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The Cadillac CTS-V On Vacation In Germany

Posted in Cadillac, Fast Cars, General, Track Events, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 7th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Cadillac makes some bold claims about the 2010 CTS-V sedan, calling it the “fastest production sedan in the world”. If you use Nürburgring lap times as the benchmark, Cadillac is entirely justified with their claim; while there are plenty of faster production coupes around the ‘Ring, no one has yet beaten John Heinricy’s CTS-V lap time of 7:59.33 in a sedan. The closest sedan lap time I could find was 8:09 in an Audi RS4, followed by 8:13 in an E60 (current generation) BMW M5. There’s a new M5 due in 2011, and you can rest assured that BMW will do everything in their power to make the new car faster than 7:59 around the ‘Ring.

When I reviewed the CTS-V sedan, my only regret was being limited to public roads. Unless you’re completely insane, filthy stinkin’ rich or named Matt Farah, there’s just no way to explore the limits of a 565 horsepower sedan on public roads. Sometimes, however, your wishes are granted, and I’ve got an opportunity to drive the CTS-V sedan and CTS-V coupe at Palm Beach International Raceway in the coming weeks. As you may have guessed, I’m looking forward to the experience and promise you a full write-up after the event. In the mean time, enjoy this bonus video that describes the making of the CTS-V commercial at the Nürburgring.

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5 Responses

  1. Zach says:

    What about the 2011 STI, did it in 7:55?

  2. Kurt says:

    Zach, you’re correct – a Subaru WRX STI did lap the ‘Ring in 7:55, but that was a 2011 prototype with a larger turbo and a tuned suspension. I’d say that disqualifies it from being a “production” sedan.

  3. Shahroz says:

    haha came here to say the same about the STI :D

  4. Zach says:

    Ah, I guess i will need to see the Limited Spec-C 2011 on the Ring and see if the subie can still keep up!

  5. Kurt says:

    Zach, the Caddy’s got the Subie on horsepower, but the Subie is a lot lighter and has AWD. It could be an interesting matchup.