Cadillac CTS-V priced to undercut M5, XFR

Published: 21 January 2009

Cadillac’s new CTS-V supersaloon – claimed to be the be the most powerful Cadillac ever built – will undercut its European competition by several thousand pounds.

Prices will start at £56,495, positioning the new Cadillac CTS-V just below the new Jaguar XF-R (£59,900) and comfortably undercutting German rivals such as the BMW M5 (£63,325) and Audi RS6 (a fulsome £74,550).

Cadillac CTS-V: an M5 on the cheap?

Performance figures for the CTS-V make interesting reading, with 60mph being dispatched in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 191mph for the manual car (175mph for the automatic).

The hot Caddy uses a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 delivering 556bhp, stops using massive Brembo brakes and has an advanced Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) suspension system controlled by electromagnets. CAR’s Georg Kacher was blown away by the CTS-V when he reviewed it for CAR Online. Click here for his first drive.

But it’s still a Cadillac. And nobody buys those, right?

Correct, in the UK at least. Cheap prices may not be enough to boost sales – Cadillac sold just 171 cars here in 2008 (half the total sold in 2007). In December, it sold just two cars...

By Gareth Evans

Contributor, historic racer and now running sister title Motor Cycle News's website

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