Can the 495-Horsepower Chevy C8 Corvette Beat a 640-Horsepower Cadillac CTS-V?
Remember when we told you that these days, drag races can be a battleground where budget wagons battle luxo-barges, or fully-blown sports cars are challenged by super-sedans? Well, it happened again, since someone thought that pitting the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 against a 2019 Cadillac CTS-V is a good idea. Let’s not get silly. It’s a brilliant idea.
Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K
With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.
Is this Proof that Cadillac Is Making a Mid-Engined Sports Car?
It’s no longer a mystery that GM is working on a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette. The sports car has been spotted testing numerous times, we’ve seen sketches of the interior, plans of the engine, and even leaked pricing information. But General Motors may be hiding a vehicle based on the upcoming C8-generation Corvette: a mid-engined Cadillac.
5 Cars Cadillac Should Make ASAP
When Johan de Nysschen joined Cadillac in 2014, it seemed as if the luxury brand would finally reinvent itself. Marketing operations were moved from Detroit to Manhattan, a project that cost nearly $13 million, and a new strategy was penned. Among them, Cadillac began working on new crossovers, a flagship sedan, and replacements for the ATS and CTS. Four years later and De Nysschen was sacked, a move that raises questions about Cadillac’s future.
With the man seen as a visionary out of the picture, will Cadillac remain faithful to its original strategy to roll out one new model about every six months until 2022? And if so, what new markets will the luxury carmaker enter this time? We already know that Caddy is working on a replacement for the CTS, called the CT5, as well as a smaller CT4 for the compact market, but what happens after that. It’s difficult to predict, but I have my own list of cars that Cadillac should build as soon as possible in order to become relevant on the luxury market.
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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe
Cadillac might be all about luxury (and SUVs, these days) but there’s one thing it’s always done right, and that’s high-powered sports cars. I’m talking about, of course, the V-series lineup. In this case, I’m talking specifically about the ATS-V Coupe and its 3.6-liter V-6 that’s good for 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Even better yet, it’s a true sports coupe with power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a 3.73 rear axle. Cadillac didn’t just give it a few good selling points either. It can be optioned with a 2.85 rear axle, a performance data and video recorder, and Recaro performance seats if you’re so inclined. To make things even better, it comes standard with Brembo performance brakes in the front and rear, a Bose audio system, and an electronically limited slip differential. It’s a true beast and competes easily with the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.
With such an amazing portfolio of credentials, we’ve decided to make the ATS-V our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite from the list but have also thrown in a few more for you to choose from. Go ahead and brighten up your desktop a bit!
Cadillac is Being Greedy, Won’t Let Chevy Use That New Biturbo V-8 For The Corvette
With rumors of a forthcoming mid-engine Corvette continuing to swirl, some folks are poking around to see what Chevy might mount when it comes to motivation. Cadillac’s recently debuted twin-turbo V-8 might fit the bill, but according to Cadillac president John de Nysschen, that’s simply not gonna happen.
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Cadillac Claims its Upcoming CT3 Will Be Faster Than both the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and Audi RS3 Around the Nurburgring
Cadillac is one automaker that’s making a dramatic and aggressive push in beefing up its lineup. That pursuit includes a small sedan, called the CT3, that will compete against German rivals like the Mercedes CLA-Class and Audi A3. Cadillac chief, Johan de Nysschen, dropped a few tidbits about the compact sedan, including the fact that it will come standard with rear-wheel drive. More importantly, its range-topping version will be faster than its competitors around the Nurburgring.
Video of the Day: Watch This Cadillac Escalade Outrun a Camaro ZL1 1LE
Hennessey Performance is known for building over-the-top power upgrades for already quick performance vehicles. The company’s latest project is no different – an 800-horsepower Cadillac Escalade with its HPE800 package
Oh, and it’ll outrun a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE on an unprepped drag strip.
The video shows the run from multiple angles as the 5,700-pound, three-row SUV hooks up off the starting line and outguns the Camaro. The Caddy’s advantage is its hand-built, stroked 6.8-liter V-8 stacked with a supercharger. Matching its 805 horsepower at 5,500 rpm is an equally impressive 812 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Traction isn’t an issue thanks to its full-time 4WD system that provides a spin-free launch.
Here, in this one run, the Escalade pulls several car lengths on the Camaro. Now, it’s clear the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 1LE didn’t get a clean start off the line. The driver compensated for wheel spin at the line with less throttle, thereby not letting the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 give its full muscle. The Caddy just walked on by.
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2017 Cadillac CTS-V – Driven
This isn’t your grandfather’s Cadillac. Nope, this is the third-generation CTS-V – a 640-horsepower, rear-wheel drive sports sedan with cutting-edge technology under the skin and looks to kill. Oh, and it also hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and goes 200 mph. It rivals the best Germany has to offer, such as the Audi RS7, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and Porsche Panamera Turbo. This Caddy might not match the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for horsepower, but it definitely has more class.
I recently spent a week living with the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V, doing everything from grocery store runs and idling in the parent pickup line at the kiddo’s school to launching the blacked-out sedan down open blacktop as the 1.7-liter roots-type supercharger screamed atop its 6.2-liter small block V-8. There’s no doubt the CTS-V is a riot when it comes to performance, but just how good is it at being a Cadillac?
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Even Cadillac’s Key Feels High-Class
This past week has seen a rather swanky 2017 Cadillac CTS-V in my driveway. While there is much to talk about with this 640-horsepower, four-door bullet and the way it muscles itself to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 200 mph, it’s still a Cadillac at the day’s end. As such, the small things matter. Little touches of luxury and flare are important, with even the smallest detail adding to the overall impression of the car. That’s why I’m so impressed with the Cadillac’s key fob. It just feels right in my hand.
Sure, its guts are plastic, but the outer rim is chromed metal that provides a nice weight to the key. Soft rubber covers the front and back side, making it easy to grip. The key’s overall shape is slightly curved to fit the palm of your hand. The buttons are both easy to see at a glance and easy to remember where they are. V-shaped ridges and a crease down the center help you easily locate the buttons without looking. This makes in-pocket operations very easy. Then again, since the Caddy has a keyless enter and go system, you never have to take the key out of your pocket.
There is one exception, though. The Cadillac has remote starting. By pressing the lock button twice and the ignition button once, the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 will roar to life. Being near the trunk is the best place to enjoy its startup bark, anyway.
Now, I’ve seen plenty of automakers use high-end keys to impart the feeling of luxury to the driver before ever opening the door. Still others fail miserably and provide a dull, cheap-feeling key fob that only detracts from an otherwise fine vehicle. Cadillac just got it right with both the shape and materials it uses. In other words, the key is befitting to a $100,000 luxury car.
What’s your favorite key fobs? How about your least favorite? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to include some photos!
The Cadillac CTS-V Is The Camaro ZL1 For Gentlemen
Cadillac ain’t the automaker it used to be – and that’s a very good thing. Gone are the days of dull, heavy land yachts. The modern Cadillac brand is a swanky New York City-based company with an eye peeled for vogue, high-end luxury and power. It’s no wonder then why Cadillac’s third generation of CTS stands apart from anything in the General Motors fleet. However, GM is known for sharing engineering between its divisions, and the CTS-V is no different. It shares its Alpha platform with the current Chevrolet Camaro, along with its mighty heart, the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. It’s safe to call the CTS-V a four-door Camaro ZL1.
But the CTS-V is more than a reshaped Camaro ZL1. Naturally, Cadillac had to add some luxury and refinement to its Alpha beast. As such, you’ll find real carbon fiber and microfiber suede accenting large swaths of the cabin, hidden compartments actuated by electric motors, 16-way Recaro front seats, a massive panoramic moonroof, and GM’s Performance Data Recorder to capture all the action at the autocross circuit. There’s actually room for four adults inside, too, or five if times are desperate. The trunk is ready for a trip to the golf range or grocery store. The valley is also more likely to park your CTS-V out front since it looks like money incarnate. These are all things the Camaro ZL1 just isn’t built for. The ZL1 is a dedicated track monster that it’s still docile enough for everyday driving. The CTS-V is a Cadillac that just happens to have 640 horsepower, a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, and a 200-mph top speed. Oh, it’s also got seven heat exchangers to cool everything from the 1.7-liter root-type supercharger to the limited-slip rear differential. In other words, the Cadillac CTS-V is a gentleman’s version of the Camaro ZL1.
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Quick Comparison – BMW M5 Vs. Cadillac CTS-V
The new BMW M5 has arrived, boasting a boatload of power, oodles of luxury, the traditional German refinement, and even a performance AWD system that’ll go full Gymkhana-RWD-smoke-machine at the touch of a button. Sweet. So then, it seems like all the stuff you’d expect, plus a ‘lil extra on top, right? Should be about right for anyone looking for superlative performance in a high-status package – a.k.a., the standard M5 owner. But here’s the thing - the Bavarians aren’t alone anymore. The luxury performance four-door segment has more than a few tempting options on hand at the moment – take, for example, the Cadillac CTS-V, a tire-shredding monster with every intention of toppling the Teutonic status quo. Both rock sports car specs, plus acres of hide and top-shelf opulence. So how do they line up?
To find out, we dug into the info sheets and laid it all on the table. In this quick comparison, we take a look at the exterior, interior, drivetrain, and prices for both, drawing a few conclusions on the way. Is the Caddy the new king, or can Bimmer reassert its dominance?
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2018 Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition
First introduced in 2002 as a successor to the Opel Omega-based Catera, the Cadillac CTS is already offered in its third-generation version. Updated in 2016 after three years on the market, the CTS spawned a new V version, powered by the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Quicker and more powerful than ever, the current CTS-V finally has everything it needs to give its German competition a run for the money, and with the latest BMW M5 having received an AWD system, it remains the only performance offering with rear-wheel-drive. With Cadillac celebrating its 115th anniversary in August 2017, the CTS-V gained a limited-edition version with special features.
Dubbed Glacier Metallic Edition, it’s limited to only 115 units and comes standard with both the Carbon Fiber and the Luxury packages. It also sports a bespoke exterior color and added equipment inside the cabin. It’s essentially a loaded CTS-V without any special features (outside the paint of course), but it’s exactly what limited-edition Caddys have been about in recent years. The Glacier Metallic Edition is already available at dealers, so if you want one, make sure you grab it before it’s too late.
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Motor Trend Pits The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Against The 2016 Lexus GS F
On one side you have the all-American powerhouse and on the other you have the Japanese spitfire. It wasn’t always the case that we could describe a Cadillac and a Lexus in such glowing terms, but the times have definitely changed. The premium performance sedan segment isn’t just an exclusively European party anymore, not when you have both the Cadillac CTS-V and the Lexus GS F lurking in the background and ready to pounce. These two gnarly machines still have a ways to go before it can claim to being on the same plane as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63, but for what Cadillac and Lexus have come up with, that timetable may be sooner than later.
The boys at MotorTrend aren’t ones to waste an opportunity to line up two competing cars against one another and not surprisingly, that’s what we get here with the 2016 CTS-V and the 2016 GS F. Both models have their share of strengths, just as they do their warts. The CTS-V, for instance, packs a lot of power and drives wonderfully. The GS F, on the other hand, is one of the best handling cars in its segment and it also received a bump in power.
But which of the two is better? As is the case with match-ups like this one, it’ll probably boil down to a matter of preference for the customer. But that’s not going to stop MotorTrend from discussing what to look for when the choice boils down to the CTS-V and the GS F. Which is better on the road? Which handles its business on the track? This 26-minute episode has all the answers, so go check it out.
2017 Cadillac CTS-V With Carbon Black Sport Package
The third-generation Cadillac CTS was launched for the 2014 model year and, unlike its predecessor, it received a more revolutionary styling with sportier cues. It also introduced the company’s new design language. The new generation also brought a more upscale interior and important changes in the engine lineup, which now includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. The high-performance CTS-V version arrived for the 2016 model year with a new supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood.
It’s been a year and a half since the V-series model made its public debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and Cadillac released a new special edition based on the high-performance sedan. Dubbed Carbon Black Sport Package, the new model gives customers the opportunity to buy a slightly more aggressive version of the CTS-V with darker accents on the outside and sportier features on the inside.
The CTS-V Carbon Black Sport Package debuted alongside similar bundles for the smaller ATS-V, as well as the milder ATS and CTS sedans. Details about pricing and availability are not yet available, but Cadillac revealed all the features that make the special-edition package special.
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Watch The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V HPE750 In Action: Video
Powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, the new Cadillac CTS-V is definitely one of the most exciting high-performance sedans you can buy nowadays. However, if that enormous amount of oomph isn’t enough for you and you’re willing to accept a few aftermarket components on your pricey Caddy, the folks over at Hennessey Performance will be more than happy to inject a few extra horses in that V-8.
Specifically, Hennessey offers three upgrades for the CTS-V, one of which is the HPE750. Using various drivetrain upgrades, including a high-flow air induction system, new engine management calibration, and high-performance catalytic converters, the Texas-based firm adds an extra 117 horsepower and 152 pound-feet, taking the total output up to a whopping 757 horses and tire-shredding 782 pound-feet of twist. Hennessey even went as far as to develop a 1,000-horsepower sedan, but we’ll stick to the HPE750 for now since the company just released a new video of the beefed-up Caddy.
Not surprisingly, the CTS-V HPE750 is amazingly fast and its performance figures have been improved dramatically. While the standard model needs 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing, which is nothing to sneeze at, the HPE750 achieves the benchmark in 3.2 ticks, a half-second quicker! From 0 to 150 mph, the time drops from 17.8 to 15.4 seconds. The quarter mile takes only 11.2 seconds with the sedan crossing the line at 131 mph. Likewise, top speed jumps from 200 to an amazing 210 mph with the upgrade.
What’s more, the HPE750 sounds downright menacing under full throttle thanks to its massive V-8 and high-revving supercharger. Hit the play button to check it out.
Cadillac is looking to bolster its lineup by introducing a rear-wheel drive sports sedan that will be slotted just below the ATS. The disclosure was made to Road & Track by Cadillac executive chief engineer Dave Leone at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
According to Leone, the model will be Cadillac’s entrant into a market that’s already teeming with competitors, most notably the Mercedes CLA-Class. But this new model - it doesn’t have a name yet - could end up holding a trump card if it does end up as a rear-wheel drive model, something neither the CLA-Class, nor other front-wheel drive models like the Audi S3 or the Acura ILX have. Having a rear-wheel drive setup could help the Caddy stand out.
Leone didn’t dive into the nitty-gritty of the new model, but there has been some whispers that the model would use a version of Cadillac’s Alpha platform, which is already being used by both the ATS and the CTS sedans. It makes sense from a financial standpoint because the company won’t have to build a dedicated platform just for this new model. But, there’s also a caveat, particularly how the company would navigate around a platform that’s engineered for big models. It could rework the architecture and shrink the platform itself, but doing so presents its own challenges, something Cadillac would have to address if it does green light the production of this sub-ATS sports sedan.
Hopefully, Cadillac takes its time to discuss this model and doesn’t rush anything for the sake of rushing. History already paints a pretty disturbing picture from the last time Caddy pushed a model to production in the face of rising competition from its European rivals. Yes, almost 28 years since it was mercifully killed off, the Cadillac Cimarron’s stink hasn’t dissipated yet.
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Hennessey Performance has a long history of taking already fast cars and pushing them to the limit. Cars like the 2015 Ford Mustang HPE700 or the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Hennessey are prime examples, but they have also focused on other cars that other tuners don’t give a second thought to. Case in point: The Cadillac CTS-V.
Back in 2011, they brought us cars like the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V V700 Sport Wagon and the V700 Coupe. In 2012, they put together the 1,000-horsepower CTS-V Coupe Twin Turbo V1000, and let’s not forget the 1,226-horsepower, 2013 Cadillac CTS-VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe. All of that was just the beginning, though, as Hennessey has now released three performance packages for the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.
It might be hard to imagine stepping up the new CTS-V, considering it comes with a new 6.2-liter V-8 that pushes 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Even though it can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph, Hennessey decided to step it up even more. The three available upgrade packages promise to push the Cadillac to anywhere between 750 and 1,000 horsepower – depending on how much you want to spend. With that said, let’s take a look and see what Hennessey can do to the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.
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With 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the 2016 CTS-V trumps its German competitors in the performance department, but Cadillac seems to think the sedan isn’t powerful enough. At least that’s what Automobile claims, adding that a "well-placed source" inside Cadillac says the GM-owned brand wants to inject even more oomph in the CTS-V.
As it turns out, Cadillac fears that once BMW and Mercedes-Benz launch updated versions of the M5 and E63 AMG, the CTS-V will no longer be on top. So even though the current sedan has 80 and 73 horsepower more than the M5 and E63 AMG S-Model, respectively, Cadillac already wants to up the ante in the output department to make sure that the CTS-V remains the most powerful mid-size. luxury.
"The Cold War continues. I don’t know where it stops, but it’s not at 640 horsepower, that’s for sure," the unnamed source told Automobile.
It’s not yet clear whether the CTS-V will get more power with the mid-cycle facelift, but a drivetrain upgrade is more likely to arrive with the next-generation sedan, which is at least five years away.
The current CTS-V uses the same supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and needs only 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Though it’s not the quickest premium mid-size out there (the E63 AMG S-Model needs 3.5 seconds for the same benchmark), the CTS-V comes with a mind-boggling 200-mph top speed.
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In attempt to give German sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4 a run for their money, Cadillac launched its smallest vehicle yet — the ATS— for the 2013 model year. The sedan was quickly followed by the ATS Coupe, which was aimed at the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5. For 2016, Caddy gave both the sedan and coupe the V treatment expanding the ATS lineup to include competition for the BMW M, Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS cars.
Now that the performance compact is finally in dealerships, the brand is rolling out a special-edition model that celebrates "the ongoing launch of the first-ever Cadillac ATS-V." Dubbed Crystal White Frost Edition, and available for both the sedan and coupe, the bundle consists of several options and two packages offered as standard equipment. As the name suggests, both models can only be had in the Crystal White Frost exterior paint.
The recently redesigned Cadillac CTS-V also benefits from a similar package.
Pricing for the Crystal White Frost Edition starts at $71,460 for the sedan and $73,660 for the coupe, which accounts for a $10,995 premium for both models. Is this bundle worth the extra $11K? Keep reading to find out.
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