2009 Cadillac CTS-V vs. Its Competition

2009 Cadillac CTS-V
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V comes very close in overall size to the BMW M5, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and the Audi S6, but with a lower price than the E63, it competes more closely with the C63 AMG.

The Audi S6 is about the same size and weight as the CTS-V, and it has standard all-wheel drive; however, its 5.2-liter V-10 engine makes only 435 horsepower and far less usable torque than the CTS-V's supercharged V-8.

The C63 AMG's driving feel is similar to that of the CTS-V—hefty on the road, but surprisingly crisp and responsive on the track—and despite its somewhat lighter weight, it makes do with about 100 less hp and, thus, isn't as fast.

The BMW M5 can get to 60 mph in about the same time as the CTS-V, by some accounts, and it comes with an impressive (or intimidating) set of electronic controls as part of M Drive, though its sticker price starts at around $85,000, about $25,000 more than the CTS-V.

The limited-production Lexus IS-F is another new competitor, with a 416-horsepower V-8, rear-wheel drive, and some serious track credentials, but the IS-F strikes out on one count: With no manual transmission, it's still a poseur to hard-core performance nuts.

2009 Cadillac CTS-V 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
Browse Used Listings
2008 Audi S6 4-door Sedan Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Audi S6
Browse Used Listings
2008 BMW M52008 BMW M5
Browse Used Listings
2008 Lexus IS F 2008 Lexus IS F
Browse Used Listings
2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
The uniquely styled 2009 Cadillac CTS-V pairs track times of an exotic sportscar with luxury-sedan comforts; in nearly all respects, Cadillac beats the top performance sedans from Germany at their own game.
The 2008 Audi S6 offers driving thrills that few sedans can match -- and a V-10 heart that would be right at home in a Lamborghini.
The 2008 BMW M5 has electrifying performance, but is saddled with an overdose of technology and a body in need of a few nips and tucks.
The 2008 Lexus IS-F challenges the best from Germany, bringing 168-mph capability with an uber-high pricetag to boot.
The 2008 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    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V10N/AGas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door SedanN/AF 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanN/A4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Cadillac CTS-V vs. 2008 Audi S62009 Cadillac CTS-V vs. 2008 BMW M52009 Cadillac CTS-V vs. 2008 Lexus IS F2009 Cadillac CTS-V vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG