By now, you probably have seen and heard all about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan. Its supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 making 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque mated to GM’s new 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission, super-stiff architecture with third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, and near-perfect balance, the 2016 CTS-V is a beast through and through. But how does it compare to its competition? In a word, very, very well.
Now that the third-generation CTS-V is a properly portioned sedan for the market, rather than a vehicle that straddled the compact and midsize segment like its predecessor, the CTS-V has two vehicles squarely in its crosshairs: the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
Right off the bat, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is (much) is more powerful than its rivals and has the most cogs in its gearbox. It’s also quite a bit lighter and has a highest top speed than the M5 (Mercedes-Benz doesn’t disclose the top speed of its E63 AMG). It’s also half -a-second faster to 60 mph than the M5, but the Benz is 0.1 and 0.2 seconds quicker than the Caddy.
But what numbers don’t tell us is how it feels to drive the new CTS-V as opposed to the BMW and the Benz. But if the standard third-gen CTS is any indication, then it will probably provide a much better driving experience than its German opponents… especially with all of the enhancements to the CTS’ overall structure and chassis. Which is to say that we simply can not wait to drive this thing when it launches in 2015. Until then, ths spec-level comparison will have to do.
|METRIC||2016 CADILLAC CTS-V||2015 BMW M5||2015 BMW M5 COMPETITION||2015 MERCEDES-BENZ E63 4MATIC||2015 MERCEDES-BENZ E63 S 4MATIC|
|ENGINE CONFIGURATION:||16-VALVE OHV V8||32-VALVE DOHV V8||32-VALVE DOHC V8||32-VALVE DOHC V8||32-VALVE DOHC V8|
|ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (LITERS):||6.2||4.4||4.4||5.5||5.5|
|ENGINE ASPIRATION:||SUPERCHARGER||TWIN-TURBO||TWIN-TURBO||TWIN TURBO||TWIN TURBO|
|POWER (HP @ RPM):||640 @ 6400||560 @ 6000 – 7000||575 @ 6000 – 7000||550 @ 5250 – 5750||577 @ 5500|
|TORQUE (LB-FT):||630 @ 6300||500 @ 1500 – 5750||500 @ 1500 – 5750||531||590|
|DRIVE WHEELS:||REAR||REAR||REAR||REAR-BIASED ALL WHEEL-DRIVE|
|0-60 MPH SPRINT (SECONDS):||3.7||4.2||4.2||3.6||3.5|
|TOP SPEED (MPH):||201||155||155||NOT AVAILABLE||NOT AVAILABLE|
|TRANSMISSION TYPE:||AUTOMATIC WITH TORQUE-CONVERTER||DUAL-CLUTCH||DUAL-CLUTCH||AUTOMATIC WITHOUT TORQUE CONVERTER|
|CURB WEIGHT (POUNDS):||4145||4387||4387||4387||4431|
|CITY FUEL ECONOMY (MPG):||TBD||14||14||16||15|
|HIGHWAY FUEL ECONOMY (MPG):||TBD||20||20||23||22|
|STARTING PRICE (USD):||TBD||$93,600||$100,900||$93,600||$100,600|