2013 BMW M5 vs. 2012 Cadillac CTS-V

BMW M5 | June 23rd, 2012 by 21
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Road and Track takes the new 2013 BMW M5 and pits it against a similar offering from Cadillac, the super sporty CTS-V. The powerplant in …

Road and Track takes the new 2013 BMW M5 and pits it against a similar offering from Cadillac, the super sporty CTS-V. The powerplant in the CTS-V is a supercharged OHV 6.2 liter LSA V8, based on the LS9 V8 from the recently released Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1. It produces 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque. The choice to use an Overhead valve (OHV) arrangement (also known as a pushrod engine) is unique in the luxury performance sedan market where competitors typically use dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) engines.

With the new F10 M5, BMW has moved on from from naturally aspirated engines to a TwinPower turbocharged V8. The high-revving 4.4-liter (4395cc) turbocharged uses the BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology, twin-scroll turbochargers, high-precision direct fuel injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and a cross-bank exhaust manifold that guarantees legendary BMW M-car thrust with seamless lag-free power delivery from just off idle.

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The engine outputs 560 horsepower from 5,750-7,000 rpm and 680Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque from only 1500rpm.

Here is an excerpt from their review, along with the comparison video:

We wrangled up the first manual-transmission BMW M5 in the U.S. and took it to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, where the CTS-V—now in its fourth year—stoically waited to get its clock cleaned. Turnabout is fair play, and the boys at Cadillac know it; it’s put up or shut up with these two. As icing on the cake, we did some back-road driving and then performed acceleration testing on the 7-speed MDCT-equipped M5 for good measure. On track, it’s all about the 6-speed manuals and an apples-to-apples comparison brawl that left these two blacker and bluer than when they arrived.

2013 BMW M5

After the initial hot laps in the M5, we were unimpressed. It feels ponderous in tight corners and the chassis only provides a modicum of communication, but surprise, the very first lap time in the M5 demolished the CTS-V’s. Feeling fast is truly not the same as being fast. The best example of exactly how isolated the driver is from the road are the brakes. Massive calipers clamp on floating rotors when decelerating from 110 mph down the back straight, the ABS is fully invoked and there is nothing felt. No pulsations in the brake pedal, no yaw resistance in the superbly thick steering wheel, and only a hint at the tires’ grip limit coming through the seat of the pants. To drive the M5 fast requires trust in the electronics and being sensitive to the gentlest of feedback in the steering wheel and chassis. Where the CTS-V does little to hide its performance-car roots, the M5 buries them under a mound of opulent isolation. We didn’t know it was possible to do that!
Outside of the track, the M5 was heavenly. Its 560-bhp twin-turbo V-8 packs a walloping 500 lb.-ft. of torque that starts at an amazingly low 1500 rpm. It dices traffic better than a Ginsu at work on a boiled carrot. The numbers don’t show it, but the CTS-V simply can’t compete with that broad torque curve.

And some of Road and Track’s conclusion, full review can be found here.

Sometimes a car is slower than it feels, and other times it’s faster. This is one of the latter. The CTS-V is immensely capable and provides the feedback we’ve come to expect from a sports sedan. But we’ve learned what a superb sports sedan should feel like from the BMW M5. So here’s the monkey wrench that BMW has hit us over the head with: The newest M5 has lost much of that feel as it has been made more comfortable. But in the process of isolating the driver from the road, BMW engineers have made the car much quicker. Take a look at the data and see how they did it.

A – For starters, the M5 powers across the starting line and achieves a 5-mph advantage into the first corner. This is partly due to the CTS-V’s hitting the top of 3rd and needing a shift to 4th briefly.

B – The difference in this off-camber corner is grip. The M5, with its custom Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, provided 0.07g more lateral grip than the CTS-V could on its older, smaller and less tacky Michelin Pilot Sports. We can guess that the next evolution of the CTS-V will include updated rubber.

C – A long 2-3 shift in the M5 delays entry to the tightest corner of the track; however, it stops quicker and pulls harder out of the corner than the CTS-V. From the driver’s seat, the M5 pushes through the corner while the CTS-V cuts a balanced slice through the apex. Thus, it’s a surprise that the M5 is so much quicker. We’ll chalk it up to the BMW’s Active M differential and tires.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

21 responses to “2013 BMW M5 vs. 2012 Cadillac CTS-V”

  1. Mousiee says:

    M5 FTW!!!!

  2. Mateo says:

    same stuff as usual. M5 is new car and its better than the old. in couple of years there will be new cts-v and it will be better and than new m5……..

  3. Not-any-more BMW fan says:

    It’s a pity the regular 5 Series can’t hold a candle to the Audi A6.

    • auaq says:

      Heh Heh! You’re back. I see ….. well …….. keep on trolling!
      Cheers sucker!

      • Not-any-more BMW fan says:

        Keep on looking like an idiot, ridiculous kid. BMW isn’t the best at anything. But the M5 is good nevertheless, though lagging far behind Porsche Panamera Turbo S.

        • BMWFan says:

          why are you here? and when you speaks, “PLEAS PROVIDE EVIDENCE TO BACK UP YOUR SILLY CLAMS”. “BMW isn’t good at anything”, poor boy, i would like to see the day when someone can prove that.

          • Not-any-more BMW fan says:

            Here is just one of many evidences. Do you know why I’m not a BMW fan any more. Because my 1997 523i left me half way during my 125km trip from Gyumri to Yerevan (Armenia). Together with my family we were left alone at night and my little sister was crying of fear. It took about an hour when the evacuator came for help. How can I love such an unreliable brand after that? It was all about the transmission failure. Nothing like that happens to Audi or Mercedes-Benz. They never break down during long way trips. That’s why I’m disappointed with BMW and will never get back to it again. No I’m looking for a Benz. And BMW will regret every valuable tear rolled down from my little sister’s eyes.
            Now I don’t know how have that stupid car repaired and sold away as soon as possible so that I can add up some sum and buy a 2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 which I like.

          • BMWFan says:

            look pal, if that’s the best motive you have in regards to evidence of
            proving that BMW is indeed “Isn’t good at anything” you’re a jack-ass.
            If you were spending money to to service the car the right way there’s
            no way that could have happen.

            You speak of Benz and Audi “don’t break down”,(somebody—,,,,,anybody,
            do you hear this idiot…HA,HA,HA,) what is it with those brand “are
            they IMMORTAL’S?, every car break down if you don’t service it. What
            makes it even worst, you are going on a long trip and forget to get the
            car checked out, and then you come crying about how much you’re
            disappointed and how much BMW will regret every valuable tears that
            yours sister shed. I personally apologize for your unfortunate endeavors and to your family, but don’t come blaming BMW for your err.

            your negative comment won’t make any lost nor gain to/for BMW.

            I really don’t think that would be your story about just having your
            sister crying and your family left out in the cold of the knight if it
            was an dreadful accident like what take place in Germany and the US
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrazYiP-NAo, and OOO every personnel on
            board survived it.

            I can go on and on and on, when i speak providing evidence, THIS IS
            WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, not some negligent and reluctant, arrogant
            story. OK. Know go your way in peace.

          • Will Barfels says:

            That’s a truly touching story, a real tear jerk-er….Im sure that even as we speak, Baby Jesus is in fact crying his ass off. But this about sport’s cars not crying little girls. Besides the fact that this happened to a car separated from this one by 15 years….Im guessing that 1. that car was using the gm trans that was made in France (and that pretty much speaks for itself) Something that was corrected on the next model. Im also guessing that you were one of the few morons that followed the prescribed “lifetime free maintenance” Which had the car’s trans failing sometime after 100k. If you had changed it at 50k like everyone else then you wouldn’t have had the problem.

          • Not-any-more BMW fan says:

            You’re all ridiculous assholes since I regularly had the car checked. Anyway, there’s a saying: “If the car leaves you half the way, say goodbye to it and never buy anything of that brand”. That’s what I’m doing now. I’ll go with Mercedes-Benz or Audi, and not the pathetic low-quality bmw.

          • this guy on top sucks says:

            exceptions are always there my rolls royce phantom 2003 broke down after a year. exeptions u ass bmw is the best

        • auaq says:

          Unfortunately, it is or about as fast as the turbo s. Perhaps faster in a straight line.

      • BMWFan says:

        i can bet he’s having a headache right know, that’s what M Power means!

  4. Rolitto says:

    M5 rocks and no other saloon car can compete with.

    BMW M Power

  5. hanscholo says:

    it takes 30 grand more and new technology and this and that you name it just to compete with regular old american muscle. Save yourself the 30 grand and buy a cadillac or a camaro ZL1 for that matter

  6. Bgarrett says:

    Is the M5 experience really driving anymore then?

  7. GTA-V-Nut says:

    I like both of them.

  8. Comm Sec says:

    Currently looking at both. They’re really too close in performance to tell the difference. Price point is a non-issue, the BMW M5 sells higher because of importation fees and taxes. That being said there comes a certain amount of prestige with owning a BMW M-series. All things being equal (and the numbers speak for themselves) I am leaning towards the Cadillac. The aggressive lines and the deep throaty growl is something the BMW falls short on. Don’t get me wrong I love BMW, my first car was my dad’s ’84 328i that I upgraded with just about everything sold in Bavarian Auto Sport catalogue. The CTS-V just presents itself as more aggressive, and I like that.

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