The race to the top of the Sports Sedan mountain is always between the BMW M5, the Mercedes E63 AMG, and the Cadillac CTS-V. And with each new generation, Cadillac seems to be upping the scale a bit more in hopes of completely dethroning the current German sports sedans and to be crowned the king once and for all. Now, we do remember that the previous generation Cadillac CTS-V was the fastest production sedan, and to prove it – Cadillac took to the Nürburgring Nordschleife with stock tires and lapped the German circuit in 7:59.32 which was the fastest sedan lap time in 2009 until the Porsche Panamera Turbo S came through with a 7:56 in July “2009”.
There is no question in my mind that the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is as good if not better than the German counterparts and for good reason. The American sedan has a better more comfortable ride (will be explained further down the article), is faster than both, and looks better.
You are probably so eager to find out performance figures, so I’ll skip the hubba-dubba and let you in on the stats earlier this time; The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V rockets from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and all the way to the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at a trap speed of 126 mph. The figure-8 can be done in a measly 24.2 seconds which is faster than both the 2015 BMW M5 Competition package and the AWD 2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG. If you haven’t heard earlier when we reviewed the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V here is a quick snippet – The 2016 BMW M5 puts out 575hp and the 2016 Mercedes E63 AMG puts out 577 both of which are direct competitors to the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V which has 640hp and 630 lb-ft of torque pumped out of its supercharged 6.2 Liter LT4 V8 unit which also makes it stronger than the Ferrari 458 Speciale and the new Lamborghini Huracán, hell it even packs more farting-unicorns than Pigani Zonda’s S and F models with a 7.0L and a 7.3L AMG engine that puts out 540hp and 594 respectively, both of which accelerate around the sub 3 second range.
Now if that doesn’t shut you up, I don’t know what will – Point is, stop saying that the Cadillac CTS-V doesn’t match or belong with the Germans because as far as I’m concerned it puts them to shame (and I drive a German car, so I’m not being biased here..) But like everything else, it never is just about numbers is it. How does the American Cadillac handle? It clings to the skid pad with a 1.01g of lateral acceleration – To put things into perspective, the 2013 Nissan GT-R has a lateral acceleration of 1.01g, which makes this 4,108 lbs / 1863 kg sedan at the same exact level as an AWD super Godzilla of a car.
The supercharged LT4 6.2 Liter V8 in the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V was taken directly from the new 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and it delivers a very respectable 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque, all of which can be accessible to each of the rear wheels routed through an 8 speed Automatic transmission. Top speed is Aero limited to 200+ , we wish you the best of luck if you are going to attempt to drive this baby slow.
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V isn’t just a meaner version than the standard CTS, it packs an array of improvements to the body, the chassis, the engine, the suspension and more.. The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V gets a unique aluminum undercarriage sheer panel and more fortification with a multitude of extra braces. A three mode dual coil Magnetic Ride Control that is paired to a MacPherson-type struts and multi-link rear suspension which makes for a super-fast/luxurious comfortable ride that benefits from adaptive damping – sort of like the chicken ad Mercedes-Benz did a while back. If you aren’t convinced with the CTS-V more pronounced ride comfort, we urge you to try both the German sedans and the CTS-V and reassess before you purchase!
Six piston caliper Brembo brakes to stop the vented disks upfront while the rear gets a 4 piston caliper brakes, but the big deal is the bespoke Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that wrap all four wheels, which were made to compliment the heavy sedans insane cornering skills. All of the above shows us that Cadillac is not slacking off, and the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is here to dig some German graves after it munches on some Japanese dinner.