The New Cadillac CTS-V takes on the BMW M5

News | December 23rd, 2014 by 20
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Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V hits 200 mph with a 640-hp V8 yanked from a Corvette Z06 Since the BMW M5’s introduction, it has always been the …

Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V hits 200 mph with a 640-hp V8 yanked from a Corvette Z06

Since the BMW M5’s introduction, it has always been the go-to car for people who want a big comfortable sedan, but also want enough horsepower to send said sedan into orbit. Mercedes and Audi then decided to join the party with their own versions in the E-Class AMG and S6/RS6, respectively. While the big Benz and Audi were good, great even, they never had that secret sauce the M5 had. But I’d argue that the company to get closest to BMW’s secret recipe is Cadillac and its monstrous CTS-V. Argue, if you’d like, that the CTS-V isn’t as refined or well-rounded as the M5, but try and deny the fact that the CTS-V is a serious speed machine and you’ll find yourself in that corner alone. The CTS-V is for real. Admittedly, the first-gen was a bit crap, but the second-gen was an absolute monster. And now there’s a third-gen, and BMW should be nervous, because this could be a mammoth, American right hook to the M5’s jaw.

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Packing the new Corvette Z06’s supercharged, 6.2 liter, LT4 V8, the new CTS-V has 640 horsepower at its disposal as well as a tidal wave of torque – 630 lb-ft of it. All of this fury is driven to the rear-wheels through GM’s own eight-speed automatic. Now, while the car isn’t exactly lightweight at 4150 pounds, GM claims it will still hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3.7 seconds. Considering that the lighter Z06 with the same powertrain did it in 3.4 seconds, I’d say 3.7 is probably accurate. The M5 can hit sixty in about the same time, however, so it should be interesting to see which is faster in the real world.

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With the latest generation CTS-V, comes the latest generation of their Magnetic Ride Control, which is nothing short of fantastic. Complementing the great suspension are six-piston Brembo brake calipers up front, four-pots in the rear, clamping down on two-piece 14.4 inch steel calipers (the largest steel discs Brembo make). Adding to all of that suspension gubbins, Cadillac put tons off cool, carbon fiber aero-bits to keep the CTS-V firmly planted on its massive Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. All of this means that the CTS-V should be a proper track-monster. If the CTS Vsport is a good reference point to what the CTS-V might feel like, tickle me excited.

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While BMW has no doubt been working on a new M5, this current one should be shaking in its lederhosen at the sight of the new CTS-V. The last V was arguably better than the E60 M5, depending on who you asked, so Cadillac knows how to make a good super sedan, which is surprising considering they must deal with the ultra-frugal bean counters at GM. Hopefully this new CTS-V is as good as GM is saying it is, this way BMW is forced to make the M5 even better. BMW’s become a bit complacent with its M cars lately, from being at the top for so long, so let’s hope that this new CTS-V is good enough to bring out the absolute best of the M engineers. Competition breeds excellence, and I’m excited for this upcoming battle.

Nico DeMattia also writes at TheEngineBay

20 responses to “The New Cadillac CTS-V takes on the BMW M5”

  1. CDspeed says:

    It’s pretty easy for any manufacturer to challenge a car that’s been out for a few years with something completely new. And it’s even easier when you can raid the parts bin from a high performance sports car. The engine in the M5 was developed to be in larger M cars, it wasn’t “yanked” out of something else.

    • Ricky Calo says:

      FYI the engine from the M5 is a modified version of the N63 which powes the 50i models. So technically it’s from the parts bin too. The days of M models having their own unique engine ended with the E90/92 M3. Bottom line is BMW need to get their heads out of their asses and make drivers cars once again.

      • CDspeed says:

        It’s still a BMW engine in a BMW. It’s not from a different brand, and like I said “parts bin from a high performance sports car”, it’s not like BMW bought a supply of Ferrari engines and then just slapped them into their sports sedans.

        • DROCK says:

          Ummm the corvette and cts-v are from the same brand. They are both GM and GM developed.

          • CDspeed says:

            GM is an automotive group, and the engine started life in a Chevrolet, and is later used in a Cadillac. Cadillac and Chevrolet are two brands, one being luxury, the other is economy.

          • Brooks2000 says:

            BMW is an automotive group as well!

          • Mintas Lanxor says:

            Seems to me you need to get your head out of your sophistry group’s ass.

  2. Dereklsj says:

    The M5 is a much classier car, even if the performance is just a few ticks slower in a straight line. I’d be willing to bet it would be a much more pleasant car to take on a long road trip too. Until a person has driven an M5, they shouldn’t judge to harshly, especially if you have to compare a car model that’s a few years older.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Would be interesting to see how the two compare to each other on the road. The CTS-V is a newer car so might have a slight advantage in technology

    • DROCK says:

      You don’t get a M5 or CTS-V for long road trips. The comparison for these is on the track because that is what they are designed for. In a track test you are comparing 1/4 mile times, braking, lateral, handling etc etc. The M5 was the gold standard but I think the new CTS-V takes this one in a track comparison.

      • Dereklsj says:

        I disagree here. These could be classified as GT cars/Grand Touring units, and built for long runs on the road and arriving at your destination comfortably and not feeling beat up or tired. These cars have long legs and comfortable interiors. These are not “track cars” per Se, like the Corvette, Porsches, or Ferrari’s, etc. although they do well on the track compared to cars in this class 15 years ago. I’ve driven the new CTS-V, the M5 and the new Corvette, to name a few. The Corvette and the like will leave you feeling like you’re glad to be at your destination; a little tired and sore. The M5 and CTS-V do not. If you prefer a softer ride for long trips, I understand, but I hate the lack of a “connection” with the road. Cheers.

    • Brooks2000 says:

      We shall see. 😊

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  5. Eric Valder says:

    Just test drove the new 535i after driving the new CTS. There was no comparison. The BMW outclassed the Cadillac in every single area. I’m a diehard American car lover that just got converted to BMW. As already stated it’s very easy for a brand new car (CTS-V) to attack a model a few years old and win. It really doesn’t matter if the CTS is quicker to 60 unless you’re just looking for bragging rights. The feel of the BMW vs the Caddy must be akin to comparing creme brulee to vanilla pudding. They both fit in the definition of dessert, but one does the job much better than the other.

    • Brooks2000 says:

      That argument is moot as new versions of cars come out all the time. Someone is always going to have the newer vehicle. We will have to see what BMW, MERCEDES and AUDI do with their next generations. For now Cadillac has bragging rights.

    • Mintas Lanxor says:

      I was a diehard BMW fan until I drove the 2016 CTS-V. When will people realize that there is no objective standard for measuring a car’s effect on each and every individual? When stereo speakers were in fashion, I listened to a pair that cost $5000.00 and didn’t like it. Conversely, a pair of Bose speakers that went for $1,200.00 hit the sweet spot for me. It’s pointless trying to win an argument about something as subjective as car (food, wine, women) likes or dislikes.

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