2010 Cadillac CTS-V vs. Its Competition

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Although the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is closer in size to the BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG, and Audi S6, it competes with the slightly smaller Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and Audi S6.

Of them all, the C63 AMG has a driving feel that’s closest to that of the CTS-V—stout, though surprisingly crisp and responsive on the track—but with less power, the C63 isn’t quite as fast.

The BMW M5 can accelerate about as quickly as the CTS-V, but it’s about $25,000 more than the CTS-V and includes a complex set of electronic controls (M Drive) that can be overwhelming.

Another rival remains the Audi S6, which comes with a 435-horsepower, 5.2-liter V-10 engine and all-wheel drive; it’s a smooth, confident sport sedan with a lot of personality and a beautiful interior, but it’s just not as fast.

Jaguar’s XFR is another rival to the CTS-V, with a warm, classy interior and amazing straight-line acceleration, but it’s not as precise a handler or curve-carver.

Finally, the limited-production Lexus IS-F is a possibility, with a 416-horsepower V-8 and some serious track credentials.

Among all of these possibilities, only the CTS-V and M5 are offered with a manual gearbox.

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Quick Specs
8.8
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8.4
8.2
8.4
8.6
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sports a fluid ride, spot-on handling, and shrieking power to make it the most accomplished C-Class ever built.
MSRP From    
$60,720$76,100$85,700$58,460$57,350
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas V10Gas V10Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeMidsizeMid-SizeSub-CompactCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Prestige4-Door SedanF 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55545
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
ManualAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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