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2013 Audi RS 5 vs 2011 BMW M3 vs 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1009_2010_audi_rs_5_vs_2011_bmw_m3_vs_2011

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Motor Trend did a side-by-side comparo of the M3, RS5, and CTS-V Coupe.

They found the Cadillac was quickest and fastest.

They did not like the manual shift buttons on the back of the steering wheel for the automatic, preferring levers.

Also (they tested the Coupe) they found it has reduced rear seating area (duh)

So they picked the BMW first.

The CTS-V Coupe is a very good car. It's fast, has a wonderfully composed chassis, and looks like a million bucks on the road. But it's not quite good enough to win this comparison. Yes, it is heavier than it should be, and is not very well packaged-the smaller M3 has a more useable rear seat and trunk. But in this test, against these cars, the CTS-V Coupe suffers because its old-school six-speed automatic transmission comes up a day late and a dollar short.

Instead of paddles, the Cadillac has yesteryear rocker switches on the back side of the steering wheel to facilitate manual shifts; they lack the tactility and force-feedback sensation of either the Audi or the BMW systems, and swapping ratios seems to take an age compared with the dual-clutch trannies. The sport-mode setting doesn't seem very effective, and the moonshot 0.67:1 sixth gear is too tall for the 3.23 rear axle (manual CTS-Vs run a 0.63:1 sixth with 3.73 gears), which means the tranny constantly hunts between fifth and sixth when you're hustling on the autobahn.

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1009_2010_audi_rs_5_vs_2011_bmw_m3_vs_2011_cadillac_cts_v_comparison/performance_and_chassis.html#ixzz0utpIXL7A

Read More: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1009_2010_audi_rs_5_vs_2011_bmw_m3_vs_2011_cadillac_cts_v_comparison/index.html


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