2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon after a top-speed run – Click above to watch the video after the break

The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, an extremely capable family hauler and performance car. By anyone's standards, it's out-of-this-world quick, but when you consider it weighs nearly 4,400 pounds, its supercar-embarrassing acceleration and grip are that much more amazing.

So, it feels fast and will haul a load of groceries with the best of them, but how does it stack up in the pantheon of performance? The Smoking Tire decided to find out, taking a CTS-V Wagon and a Chevrolet Corvette to El Mirage. The big Caddy got put to the test, running to its top end (or at least very close to it) along a three-mile course, and going head-to-head with the 'Vette in a dead sprint. To see how the long roof luxury barge fared, check out the video after the jump.



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      Craig Ewing
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a CTS-V coupe 6-speed stick. To those who gripe that Cadillac V owners don't drive their cars to their full potential, get this: No one drives any sports car in the USA to its full potential unless they race. Instead, whether Porsche, M-series, Corvette, Viper or any other car, including the CTS-V, you look for your opportunities when you can find them. And if you see a black V-coupe on the back roads doing triple digits and the driver has this big grin on his face, that's me.
      Jason in SD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was most impressed by the level (or lack) of noise in the cabin. Cannonballing at 180 and chatting with OnStar at a conversational volume.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the CTS, CTS Coupe, CTS Wagon and obviously all its V variants. Now lets see what Cadillac can do in a 7/8th scale car - the ATS.
      Thunder938
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont have a V, but i just picked up my new 3.6 304hp CTS wagon...what a great car
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thunder938
        Nice car, and as much power as you can use on public roads anyways...
        Brex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thunder938
        Well done. That's the car I've been eyeing for some time.
      black republican
      • 3 Years Ago
      I made a video of me driving the CTS-V Coupe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvRzVaSO7s Forget that the car weighs over 4000 pounds... it has 556 Horsepower, generates more torque standing still than most other cars, and it never, ever feels even the slightest bit slow. That Engine is an absolute beast and it doesn't feel as jarring as my own supercharged SRT8 300c. cadillac has really created a winner here. I hate wagons and don't like this one either, but, the CTSV in general is an awesome technological achievement. Especially for that price.
        RunYouOver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @black republican
        I agree, there is an endless amount of power in my V and I grin ear to ear every time I mash the gas!
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cadillac=Ugly.
      Jeff Is Mr Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty impressive for something that will be driven 99% of the time like a Camry, Malibu or Fusion. Seriously: How many of these "Performance Cadillacs" will ever be driven at their engineering limits? Are these things even exported and purchased in countries where motorsport is real (ie, autobahn, autostrade, etc.)? Or are they just vanity endeavors for Americans & Canadians who buy jackhammers when they really just need a garden trowel? With women it's hair, nails, clothes. With guys it's performance Cadillacs. The heart of it is the same thing...
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeff Is Mr Mom
        Why are you on this blog?
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeff Is Mr Mom
        Why are you picking on Cadillac? This is true for ALL performance cars. You really think some BMW or Ferrari seems its true performance limits on a regular basis? Fat chance. Some other countries have the benefit of faster/unlimited speed limits but from what I have read about even the autobahn, its not exactly the wide-open, full-throttle highway system that most people think it is. Real life comes into play and with it comes traffic, other cars, construction and weather. I actually would be willing to bet that these expensive - but not ridiculously-priced - performance cars (M3s, CTS-Vs and other cars in the ~$50-80k range) probably see more driving time than the typical $250k exotic simply because they aren't as expensive and thus not "that" big of a deal if it gets a dent, scratch, etc. So again, not sure why you are picking on Cadillac when they made a legitimate performance vehicle.... they can't exactly control how buyers use the vehicle.
        Adam Alter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeff Is Mr Mom
        Regardless of whether you're getting any action or not, or how often... would you rather be the guy with the "little" pecker or a "big" pecker?
        LazyLemming
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeff Is Mr Mom
        How many performance cars are ever driven at their engineering limits? I mean holy crap whenever I see a corvette it's usually doing near the speed limit! Why does anyone ever buy one!? The other day I watched a Lambo take a corner at the same speed as traffic! That man is a douchebag and a crime against humanity. Not me. Nope. The only speed limit I recognize is the red line on my tac and the grip of my tires. /sarcasm
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      pretty lame high speed acceleration...
      FireFrost
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeeeeees! I hope folks will now share the same enthusiasm I've had for Cadillacs since I was born. This car is so flippin' awesome!
        RunYouOver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FireFrost
        I own a V and I highly suggest you get one or find a friend who has one and will allow you to wring it out!
      JDV
      • 3 Years Ago
      But who will buy this ugly POS? Just becuase you cram all that HP under the hood doesn't mean it's top rated car. So what, if you can claim the title of Fastest, most powerful station wagon? That's not a title I would care for.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Note to driver, if you press the checkmark button, it'll clear the "ONSTAR" word (or "Bluetooth" for that matter) so you can see the odometer. That's the checkmark button on the dash left of the steering wheel in that exceedingly cheap-feeling 6 button cluster.
      • 3 Years Ago
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