CarGuyDad’s BMW M5 challenges the Cadillac CTS-V

BMW M5 | October 15th, 2009 by 13

Our friends Kamil over at CarGuyDad just emailed us to inform that along with his friend Mike will be challenging the Cadillac CTS-V in the …

Our friends Kamil over at CarGuyDad just emailed us to inform that along with his friend Mike will be challenging the Cadillac CTS-V in the new marketing campaign initiated by GM: “May The Best Car Win”. Mike will be driving a 2008 BMW M5 and will compete against GM’s former vice-chairman Bob Lutz on October 29th at New York’s Monticello Motor Club.

So far, we have Jalopnik’s Wes Siler who signed up for the challenge along with a Jaguar XFR. The comparisons between the BMW M5, CTS-V and Jaguar XFR have been going on for months, both on track and straightline, but now it’s the time to show the public who is the king.

But this is not it, apparently the challenge was opened to other participants as well and anyone can sign up for it, as long as some conditions are met.

CarGuyDads BMW M5 challenges the Cadillac CTS V

And I put the challenge out to you.  If you own a car comparable to the Cadillac CTS-V (a 4-door production stock sport sedan) and you want to match up against me and the Cadillac, you can join us at Monticello. Follow the link here to fill out an application.  From the list of applicants we’ll select several challengers to join us for the V-Series Challenge.

Now let’s take a look at the CarGuyDad’s M5:

2008 BMW M5 with SMG transmission. 13,000 miles, original tires and original brake pads. The Space gray car is pretty much fully loaded (read: heavy) with:

  • Full merino leather (dash/doors/panels/rear of seats/everywhere)
  • Comfort Access
  • Head-Up Display
  • 20-way front seats with active width adjustment
  • Heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel
  • Folding rear seat
  • Soft close doors
  • Premium sound with iPod control and Sirius
  • Rear side airbags
  • Three child seats in the back
  • Fifteen soccer balls and cones in the trunk (yes, they fit)

As Kamil points out, GM is clearly in for the win and some things will be at least debatable:

Let’s be honest for a second here. GM would not make a challenge such as this opened to everyone if it was not in it to win. It will have cars that will likely be the pick-of-the-litter, with most powerful engines and least amount of optional equipment (less extra weight). These Cadillacs will also probably be equipped with new tires and new brake pads. In addition, I have a feeling, that there may be a few victory-ensuring tricks thrown in, such as some high-temperature-rated brake fluid, better brake pads, etc. No one will really know.

But we’ll keep an eye on this challenge and we’re confident Kamil and his friend will make us proud, by us we mean the BMW fans. In the end, we all know M5 is still the King.

  • Kamil

    Ha, awesome, thanks. Again, the car belongs to my good friend Mike, and he will be driving, as per rules, which state that the car’s owner must drive it.

  • Giom

    Sounds interesting, but what does the tests entail? And why enter it when you know the M5 is out gunned by the new car? What is there to gain?

    Don’t get me wrong, for me there is only the M5, but you know how the public is… un-informed.

    Can we do this test again in two years time when the new M5 is on the street? Bob would probably not enter then…?

  • Kamran Hassan

    Its not a fair competition..the CTS-V will win.i agree with Giom..this test should be done again in 2011 when the new M5 comes out…also it would be interesting if its done on a track rather than a straight line. lts see the CTS-V out performer the beemer then.

  • Bavarian fan

    where is the A6 with it’s 580 hp? Who’s the king?!

  • Babken

    The king is BMW M5. Why? Just because it’s M5. That means the best of all worlds.

  • Tony Perrone

    Now I haven’t been keeping track of all of the numbers for the M5 vs the CTS-V but would an M5 with less options win? The M5 seems like it has smaller dimensions and therefore less curb weight, minus the honking v10 under the hood.

  • Doug

    3 child seats in the rear? I didn’t know that was possible. If they accompany CarGuyDad on the track, we definitely need Kid Cam g-force footage.

  • LussoForged

    Go Mike, good luck. Will there be a video post when the M5 comes home the victor? I’d love to be there in person for this, is it opened to the public?

  • 100$ GUY

    As good as the M5 is, its not the king anymore.
    So why not do this? Its a good move on paper by the PR people of GM.
    Yeah good question about the RS6…but I dont think it sells in the states, right?

  • narrowband

    bring on the RS6

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  • :p

    The RS6 isnt in the US because of our emission standards

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