The BMW M5 has long been the king of super-sedans since its inception in 1985, with the E28 iteration, and has always been the the best blend of speed, comfort, performance and handling. Ever since the E28 M5, other manufacturers have been trying to match the M5, without much success. Most recently, the Dodge Charger Hellcat and Cadillac CTS-V have challenged the M5 for its throne. Road & Track got all three together on some windy, empty desert roads in Utah.
On the gorgeous and scenic roads, all three cars shined for their own reasons. The Hellcat was monstrous on those wide open roads, with its mighty 707 hp. Its wide, flat seats and squishy suspension don’t make it the best car to tackle windy roads, but on the flat straights it’s fantastic. Cruising at triple digit speeds is effortless in the Hellcat, according to R&T, and the 6.2 liter supercharged HEMI makes an incredible sound. But it’s a bit too floaty for the twistier bits of the road and the interior isn’t as good as the others.
The Cadillac CTS-V was excellent in this test, with a fantastic engine, incredible steering and a great suspension that’s both supple enough and firm enough. According to R&T, the CTS-V had the best steering in the test, even better than the M5’s, and it was the sharpest handling car of the three. Its 640 hp 6.2 liter supercharged V8 is a monster and makes it the second fastest car of the bunch, with Hellcat and its ridiculous 707 hp ahead of it. However, the CTS-V did have some issues, mainly in its interior, as the seats weren’t great and the trim is to0 flashy ad glossy. It also is always on edge and isn’t as good of a luxury car as the M5.
In the case of the BMW M5, it was deemed the best of the three. While it wasn’t as sharp as the CTS-V or as powerful as the Hellcat, it’s the perfect blend of both. It’s still incredibly fast and still handles fantastically. It also has the best seats for hard driving, the best interior and is the best all around car. It’s more luxurious than both of the others, it’s sportier and better to drive than the Hellcat and it has a much better interior than the CTS-V. So while the Caddy might be just a touch sharper, the BMW M5 is better in every other respect, so it’s the best car in the test.
While the Cadillac CTS-V and Dodge Charger Hellcat are great cars and do a lot of things really well, the BMW M5 is still the best. It’s clear that BMW has learned how to do super sedans better than everyone else after decades of doing it. Experience beats talent in this case and the experience BMW M5 is the best car here.