The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has arrived, and early reviews suggest that it might be America’s long-awaited answer to the BMW M5.
For years, Cadillac has been known as a rather sedate automaker, but cars like the CTS-V have helped change that perception a bit. Still, one has to wonder whether it has what it takes to topple BMW’s M5, a car that’s long been considered the leader in its luxury performance sedan segment. The CTS-V, fortunately, comes with a powerful engine under the hood, a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 rated at 640 horsepower and 630 lb/ft. torque. If those figures look familiar, that’s the same engine that powers the Corvette Z06.
Despite having a substantially larger frame than the ‘Vette, the new CTS-V has been tested at a 0-60 mph speed of 3.6 seconds. The BMW M5, by comparison, rocks a 600-horsepower engine and is capable of a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds. Quarter-mile times are at 11.6 seconds for the CTS-V and top speed in excess of 200 mph, impressive indeed for a luxury sedan. It does help that the car comes with six-piston Brembo brakes in front and four-piston Brembos in the rear, plus Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and Cadillac’s own Magnetic Ride Control shocks. Riding feel and handling has been described as excellent for a “super sedan.”
Magnetic Ride Control does appear to be one of the new CTS-V’s top selling points. But that’s just scratching the surface as far as those early tests go. The sedan has four driving modes, namely Snow, Touring, Sport, and Race, all coming with distinct settings for the shocks, transmission, throttle, and traction control. There are, however, some drawbacks to the new Cadillac CTS-V. For one, its CUE infotainment system remains unimpressive and difficult to use for so many, while the BMW M5’s interior still has a huge edge over that of the CTS-V.
If those initial tests are any indication, the Cadillac CTS-V just might have trumped the M5 in a category it has reigned supreme in for a while, but since BMW and Mercedes have their own new challengers in store, we’ll have to wait and see about that. Base pricing on a new CTS-V is set at $84,990.