Video Review: BMW M5 vs. Cadillac CTS-V

BMW M5 | April 27th, 2009 by 6

One of the most popular comparisons on our blog has always been the one between the BMW M5, one of the fastest sport luxury sedans, …

One of the most popular comparisons on our blog has always been the one between the BMW M5, one of the fastest sport luxury sedans, and the runner-up from Detroit, Cadillac CTS-V, a less expensive vehicle that offers impressive performance.

The BMW M5 is powered by a 5.0 liter V10 engine producing 500 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Some drive tests revealed a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds.

The runner-up CTS-V has a far more powerful engine under the hood, a 6.2 liter V8 with 551 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. 0-6o time is around 4.2 seconds.

Price difference between the two aforementioned vehicles is quite significant, the M5 tested by the folks at has a price tag of $94,000, while the CTS-V was priced at $60,000. Now let’s see how they stack against each other.


6 responses to “Video Review: BMW M5 vs. Cadillac CTS-V”

  1. Bobo says:

    WOW! Such a BRILLIANT review! Usually American video reviews are not quite good and sometimes plain boring (no offense) but one was perfect.

  2. Mauro Corti says:

    Another M5 vs CTS V… oh this time the C63 AMG is missing, that’s the difference between this and all the other 500000000000 reviews of these cars…

  3. Doug says:

    @Bobo: It was, and I agree, they typically aren’t.

    There really aren’t enough car review shows on TV here in the states, and the only one they seem to import is Top Gear whose reviews are highly ‘editorial’. Supercars Exposed has fantastic cars but doesn’t ever go into their driving characteristics. Supposedly the guy from that show will be on the american “version” of Top Gear.

  4. patricksixer says:

    Yeah it was a good video. Narrator’s voice bugged the living s**t out of me though! Sounded like a cheesy dealership ad or something!

    Can’t really argue with the results though, but then again as the video hinted at and others have said before, these cars are two very different animals. Either way, we’ll see what the F10 ///M brings to this fight, especially since Cadillac’s V is on hiatus (at best)….

  5. Peter says:

    I will add, to my previous comment…
    You know why I own a Land Rover when they are known to break down alot? Because I CAN. To me, class is more important than reliability. If I wanted a reliable car, I buy Lexus. In my LR, I am noticed the moment I arrive. People are not afraid of a drive by shooting when they see my LR (Escalade anyone?)
    Plus, I do not care if it breaks down! I make a phone call and the dealer gets me a Rover in minutes. Try that on a Cadillac.
    Think about this, the CTS-V is faster than an Aston Martin…..hum, which one would I pick though?
    Again, it is called the “Price of admission” . It is the same reason Augusta National Golf Club exists, separation of the classes.
    The CTS-V is a wide leather seat in COACH Class. Sorry, I pay the extra and fly first class.
    I am sure any State University has the same education level as an Ivy League school,…Still, I know where I am sending my kids!.
    It is called..CLASS. The M5 and CTS-v are not on the same class. You get what you pay for.!

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