact, unless you want to pick a different wheel style for $900, we think the best value is in skipping all of the options. The CTS-V comes standard with just about everything you'd need, so we don't think you should push the price past the $89,290 it'll cost to get your hands on a basic CTS-V.

Final thoughts

The CTS-V offers an extreme amount of performance for the dollar. It's capable of ferrying five people in relative comfort to 200 mph, a speed some supercars can't reach. It looks good, handles well and is a ton of fun on the road. It's totally usable as a daily driver and comfortable to drive.

It's not the most luxurious or modern option. It doesn't represent the next big thing or the future of Cadillac. But it's rolling proof that, when the company wants to build the best performance sedan for the money, it's capable of accomplishing that mission. We hope that, even as the focus shifts toward SUVs, Cadillac will keep making compelling sedans that make our hearts race.

Rating:

Exterior: 4

Interior: 2

Driving Experience: 5

Value: 4.5

Overall: 3.9

Price as tested: $106,180

*Ratings out of 5.

Sours: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/10/review-cadillacs-100000-2019-cts-v-sports-sedan-gives-bmw-mercedes-a-run-for-their-money.html

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