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Cadillac CTS-V

 

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Cadillac CTS-V is the most powerful production Cadillac to date. It packs a 640bhp supercharged V8, is claimed to be capable of 0-62mph in 3.7sec and can knock on the door of 200mph. Cadillac has done more than just shoehorn a stonking engine into an unassuming saloon and leave it at that, though. Compared with the standard CTS, the Cadillac CTS-V benefits from a significant reworking. Performance-focused upgrades include a stiffer structure, wider front and rear tracks, recalibrated steering, substantial Brembo brakes and bespoke Michelin tyres. An eight-speed, paddle shift automatic gearbox channels drive to the rear, while an electronically controlled limited slip differential distributes torque between the wheels.

 

At a shade over £75,000, the Cadillac CTS-V faces some stiff competition. For similar money, you could have a BMW M5 or a Mercedes-AMG E63 – and let’s not forget that other GM-forged sledgehammer, the £53,000 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS. Cadillac says the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 in the Cadillac CTS-V is the most responsive engine it has tested on its dynos, reputedly delivering torque faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia’s V8. It might not be mistaken. Tap the accelerator and the Cadillac CTS-V snaps forward, its engine bellowing and leaping towards its 6600rpm limiter. Hit 120mph, which takes no time at all, and it’ll continue accelerating at a seemingly relentless rate.

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The eight-speed automatic isn’t as quick to shift as European offerings, particularly when directed via the wheel mounted paddles, but it rarely annoys. Putting the power down is no chore, either, with the LSD, wide Michelins and electronically adjustable Magnetic Ride Control suspension delivering plenty of traction when you want it. Your enjoyment won’t completely cease the first time you strike a corner, either. With the drive mode selector in Track or Sport settings, the big Cadillac’s steering is fast and accurate, while roll is minimal. The Cadillac CTS-V’s body control isn’t as fine as its rivals, however; it jostles over bumps and cracks. This, and some kickback through the wheel, takes the shine off the Cadillac’s highperformance credentials. The car’s ride quality isn’t bad, but it’s certainly stiff as opposed to supple.

 

The interior still lags behind European offerings, mainly in terms of material quality. It’s spacious, comfortable and well equipped, though, and features such as the customisable 12.3in digital instrument panel bring some class. If you’re one of the handful who might consider buying a distinctive, left-hand-drive super-saloon, the Cadillac CTS-V should be on your shopping list. It’s fast, comfortable and turns heads like little else in its class. There’s fine engineering here, too, that adds extra depth to its appeal. Sure, the interior leaves a lot to be desired, particularly alongside the likes of an M5, and the transmission and brakes could be improved. However, the Cadillac CTS-V is more rewarding than many rivals when driven at sensible speeds. This low-speed involvement and entertainment bolsters its charm. It may not be the most dynamically capable, but its feel good factor is difficult to beat.

 

Cadillac CTS-V Specifications

 

Price. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £75,255
Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .V8, 6126cc, supercharged, petrol
Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 640bhp at 6400rpm
Torque. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .631lb ft at 3600rpm
Kerb weight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1950kg
Gearbox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-spd automatic
0-62mp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3.7sec
Top speed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199mph
Economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21.7mpg

 

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