Road Tests Real world tests of CTS-V vs BMW M5

0-60mph

CTS-V
3.9 s
M5 (E60)
4.1 s

Top speed

CTS-V
190 mph
M5 (E60)
155 mph

0-100mph

CTS-V
8.7 s
M5 (E60)
9.2 s

1/4 mile

CTS-V
11.9 s
M5 (E60)
12.3 s

Nurburgring time

CTS-V
7:59.32
M5 (E60)
8:12.90

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Cadillac CTS-V

Reasons to consider the
Cadillac CTS-V

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Faster top speed 190 mph vs 155 mph 35 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Significantly more torque 553 ft-lb @ 6,200 RPM vs 385 ft-lb @ 6,100 RPM Around 45% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 556 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM More than 10% stronger engine
Slightly faster in the quarter mile 11.9 s vs 12.3 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Bigger engine 6,200 cc vs 5,000 cc Around 25% bigger engine
Great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 7:59.32 vs 8:12.90 Around 5% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring
Side view of BMW M5

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BMW M5 (E60)

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More expensive sticker price $81k vs $58k Around 40% more expensive harder to own
Much higher redline 8,250 RPM vs 6,200 RPM Around 35% more revs
Lighter curb weight 4,066 lb vs 4,356 lb More than 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

CTS-V  vs
BMW M5 
Brand Cadillac BMW
Price 57,920 81,200
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2005
Highway mileage 19 MPG 19 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.83 lb/hp 8.13 lb/hp
Maximum hp 556 HP @ 6,200 RPM 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM
Maximum torque 553 ft-lb @ 6,200 RPM 385 ft-lb @ 6,100 RPM
Max RPM 6,200 RPM 8,250 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,200 cc 5,000 cc
Cylinders V8 V10
Air compressor Supercharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 12:1
Bore/stroke 4.06 in / 3.62 in 3.62 in / 2.95 in
Valvetrain Overhead valve (OHV) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 2 4

road tests

CTS-V  vs
BMW M5 
Top speed 190 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 11.9 s 12.3 s
0-60mph 3.9 s 4.1 s
0-100mph 8.7 s 9.2 s
0-200kph 14 s 13.5 s
20.6km nurburgring time 7:59.32 8:12.90
Hockenheim short lap time 1:14.50 1:16.6

transmission

Drivetrain RWD w/StabiliTrak Stability Control RWD w/M Differential Lock
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7
Gear ratios
1: 2.66:1
2: 1.78:1
3: 1.3:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.8:1
6: 0.63:1
7: 0.83:1
Axle ratio 3.73:1 3.62:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 483/? 229 216/? 457
Rear wheels 483/? 241 241/? 457

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,356 lb 4,066 lb
Width 72.5 in 72.7 in
Height 58 in 57.8 in
Length 191.6 in 191.5 in
Front track width 61.8 in 62.2 in
Wheelbase 113.4 in 113.7 in
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