556 Horsepower, Beastly 0-60 Acceleration of 3.9 Seconds, 191 mph Top Speed, All In A… WTF… A Cadillac?

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Ah yes. Luxurious performance sedans. The cars for those who want power mixed with luxury, and got the dough to get it.

These include the haloed brands of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, and soon to come…Cadillac.

The above names are almost legend among performance sedan aficionados, well, the first two are. BMWs “M” series and Merc’s AMG have been hot-blooded contestants ever since their conception. Audi has their RS 4. Lexus made their debut into this category with their “F” series, but BMW and Mercedes have pretty much got this segment bagged. Then along comes Cadillac to wreck the party.

Now, Cadillac has never done well in the performance sedan category, and the first generation CTS-V pretty much failed against the likes of BMW and Mercedes. But from what I see about the new CTS-V, I think that this time, they’re actually gonna do quite well. Not only does the CTS-V look a lot better this time around, but it also is the fastest and most powerful sedan to ever come from an American manufacturer, and check this out: it just may be the fastest sedan in history.

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The CTS-V is basically just a beastlier, more aggressive looking version of the highly praised CTS sedan. Crouched in attack mode under the hood is a 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 beast based on the insane engine from the Corvette ZR1. It produces a monster 556 raging stallions and 551 lb-ft. of torque. That’s CRAZY! Add that on to a stupendous 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph, and you have yourself one mind-blowing Cadillac.

Take a look at the competition. Cadillac is obviously targeting the M3, though it can eat the M5 for lunch as well. As one blogger on motortrend.com put it, “I laughing at the $90k M5 right now and just crossed the GT-R off my list.” From the Mercedes lineup Cadillac has its sights set on the C63 AMG, and maybe even the E63 AMG. From Lexus comes the IS-F, and Audi offers the RS 4. All are great performance machines, and BMW and Mercedes have proved themselves time and time again. But do they match up to the insane CTS-V?

Comparison Chart:
(Format is Price/ Horsepower/Torque/ 0-60 mph)

M3: $57,000/ 414/ 295 lb-ft./ 4.3 seconds
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C63 AMG: $56,000/ 451/ 443 lb-ft./ 4.1 seconds
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RS 4: $67,000/ 420/ 317 lb-ft./ 4.4 seconds
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IS-F: $57,000/ 416/ 371 lb-ft./ 4.2 seconds
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CTS-V: $60,000/ 556/ 551 lb-ft./ 3.9 seconds

As you can see, the competition is impressive, but on paper, it just doesn’t match up to the CTS-V’s. Paper is paper though, and statistics are merely numbers. Which is why we have to see how it measures up to its rivals on the track.

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One thing that got CTS-V fans really excited was the recent Nürburgring time. For those who are unfamiliar with the famed track, the magic time is 8 min. This is the time that all performance cars aim to beat, but very few actually accomplish that. Breaking the 8 minute mark has so far been mostly the domain of exotics. The BMW M3 got 8:15, which is considered to be a great lap time. For comparison, the Corvette Z06 gets a lap time of 7:43. The Cadillac CTS-V recently got a lap time of 7:59:32, breaking the 8 minute barrier by a hair. This is an unprecedented speed, and is the fastest sedan lap time in history. Which just about makes the CTS-V the fastest sedan in history as well.

So watch out everybody, ’cause there’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s got big guns. 556 horsepower guns, to be exact.


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