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Video: And another BMW M5 vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Videos | October 6th, 2009 by 14

We’ve said it before, but we feel the need to reiterate: this has to be one of the most popular comparisons involving the M5 that …

We’ve said it before, but we feel the need to reiterate: this has to be one of the most popular comparisons involving the M5 that we have seen in months, if not years. The UK fellows at Autocar are taking the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V on track for a little rendezvous and tete-a-tete.  That’s the English equivalent for a meeting and head-to-head, for those of us that missed the French classes in high school.

The BMW M5 is powered by a naturally aspirated V10 that has 500 horsepower at 7750 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 6100 rpm. The M5 weighs in at just 4,012 lbs.

Cadillac CTS-V has a far more powerful engine under the hood, a 6.2L Supercharged V8, packing 556 horsepower at 6100 rpm and 551 lb-ft of torque at 3800 rpm. Keep these figures fresh in your mind… The CTS-V only weighs 4200/4300lbs, in manual and automatic trim.

Previously released official numbers show that the M5 runs from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds while the CTS-V is a tad faster, stopping the clock at 4.2 seconds. But let’s see how these two cars compete each other on 1/4 mile and 0-100 mph. What about at 140-150mph?

[Photo by MotorTrend | Tip by Carversation ]

  • Blaze

    I’m not really sure what the point of this video was/is. American muscle generally favours straight line acceleration and speed.

    Isn’t it the point of a sports saloon (or cars in general) to also go around corners?

  • joe

    cadillac can enjoy that title for another year or so. let see what happens when bmw introduces over 550 hp and KERS on top of it. so enjoy it while u can.

  • E92-TORONTO

    Who cares, Its still caddy, not the BMW.

  • Babken

    BMW M5 is the Dream Car of all times. CTS-V has an advantage of 49hp, 168lb-ft of additional torque and 1.2litre of additional displacement, but it’s just marginally faster (and only at speeds under 140mph). And for all of that Cadillac engineers needed a full 4 years. I can imagine what will happen when the next generation M5 comes to the ring. CTS-V will be turned to ashes.
    Bravo, BMW. Bravo for making such wonderful cars. Bravo for being the most prestigious brand in the world. BRAVO FOR BEING THE BEST!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518128413 Joseph Khunaysir

    The M5 is the king of kings … I have no idea how BMW top it.

  • Shawn

    The E60 is old, it’s run it’s production span and is being discontinued in December. 4 years is a very long time to improve upon a benchmark, and a comprehensive test would probably still show the M5 as the benchmark. As the CTS-V was just released into production very recently, a more fair comparison will be against the new M5.

    By the way, I don’t mean “wrinkly skin – grandma” old or “moldy bread” old, rather the M5 ages gracefully and gets better with age as with fine wine or cheese.

  • BmwM5Fan

    who cares, cadillac isnt a headturner, whereas m5 will always be!

  • JMLBMW

    I drove Cadillacs back in their hey day… but not until recently has the Caddy come back… good for GM… it’s about time! OK… that said… I am an avid BMW fan and driver. At present I am just finishing up a 2 year lease on my M coupe and it has been a real GAS… so to speak! What a GREAT machine! My new BMW was just finished yesterday in Germany and I am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.

    The new line of M cars coming from BMW will most certainly out run the latest from Cadillac. At least the horse power will be equal… which will give a much better comparison! Besides all that… BMW has never been just about being the fastest. It’s about being the best all around sports car! The next comparison should be about not only straight line acceleration but cornering as well. Let’s get these two cars on a track with professional drivers running head to head! Then we will know the real story. So… unitl then… BMW is The Ultimate Driving Machine!

  • Shawn

    BTW, did anyone notice that the CTS-V had a 2′ tenth jump on the BMW? (maybe 3′, hard to tell without the right softwear). This was a totally juvenile test without accurate timing. The CTS-V probably still would have edged out the BMW in a straight line, but not by nearly the same margin.

  • Kelz

    Why was the lady given the M5? Disturbing I’d say…

  • Nick

    Lousy driving. I’ve done a 12.56 with my E60 M5.

  • car

    Thanks for your cadillac cts video. This cadillac really looks awesome. The parts, engine and accessories was really nice and fits for the car.

  • car

    Thanks for your cadillac cts video. This cadillac really looks awesome. The parts, engine and accessories was really nice and fits for the car.

  • narrowband

    Has it occured to anyone why the M5 had “XFR” in its registration number? Though I still think the Jag won’t be able to beat ths CTSV.

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