Bruce Nunnally Posted February 7, 2004 Report Share Posted February 7, 2004 Finally got my March 2004 Car & Driver in the mail. They did a 6-page coverage on the CTS-V, apparently doing a side-by-side track comparison with the BMW M3 and M5. Only numbers given were for the CTS-V, although comparative numbers were discussed for the BMWs. Overall they liked the CTS-V, especially at $23K less than the M5. They ran into three problems during the test: they discovered later that during the test one of the tires had a slow leak, the Cadillac reported high oil temperature which limited track time and performance, and they noted axle tramp/wheel hop during hard acceleration. They also complained about the shifting feel, saying that the earlier demo they drove was too rubbery, but this one was too stiff. The CTS-V trailed the M5 in acceleration, but beat the M3 to 100 mph and to 140 mph. The Caddy was reported as the slowest quartermile at 13.7s at 107 mph. On the skidpad the CTS-V ruled, at 0.9 g's. The M3 was fastest on the track, with the CTS-V a second slower and the M5 a tenth behind the CTS-V. 0-30 2.2s 0-40 2.9s 0-50 4.3s 0-60 5.2s 0-70 6.8s 0-100 12.2s 0-140 25.7s Quarter 13.7s at 107 mph Highs: Supersedan punch, knife-edge handling, lots of space, loaded with goodies. Lows: Tricky to launch, electronic hysteria, reluctant shifter Verdict: An all-American bahn stormer that's arguably the best buy in its class. Bruce 2016 Cadillac ATS-V gray/black Follow me on: Twitter Instagram Youtube Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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