• Oct 14, 2009
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May the best car win. So says General Motors' Bob Lutz, and he's willing to put his Pilotis where his mouth is... so to speak. On a conference call last month, Maximum Bob challenged any journalist to a duel with the Cadillac CTS-V, and, not surprisingly, the mantle was picked up right quick by the boys at Jalopnik.

Rules? Sorta. Any stock production four-door sedan is reportedly eligible to go up against the Big V, and the drivers will be lining up against the clock on October 29 at the Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, N.Y. While Jalop's Wes Siler was originally slated to go up against Lutz in a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, that car has since been switched out in favor of the Jaguar XFR (earning the ire of TTAC in the process).

Here's the best part: Anyone who happens to own a new comparable sport sedan, such as a BMW M3 or M5, perhaps a Mercedes-Benz AMG sedan or the Audi S4 (not to mention the Mitsubishi Evolution), is welcome to submit themselves for consideration to take part in the festivities in New York. We're not sure how the participants will be selected or exactly what the racing will entail, but if you're interested in throwing your hat into the ring, click here. For what it's worth, we've driven the CTS-V around Monticello, and we figure the smart money is on the Daddy Caddy.



[Source: CTS-V Challenge]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I just want this video taped and shown on the air be it Speed or on the internet! Great PR by GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would love to see the Stig take up this challenge. He is a also a journalist since he is a sub-host on Top Gear.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In what, the Lacetti???
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is not all about horsepower.
      Its about torque.
      How much and when.
      I believe it was a challenge to all comers....not just those with rediculous horsepower numbers.
      I believe, without digging up the video, the challenge that had the MKS running a close second was also full of rediculous horsepower numbers.
      It was an open challenge and one I would take...if I was Ford and needed some press.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In the few one-on-ones with the new CTS-V, I believe it was a dead heat with the M5 and handily outran the Jag, Audi, and M-B. Again, I still believe that lap times are nice but cars at this level are SO FAR beyond their owners, that absolute performance numbers end up taking a back seat to other more real-world issues like comfort, pricing, styling, etc.
        Personally, I like the Jag.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How much torque and when? What do you think horsepower is? It's just a calculated number from torque at an engine speed.

        And the reason why the MKS did well in that comparison wasn't just because of "torque". It had all to do with the power loss of naturally aspirated engines vs. turbocharged engines.

        It's comments like these that make me have zero faith in the car enthusiast community anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The more powerful car, isn't always the victor. Look at the Nissan GT-R for a perfect example. The Pontiac might have a decent chance in certain venues. For that matter, it's even "possible" that an EcoBoost-powered Ford sedan "could" surprise everyone but I doubt it. The Gen 2 CTS-V IS a formidable foe. My guess is Mr. Lutz will make sure the venue exploits the CTS-V's virtues as much as possible.
      Oh, and BTW, Cmicasa the GREAT, from what I've been reading, SCCA and drags are being dominated by the Mustang, thank-you.
      Lar7789789
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yea but is this a clever marketing stunt? I mean part of this is advertising right? This is what the "new" GM has to resort to to hype its cars?

      Wow, My Grandfather who always owned and loved Cadillacs since the 50's would find it outright crazy that they are putting in a big inch 6.2 liter engine with a supercharger no less into the Luxury cars of the world.

      Wow, how have times changed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Lar7789789
        "This is what the "new" GM has to resort to to hype its cars?"

        What's wrong with them saying "We've got the best car, bring what you got and give us your best shot" - and saying it to anyone who wants to take a shot?

        While it's a little unheard of, I like the above board, publicly accessible, real world, take all comers gamesmanship. They aren't hiding in a golden tower somewhere and fighting competitors with gimmicky billboard ads - they are out on the tarmac with actual production product in hands-on head to head competition, for all the world to see.

        What's wrong with that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Lar7789789
        Cubes aren't everything.

        You know, my 1970s Ford Country Squire station wagon (with the wood paneling, no less) had a 400 cid engine...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Lar7789789
        6.2L is only 378cid. From 1959 to 1979 ALL Cadillacs had engines larger than that, topping out at 500cid / 8.2L. Even in those days Cadillacs were never slow cars if the driver had the desire.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a fan of Lutz, but I hope he kicks TTAC's butt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We can only hope that Wes'll kick that septuagenarian's ass all over the track. (yes' i'm one of the Jalopnik proletariat)
      • 5 Years Ago
      TTAC is garbage for snobs, and Farago deserved to get the boot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares if the CTS-V can beat any car its POS and always will be just like every other American car and dealer. Our American car companies have there head up their butts if they think beating someone on a track is going to make customers buy a second grade car. I mean even market research shows most people who buy American cars don't even have a college diploma so how can their market even afford this. I drive the ultimate driving experience and I always will, I will drive German for my entire life. No matter if I go to BMW, Audi, or Mercedes I'm treated like a loyal customer and at least with my own experience with BMW I have had my car for 4 years and have yet to pay a dime for anything that has been done to my car no matter what it was no questions asked. Germany and its car companies are just in another league and always will be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see it against an AMG 63. They could call it the battle of the bulge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best Cadillac since 1959
        • 5 Years Ago
        The world already knows the CTS-V is quicker around a track than M3, M5, AMG C, AMG E, RS4, RS6, Lexus F......etc.
        Shouldn't GM work on changing customer perception on other large volume products?
        Because, I don't think GM can make/sell enough CTS-Vs to save them.
        I do understand the halo effect of one great product, but stil...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Head-turning design, Dave.. Head-turning design. :) Back then, Cadillac's were considered the Standard of the World. They were the biggest, most luxurious, powerful luxury cars you could buy - without spending crazy amounts of money on a Rolls Royce...

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.cadillacforums.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should make this an annual event.
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