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Cadillac CTS-V Coupe versus Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – Click above to view the video after the jump

Nearly every major media outlet has pitted the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe against the best and brightest from the high-powered sports coupe segment, and thus far, the results have been predictable. Motor Trend brought the supercharged Caddy coupe to Germany for a full-scale battle against the BMW M3 and Audi RS5, while Car & Driver brought the three sleds together for a entertaining track tango with ear-bleeding audio.

Road & Track have taken another tack with CTS-V Coupe, opting for an all-American drag-race of the 556-horsepower Cadillac against the 550-horsepower 2011 Shelby GT500 Mustang. The GT500 and the CTS-V Coupe are made within 100 miles of one another in southeast Michigan and two vehicles are within .3 inches of one another in overall length. The CTS-V Coupe has 41 more pound-feet of torque, while the Mustang is lighter. But which vehicle posts a better 0-60 time? How about the fastest quarter mile? Hit the jump to find out.




[Source: Road & Track]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but that was about the shizziest video I've ever seen. One drag race and some revving? That's the video? How about some track attacks and other instrumented testing? How about some commentary on driving dynamics? And how about a driver in the Mustang that doesn't look like he just got done teaching a high school chemistry class? Stop wasting my time R&T. Might as well post "CTS-V Coupe beats Mustang GT500 in single drag race" and forget the video completely.

      /Rant. This isn't sour grapes. The CTS-V is an amazing car, I'm just pissed that the Mustang is showing slower than a standard GT with that lurp of a driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those cars are much closer in specs than we might realize. Very good race.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I also commented, between the tyres, wheelbase, weight (the Shelby is slightly lighter), track and HP these are very very closely matched. Infact I suspect if we had the CTS-V manual the cars the only difference in the quarter and 0-60 would be on the driver. Which one you buy (or drool after) really depends on the feel from the steering , looks and brand loyalty (for those who care!). The fit and finish of both are nice, I was quite surprised when I entered the 2011 GT500, the aluminum dash trim, leather, amazing grippy leather-suede (or alacantra) seats and steering were just hot! The CTS-V has had a great interior since this generation as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM kicks ass !!! Wit until the Z28 come, you mustang girlies, i mean groupies better enjoy your 5.0 now. Chevy will not allow you any more slack, they will dominate !! I mean this luxury car put an ass whippin on the "super stang", that really funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hahaha love the nerdy look while driving such mean machines!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Notice how smooth the ride of the CTS is...

      The CTS does 90mph in a heartbeat and feels unaturally smooth because of the magneride suspension (magnetorhelogical shocks)

      Even over 100, the interior is very quiet and calm. Its remarkable.

      Unfortunately, you can't get magneride on the 300HP CTS coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This test proves nothing more than a $62k Cadillac can beat a $49k Mustang Shelby GT500. Bring on the $49k CTS Coupe and pit it against the same dollar amount Mustang and then let's see something.

      This isn't news. This is propaganda for the Government Motors Company.

      And I don't care if Government Motors Company succeeds. They lost any sense of American pride when they gave up, screwed their share and stockholders and customers and creditors. A true American icon would have pulled their own collective ass out of the ditch and one did.....

      Ford Motor Company.

      GMC can shove it. They deserve contempt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Grow up and run what you brung.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For one, you obviously have no concept of either car nor their capabilities.
        Agreed, this is propaganda. That's how you sell cars, dummy.
        I've been buying and trading shares in GM since 1972 and made a hundred fold more over the years that I lost in the collapse. Those, including myself that had shares in GM lost far less money that those who bought TM at 91 a share and bailed when they hit 70. It's a gamble WE take and we don'nt need you as our spokesperson nor do we need you to whine and cry on our behalf. When you buy stocks you win and sometimes you lose even on something you might think is a sure money maker. If you are'nt prepared to lose, you never should get in in the first place.
        And lets not forget that Ford is mortgaged to the eyebrows.
        Call it Government Motors all you want. If the bunch of losers in this administration had the control over GM that you try to spin, there would'nt be a V series, nor any suv' or pickups.
        Would a true Japanese icon refuse all the subsidies and grants given them by not only their home country and not begged the US and states for super deals just to build and sell here? Every Japanese auto maker that builds here have recieved enormous tax breaks to the tune of Billions of US dollars that the taxpayers got screwed out of. How come you never bitch about that?

        You deserve contempt.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Poor laser... Salty much?
        • 4 Years Ago
        someone has some Butthurt




        psssssp! your fanboi is showing
      • 4 Years Ago
      way to go GM!
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL @ "Thundercharged"

        And yes, both of these weapons of mass destruction are FTW.

        And yes, the trolls are full of fail around here.
        • 4 Years Ago

        @italy430

        pretty sure they didn't have the Magnetic ride suspension set to sport in the V. Plus, the magnetic ride suspension used in the V and other GM cars is now found in the 599 so I guess Italy has terrible suspensions as well.

        I would agree the M3 is more of a driver's car but the CTS-V is a slightly different approach to the same thing (but it doesn't handle poorly, just slightly less connected). For Example: the ZR1, Audi R8, and V8 Vantage. All are performance cars in a similar price bracket, but all are very different with different end goals in mind. Just pointing out that people need to stop bashing cars and consider/understand that each car (car company) approaches things with slightly different goals. You can start by just looking at a standard 3 and a standard CTS. Generally I wouldn't consider them to appeal to the same demographic (of course there is overlap). It's all about niche markets these days because of the high saturation. If you do not like a car because you like another respectfully provide your argument and people shouldn't lash out at you. (not that I am not guilty of this at times haha)

        I respect that you enjoy the M3 but don't make a blanket statement that all American cars have terrible suspensions and that we are all euro haters. I am a Z06 fan (which handles very well I might add), but my favorite car company is Audi...oh my lord! Can someone actually like two cars NOT based on geographical location!?!?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @italy430

        You idiot, if u raced the M3, GT500, and CTS-V all of them would win an equal amount of times,its a drivers race.

        And yeah American suspensions are so lame! They get the same g's on the skip pad as German suspensions, its horrible.



        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed - As much as I love the European cars, I'm extremely proud of the fact that U.S. automakers are delivering so much performance value.

        Italy430 - anytime you point out the 'multitude of cars you've owned' it's directly proportional to the 'multitude of schizophrenic' personalities you possess. You troll lol after yourself and XD at your own comments? Don't get me started on your 2nd grade grammar/spelling/punctuation. Go back to ebaumsworld.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Epix

        Well, my turbo-super-thundercharged Porsche Cayenne has whale e-peen leather, so I automatically win teh internetz.

        In related (to the blog post) news though, can't we all agree that BOTH the V and the Shelby are FTW?
        • 4 Years Ago
        your ignorance is impressive Cougs! everyone has a "writing style" whether you like it or not.

        i'm sorry, but if you judge your self worth and personal communication style by how many stars you get, then you have more problems than i thought. just so you know, if my first comment was on a post with the M3 being victorious or on a BMW blog, i would have gotten full stars. it's only because the CTS fan base is camping out on this post that i couldn't even muster up a half star... ohh poor me, im gonna be emo now! i could care less about what you or anyone else on this site thinks about me. i was merely stating my opinion then i get "attacked" by flashpoint and he calls me an idiot! well, things just went from there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess that Caddy's got enough motor under the hood, after all...

        But he couldn't offer the 'stang driver some Grey Poupon at the end?
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM seriously kicked butt with the CTS-V - both the sedan and the coupe. Imagine a mid-size luxury coupe/sedan being faster than a GT500... It's extremely impressive to me. When driving a CTS-V, the only cars you really have to worry about being faster than you are a Z06 and GT-R. Other than that, you're looking at a LOT of money - Ferrari and Lamborghini territory - and you'll rarely ever see anything like that anyway...

        Sal Collaziano
        CadillacOwners.com - The Cadillac Owners Group
        • 4 Years Ago
        I honestly don't care who does better: Chrysler, Ford or GM... These are American companies and I want them ALL TO SUCCEED. I want to see AMERICAN'S getting jobs from these companies.

        I just got through pushing a CTSV up to and past 100 mph. This is a Goddamn fine car and I'd buy one if I wanted a small sports car. Right now, I'm pressing my mom into buying an SRX Turbo as a retirement car.

        http://www.epinions.com/content_519962726020

        Be sure to look at my Youtube video of my CTS Drive. I LOVE THIS CAR.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvRzVaSO7s
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chalk one up for pushrods.
        • 4 Years Ago
        italy430,

        I drive a Bugatti Veyron and a golf cart simultaneously, while steering a shark with laser beams on its head. So obviously, my e-peen is bigger than yours.
        • 4 Years Ago
        italy430

        My "partner in crime" was THE DEALER who was trying to sell my mom an SRX and sell me a CTS-V

        TRASH THE GERMANS?

        YOU IDIOT... I OWN AN S-class 550.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Italy430, what is the purpose of pointing out the value of one's car?
        I drive 2 merkurs worth half the cost of the computer I type on and a GTO that'll stomp both the article's cars but isn't worth squat, do I not have as much as a right as anyone else to post here? I realize that driving a veyron ss might make you think that you have more of a right to bash the cts-v, but I assure you that front bumper clip attached to your mom's civic does not make it a Bugatti.
        Besides, wouldn't someone who has driven "from civics to v8 vantages" know full well that the "lame suspension" on the cts-v uses the magnetic dampers that Ferrari licenses from GM to use on their cars as well...I assume because of how "lame" it is.
        I will not fault you for praising the m3 though, great car, just a different kind of car than these.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh I was lazy!... are you really critiquing my writing style on the internet?! have u been around on here before? if i hand you a written report feel free to rip apart any grammar or punctuation errors i make.

        @Reuben... I have no idea where you got your information about GM giving Ferrari permission to use the MagneRide suspension.... it's not GM's product to give. it's created by a huge global supplier for cars, Delphi, and is sold to GM, Audi, Ferrari and a few others. just because GM gets the same part as Ferrari, doesn't mean that it will be like a Ferrari. that's the whole point of engineers from manufacturers! the MagneRide suspension in any GM car will not be configured the same as a Ferrari, each car has it's own tuned version of MagneRide. besides that, you're suggesting that ONE component of a complicated chassis and suspension setup means that the whole chassis and suspension is up to Ferrari standard! not really your fault though, the news media loves hooking onto something like that and spreading the twisted truth. also, GM's media department probably was pretty happy to tote the fact that they share Ferrari's MagneRide suspension. most of the general public have no idea about suspension other than shocks and struts and believe that they are the only components to make the car ride well!! they have no idea about anti-roll bars and different types of materials and the literally BILLIONS of different ways to have a chassis and suspension setup configured. so to say that a GM has the same "suspension" as the Ferrari is completely incorrect!

        the only reason i mentioned the value of his car was because he came across as stuck up cause he owned an S550. and yes, a car doesn't indicate wealth by any means. i know a multi-millionaire that still drives his '95 Golf because he likes it and sees no reason to buy a new one. I also know PLENTY of poseurs that somehow get these expensive cars and like to pretend like they're loaded but really they don't have much wealth to their name at all!

        @brad... great conclusion there! i wonder how you came up with that. maybe you should go tell Jay Leno that "the 'multitude of cars you've owned' it's directly proportional to the 'multitude of schizophrenic' personalities" he possesses! i shake my head!... btw, those cars i've mentioned were ones i've driven, I never said anything about owning them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so um 550+ hp from these cars and they still got beat by a 414hp car?!... ya, the M3 beat that CTS-V in acceleration and it's a lot more of a drivers car. it would cream it on any circuit. apparently ppl like to trash german cars a lot (ie: flashpoint's comment with the youtube video, his "partner in crime" just loved to trash the german makers!)... heavy, over-expensive, crap, etc.... it seems like the M3 is the lightweight here, with 130+hp LESS, it still beats both. hmm. yup it is more expensive but having driven a multitude of different cars from civics to V8 vantages and porsches.... i can say that you get what you pay for. go sit inside a Camaro... a 2000 corolla has a better interior!!

        anyways... bring on the 0 stars!.. i'm just saying, i'd rather save up a little more money for the M3 which is lighter, faster and more of a drivers car!

        PS: it's so funny how lame the suspension is on american cars!.. watch the vid when the CTS-V comes to a stop, it rocks like a boat! xD
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ italy430

        I was not critquing your "writing style" (because I would not consider it to be one). My point was that you literally used the handbook for car website trolling and just went through it line-by-line. If that was your plan, cool, good work on getting the folks all riled up; if not, well, the .5 of a star you have on your posts and having one of them removed should be indicative of a change in personal communication style.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Go GM, if the caddy beat the Rustang, it will smoke a Hemi. If the Hemi will hold up on the quarter mile, it may break down. Remember who makes it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn... a stick shift sucks ass... look how far the car dropped back when he changed gears.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's because the driver obviously didn't know how to speed shift. I can shift about 50x faster than the guy driving the Mustang in this video. He almost seemed like we was double-clutching a big rig. Who takes that long to shift? I mean, I shift faster than that guy when I'm driving to the grocery store...

        My friend has the exact same Mustang GT as I do, only difference being that they are different colors and his has an auto trans. I always beat him by at least half a car length.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even the fastest human can't come close to shifting gears as fast as a computer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The GT500's higher trap speed makes me think it would win a highway race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enjoy the fun NOW because, soon, there will be no fuel to power these vehicles.
      greygore
      • 4 Years Ago
      ford only sells the 2011 crown vic in the middle east? WTF?
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