Cadillac CTS-V vs Jag XFR - Drag Race
In a recent comparison, Cadillac's all-new 556 horsepower CTS-V sedan dominated the BMW M5 in a drag race battle. But there's a new competitor in the super sedan segment - Jaguar's 510 horsepower XFR. Can it take the crown away from Cadillac's CTS-V?
Drive - Cadillac CTS-V
Award winning automotive journalist Tom Voelk tests the New Cadillac CTS-V. The review also includes foot space for his size 11s, bluetooth connectivity (if the car has it), and the ever popular Toliet Paper (TP) test.
2010 Cadillac CTS
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670HP CTS-V Corsa Sport Exhaust and Kooks Headers
Tail lights and reflectors tinted, and Corsa/ Kooks Exhaust. Front grill was also painted a gloss black leaving the caddy badge alone so it would pop out. All work was done by Autowerks. (GM badges removed on both sides).
(Louder in person)
2010 Cadillac CTS-V
The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is a competent sedan that holds water against its German competitors but will stick in our heads because of its brute "wow"-inducing acceleration. The car just has power in droves, hindered only by the automatic transmission necessary gear changes and some split second indecisiveness under part-to-full throttle changes. It is neck-snapping head-rush-generating thrill ride with gobs of flat always-there force that just never relents until you back down. This engine isn't simply a moderately powerful V-8 slipped under the Cadillac's hood. It is a ZR1-dervied 556-hp motor that provides a deep V-8 burble with a smidge of Supercharger whine and designed to do one thing: to push its occupants to the upper echelons of the speedometer.
Speaking of the speedometer, despite sitting front and center and having the more spacious pod all to itself, it felt small and hard to read on anything but mundane driving. It doesn't really matter because it is best to keep your eyes on the large (extremely large) number that sits on the small screen perfectly located under the rpm gauge in the first pod; that number combined with the revs will give you a good idea of how fast you are going in more spirited driving. More importantly it will allow you to pop off the necessary gear changes with the F1-style paddles located on the back of the steering wheel when in the six-speed automatic's manual mode. Move too quick and you won't get the most power; move too slow and you will slam into the rev-limiter. That rpm gauge comes with a nice line of red glowing dots that follow the needle in its half circle rotation and help you quickly determine how far before the next gear change.
The ride in the Cadillac CTS-V is tight—enhanced by the way the seats suck you in and hold you snug like a mom's bear hug after her child's first stint at summer camp—and solid: no shakes, shimmers, or unnecessary rattles; the car is built extremely well. It corners flat with a touch of understeer and with tons of tenacious grip that even the raw power of this motor has a hard time breaking. The small-diameter microfiber-covered steering wheel is very low in telepathy and provides little feedback when the Magnetic Ride Control Suspension system is in touring mode. In fact, it is more disconnected than it probably should be, with some yacht-like feelings where the movement of the steering wheel doesn't always cause the reaction you think it should. The Stabilitrak system is there to provide the small nudges that Boost confidence but is never intrusive and never saps the power or life out of the car or drive. Immense stopping power is provide by the car's huge 15-inch rotors up front and 14.7-inch rotors at the rear.
The inside of the CTS-V can be summed up in one word: "shiny"; giving our test car an air of cheapness. The dashboard and center console in our tester had glossy, easily scratched black plastic instead of wood inlays. To add even more glare in a bright day, polished aluminum trim encircles each zone of the dashboard. Like the angular exterior, the interior also has some sharp edges. Although these provide the car with its trademark stand-out-in-a-pack looks, the angles can be do right painful, literally. Hit the crease in the trunk lid or the sharp angle at the edge of the dashboard and you will damn the designer. The optional Recaro seats are absolutely phenomenal; even giving us the desire to rip them out and use them as desk chairs afterwards. Besides looking really cool, they are soft and comfortable with tons of lumbar support and, with ventilation for both seats in the front, you and your co-pilot never have to worry about sweaty backs or cold butts.
In all the 2010 CTS-V is a real player in the mid-size luxury performance sedan market. It has the right power, the right build quality, the right performance, the right size, and the right amount of luxury to easily persuade someone from its German competitors.
Cadillac CTS-V vs BMW M5 by autocar.co.uk
US super-saloon the Cadillac CTS-V takes on the mighty BMW M5, more videos hi-res pics and full details at http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/Cadillac-CTS/233878/
King of Sport Sedans Dethroned? - Cadillac CTS-V Vs Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
Having already conquered both BMW and Jaguar, Cadillac's CTS-V now faces off against Mercedes-Benz's all-new E63 AMG in the ultimate battle for sport sedan supremacy.
Read the story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_1003_2010_cadillac_ctsv_2010_mercedes_benz_e63_amg_comparison/index.html
Shot by: Mike Suggett & Jim Gleason
Edited by: Mike Suggett