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.
It's a close match for the Cadillac, though many would prefer the Merc's materials and finish quality over the American competition.
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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|5 Door Wagon||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||N/A|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||N/A|