2011 Cadillac CTS-V vs. Its Competition

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Although the 2011 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.

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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2011 Audi S6 4-door Sedan Prestige Front Exterior View2011 Audi S6
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2011 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 335i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW 3-Series
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2011 Lexus IS F 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus IS F
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Wagon Safety Car2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V packs the Corvette ZR1's powertrain, and much of its excitement, into fashionable Coupe, Sedan, or Sport Wagon variants that are track-ready but day-to-day comfortable.
The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
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Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Supercharged Gas V8Gas V10Gas I6Gas V8N/A
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Small Station WagonMidsizeCompactSub-CompactN/A
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5-Door Wagon 6.2L4-Door Sedan Prestige4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEVF 4-Door SedanN/A
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/A
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5 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanN/A
Manual w/ODAutomaticManualAutomaticN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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