• Jul 30, 2010

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The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe has some serious performance chops. The potent angular coupe is loaded with a blown 6.2-liter V8 capable of 556-horsepower, 15-inch front and 14.7-inch rear Brembo brakes and a Magnetic Ride Control suspension setup. Impressive stats to be sure, but does Cadillac's sleek two-seater have the goods to take on the BMW M3 coupe and Audi RS5?

Both Motor Trend and Car and Driver have obviously been pondering the same question, as the competing buff mags dusted off their camcorders and cut up a pair of comparison videos featuring the three super coupes doing a ménage à trois of the automotive kind.

Make the jump to experience both videos. In the first video, MT goes all-out with its comparison, bringing both Editor-in-Chief Angus McKenzie and the spanking new CTS-V Coupe to Germany to take on the pair of well-established Bavarian competitors. The second video shows the unique C/D approach, with no first, second or third place finishers and not a single word is uttered. C/D just let the hot coupes speak for themselves with beautiful pictures and heavenly exhaust notes.

[Sources: Car and Driver, Motor Trend]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      c&d actually had it m3 in 1st, then cad and audi for the written comparo. personally i think the cadillac would've been more competitive in both tests if it was equipped with a manual gearbox.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NO DRAG RACE ?!?!?!?!




      This is a very hard choice.. the ONLY reason I would choice the caddi is because of its power.... nothing else its ugly in pics and videos too but its hard to ignore 556hp.. the M3 is getting old and looks too close to a base 3 series and the interior is boring too... and I see them everywhere.

      So I guess the Audi is the one I'm driving home. Look wise it stands out and the interior looks upscale where I will spend most of my time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe the drag race was depicted in the second video. The CTS-V walked the other two. I know, it didn't show the start, so, it could be a roll-on but....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sadly I kinda have to agree. All my friends love it, and I want to, but every time I see it all I see is a fat, tall, narrow, unrefined shape. I love the low, long feel of the other cars and the M3 is the nicest looking car BMW makes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the CTS-V Sedan a lot, but the coupe looks ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The CTS-V Coupe looks like a really nice performance car. But it's pretty damn sad when a U.S. Government run car company with their deep pockets can only produce something that's almost as good as the independent German competitors.

      Is this what we can come to expect from the new "Government Motors" ? Close ? Almost ? Maybe some day "As Good" ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn... american cars are sooooo ugly...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A pom testing the cars in Europe, you would think he would pronounce "coupe' " correctly... That "koop" crap is cringeworthy...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh bugger - hes a fellow Australian! Now I really am embarrassed...
      • 4 Years Ago
      saw this a week ago. RS5 all day for me
        • 4 Years Ago
        The front end of the Caddy already looks 5 years old...maybe because they did nothing to it sine the first V's came out? The two Germans look so much better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Audi would be my first choice, but like the MT video says, you can't go wrong with any of the three. They are all three impressive vehicles, and I would be happy to own any one of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RS5 all the way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is really too bad what they did to the rear ean of the CTS coupe, it looks horrible. It's ass is all jacked up and at some kind odd of angle. Anyways I'd take the M3 barely over the RS5. I've just heard way too many good things about it, it just decimates in comparo tests.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The CTS is so ugly and compared to the RS5 it is even uglier.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just wonder when will Ford have something like these cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        word. my god that car is THE perfect DD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't the new 5.0 mustang do comparable times around the track vs an M3?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not until they develop a new performance platform. Something they haven't done in years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the CTS-v, though I wonder what an ATS coupe will look like, and perform. That is the true M3 competitor, when it is made.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a BMW owner, just to get that out of the way.

      But anyways, his reasons for picking the BMW over the Audi seems pretty flimsy to me. "Better driver feel", "more focused", "has an 'M' Button", all feel like taste than anything objective or measurable. I feel BMW is living off reputation than any real edge over Audi. I've driven both, and they both are even, and it comes down to preferences, imho.

      I guess it's like boxing, in an even fight, you give it to the reigning champ. Any contenders will have to clearly knock the chamnp out, even if Audi edges BMW. The problem is, that all three cars, and we can throw in Merc's are so good that there isn't much room for improvement to clearly knock the leader by reputation alone off the perch, which means BMW will always be rated number 1.

      As a BMW owner, I find this fact sad, because as much as I like my car, I'm not a brand whore. And the worse brand whores out there are penis waving BMW fanboys and their HP/L, and "balance" crap. So this is why I root for Caddy's and Audi's, and Merc's. C'mon! Knock the leader out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Driving feel is, of course, subjective but things like 0-60 times and fuel economy are not. I think it speaks volumes that BMW is able to build a car that bests the RS5 in every way - for $20,000 less.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ naturallyshocked:

        Since you obviously can't read, I'll read the price as tested straight out of C&D. Audi RS5 price as tested - $90,000. BMW M3 price as tested - $79,650, with the $9,000 frozen gray paint job.

        I didn't say the BMW should be $20,000 cheaper, which even at $50,000 would still be more expensive than a Passat, I said the Audi should cost less. Audi tried to pull the same stunt with the S4 when they said that they wouldn't sell a a single unit for less than $56,000. They soon realized that they would have a hard time moving them with the M3 starting in that price range and dropped the price by $10,000 overnight.

        And spare us the DOHC argument. If you're going to make the argument, at least present facts and not just a bunch of your opinions.

        "ah i understand .... you inherited the american genetic defect.
        sorry for you ... man"

        American genetic defect, eh? Go back to your Fiat Punto.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Toy Yoda:

        I really have nothing to say about CTS-V and M3 coupe because I never had a privilege to drive them. However, I did drive CTS and 335i. One of them is in my garage. What I can tell you is this: when I drove CTS (twice) for combined 2,200+ miles, going back to Jetta TDI was mostly OK, even welcome (both CTS' had automatic). BUT, when I did 1,600 miles in 335i, boy ... did that Jetta TDI feel bad. For full disclosure, those 1,600 miles were in 335i with manual transmission and in Europe, including some 300 miles on Autobahn.

        Now, after all of that, I just HAD to conclude that CTS and 335i are on different planet. Maybe I should take CTS with a stick for a drive ... but there is already the other one in my garage. Maybe next time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah yeah, not to mention their 'dohc is superior' garbage, etc, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Scorch

        dream on ... man, you don't know anything about marketing.

        20.000us$ would make a BMW cheaper than a vw passat and who is the 'people's car'?

        ah i understand .... you inherited the american genetic defect.
        sorry for you ... man
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the M3. Look forward to the RS5.

      CTS-V Coupe...sorry, I think the hindquarters just look awful. I much prefer the sedan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        in person, its quite the beast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's a matter of taste , Americans like big angular things with a lot of chrome, in Europe people like different things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        cts-v coupe that is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm gonna miss that high revving all-motor note once all the high performance cars have gone forced induction. It breaks my heart a little that the M3 won't be all-motor anymore come the next generation. Been waiting to buy one almost all my life.
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