There was a time when if you wanted to quickly explain that something was the ultimate, all you had to do was say "It's the Cadillac of. . ." People haven't used Cadillac in that sense for a while, but with the recent confirmation of an S-Class rival in the works and now the new CTS-V being aimed at the M5, you can't accuse Caddy of not trying to reclaim its former glory.

The CTS-V is not due until the fall of 2008, with rumors suggesting around 25% more horsepower than the current model. Bob Lutz will only say the power is "unexpectedly high", but no one is saying yet from which engine those 500 or so horses will spring. The current CTS-V, which retails at $53,470 and runs the Corvette's 400-hp V8, is pitched at Audi's S4 and RS4. With an $82,000 competitor in its sights, the CTS-V will probably be expected to bring 25% more of everything. Car and Driver has the shots and video, Bob Lutz has the quote, both of which are a clear warning to certain Bavarians that unless their 5-Series rocketsled gets a lot better, the "flat-out incredible" CTS-V will "suck the doors off" its foe, end quote.

[Source: Car and Driver]