The 2013 Cadillac CTS-V comes in only one trim level, base, but it does come in a sedan, coupe and wagon body style. All three body styles come standard with a monstrous supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 556 horsepower and 551 foot-pounds of torque. The engine hooks up to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. In its automatic format, the CTS-V reached 60 mph in as low as 4.3 seconds. Being that fast ultimately means using a lot of gas, as it gets just 12 to 14 mpg city and 18 to 19 mpg highway. The CTS-V is certainly not for your traditional Cadillac buyer; it is more for a buyer that once his or her luxury with a little bit of oomph or vise-versa.
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In terms of combining luxury and performance, the CTS-V has very few competitors. This rings especially true when you add in that it comes in a trio of body styles. In the coupe format, the CTS’ closest rival would be the 2013 BMW M3, which comes in a little heavy on the wallet at $60,100 but features a 414-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 engine. For the sedan version of the CTS Mercedes-Benz serves up the C63 AMG sedan, which boasts a 451-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine. For the Wagon, Mercedes-Benz jumps back into the game with it E63 AMG wagon, which boasts a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that launched it to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds.
Though the competition for the CTS-V is scarce, it certainly is fierce, so Cadillac had better separate itself somehow.