Cadillac CTS-V vs. Chevrolet Corvette

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, Contributing Editor - October 30, 2015

Would you like your supercharged 6.2-liter V8 supercar served with two or four doors?

With a shared supercharged V8 stuffed engine under the hood and racing technology in everything from the brakes to the body panels, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Cadillac CTS-V are track cars with just enough safety gadgets for the street.

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What we like about the Cadillac CTS-V

When Cadillac's CTS-V arrived on the scene in 2003, its incredible performance redefined popular opinion of the automaker. The latest CTS-V is an attractive sports sedan specifically built to challenge the mighty BMW M5, among others.

What we like about the Cadillac CTS-V

This CTS-V packs the fiercest punch ever. It offers space and luxury, then adds performance to rival two-seat sports cars with less cargo space than a duffle bag. Powered by a brilliant supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, the CTS-V creates 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. The family sedan tears from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds before charging on to a top speed of 200 mph. Gas mileage is predictably mediocre: 14 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.

What we like about the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Very few vehicles have the pedigree and heritage of Chevy’s iconic Corvette. Now in its seventh generation, “America’s Sports Car” continually offers incredible performance and style for an excellent price.

The C7 Z06 is the ultimate version of the ever-overachieving Chevy. Boasting a beastly supercharged V8 -- yes, the same one that is in the CTS-V -- but tuned a tiny bit sharper, the Z06 makes 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Those are practically funny car numbers! All that power rockets the Z06 from 0 to 60 mph in a dizzying 2.95 seconds. That’s about how long it takes to read this sentence.

Our Verdict: Cadillac CTS-V

Choosing a winner between these two is like asking parents which child is their favorite, it is practically impossible. While I can’t imagine a better car to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in, the Z06 would likely remain in the garage the rest of the week. The CTS-V has the same glorious engine and offers similar performance but the sedan also seats five, has a nice size trunk, and may help you avoid the "mid-life crisis" stares.

Who am I kidding? I want them both!

Would you like your supercharged 6.2-liter V8 supercar served with two or four doors?

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