SEE CTS-V TAKE ON M5 AND C63:
Once you get your hands on a supercharged 556-horsepower 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, you know that you need a 500-hp 2008 BMW M5 with which to measure it. It's a matter of practical science.
Of course, there's a sizable price difference between the $59,995 CTS-V and the $86,675 M5, and we don't want to get our comparison results skewed by mere money. Maybe we should add the 507-hp 2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to our science project. Trouble is, this Merc's $86,875 price tag still doesn't put the CTS-V under any pressure.
We had a better idea. We opted for the more nimble 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. This compact sedan cranks out only 451 hp, but it weighs almost 400 pounds less than the E63, and its base price of $58,075 rings up about $2,000 cheaper than the CTS-V.
Is the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V a true benchmark in the super sedan category? Measured against the pure performance of the 2008 BMW M5 and the value of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, we knew the truth would come out.
2008 BMW M5 Track Video
SEE IF THE M5 BEATS THE CADILLAC CTS-V:
Once you get your hands on a supercharged 556-horsepower 2009 Cadillac
CTS-V, you know that you need a 500-hp 2008 BMW M5 with which to measure
it. It's a matter of practical science.
Of course, there's a sizable price difference between the $59,995 CTS-V and
the $86,675 M5, and we don't want to get our comparison results skewed by
mere money. Maybe we should add the 507-hp 2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to
our science project. Trouble is, this Merc's $86,875 price tag still
doesn't put the CTS-V under any pressure.
We had a better idea. We opted for the more nimble 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63
AMG. This compact sedan cranks out only 451 hp, but it weighs almost 400
pounds less than the E63, and its base price of $58,075 rings up about
$2,000 cheaper than the CTS-V.
Is the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V a true benchmark in the super sedan category?
Measured against the pure performance of the 2008 BMW M5 and the value of
the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, we knew the truth would come out.
BMW M5 Killer? 2009 Cadillac CTS-V Exclusive
My legs feel somewhat like they did the first time I took Percocet.
This is to say they feel like two 32-inch-long rubber bands — sweaty
ones. My head inside the helmet feels thick and swollen like an
overinflated football. And it's taking me so long to unfasten my helmet
strap that I surely must be wearing winter gloves. I expected to be able to
casually whip the helmet off between the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V that's just
discombobulated my combobutates and the group of GM execs standing about 30
Awkwardly, I arrive still fumbling, sweating and disoriented. So much for
the cool nonchalance I've been striving so hard to cultivate for these many
Oh, also I'm nauseated. This is what happens once you've spent a couple
laps in the passenger seat of the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V while being hurled
around the test track at GM's proving ground in Milford, Michigan.
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR
FIND OUT WHO WINDS, ZO6 OR GT500KR:
Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 @ the Track:
Camaro Fights Mustang and Challenger:
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
2LT V6 Full Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziISB6n_5do
Ford Shelby GT500 v Hennessey Camaro:
Hennessey HPE550 Supercharged Chevy Camaro SS:
We're looking at the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR and 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
Z06, but we're imagining a '68 Shelby GT500KR staging next to a Corvette
with one of the 427-cubic-inch V8s on the Connecting Highway in Queens, New
York, probably sometime during the Nixon administration. We don't know how
the cars are tuned or which driver has the better hole-shot technique, but
we're calling our street race in favor of the Vette.
You see, there's no historical basis for a close Corvette-Mustang rivalry. A Corvette of any
year is a little too fast and smart to be street racing ratty muscle cars.
It's a real sports car, the kind of car that's still fun when you start
going around corners.
But maybe it's a different story with this 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR and
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Each of these rear-wheel-drive coupes has a V8
rated for more than 500 horsepower at the flywheel.
And with the release of the limited-edition 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, Ford
has moved in on Chevrolet's price territory. The GT500KR leaves the Ford
factory as a $46,730 GT500 coupe and is shipped as a rolling chassis to
Carroll Shelby's facility near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. By
the time the KR cruises out of Shelby's shop, it's an $82,395 Mustang.
As such, the King-of-the-Road Mustang must now contend with this
$76,920 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. And though the Z06 is a few horsepower shy of the
upcoming ZR1, it's not an easy mark. The GT500KR will have to play like a
sports car just to keep up.
Cadillac CTS-V vs BMW M5 Drag Race
We pit our favorite super sedan from Munich, the BMW M5, against Motowns
all-new CTS-V. Its off to the drag strip to see how these two monster
sedans compare in the real world.
Where Eagles Dare: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe vs Audi RS 5 vs BMW
We parachute Cadillac's new CTS-V Coupe deep into German territory to
battle it out with two of Germany's finest performance coupes, the Audi RS
5 and BMW M3.
Read the full story here:
Shot by: Duane Sempson
Edited by: Duane Sempson
700+ hp 2009 Cadillac CTS-V 6-speed Fly By - Part 1
Part 1 - 2009 Cadillac CTS-V with 700+ hp Hennessey V700 upgrade fly-by
video. V700 upgrade Includes Corsa Exhaust, American Racing Headers, Hennessey 13
psi pulley upgrade, ecu upgrade, heads & cam
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Cadillac CTS-V vs Jag XFR - Drag Race
In a recent comparison, Cadillac's all-new 556 horsepower CTS-V sedan
dominated the BMW M5 in a drag race battle. But there's a new competitor in
the super sedan segment - Jaguar's 510 horsepower XFR. Can it take
the crown away from Cadillac's CTS-V?
2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport: Boosting Ahead of the Germans in Their Own Game! - Ignition Ep. 90
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago returns to the Hyundai Proving
Grounds to try out Cadillac's new, twin-turbo CTS Vsport, which might be one of the
automaker's best products yet. With a low curb weight and a Boosted 3.6-liter V-6 producing around 420 hp
and 430 lb-ft of torque, will this Cadillac send the German engineers back
to the drawing board? Stay tuned to find out.
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