This week, two ultra-high-performance four-doors face off in a no-holds-barred public-opinion poll. There can be only one favorite, but which car will drive away with top honors?
Yes, it’s hard to argue with either the Cadillac CTS-V or Mercedes-AMG E 63. Both of these sizable sedans offer bucket-loads of power and sophisticated chassis that are basically ready for the racetrack.
Starting close to home, Detroit’s offering features a 6.2-liter small-block V8. With just two valves per cylinder and pushrods, yes, PUSHRODS, it still manages to crank out an awe-inspiring 640 horsepower with 630 lb-ft of peak torque. A belt-driven supercharger forces air into its lungs and helps deliver these amazing figures.
As for transmissions, this Caddy’s only offering is an eight-speed automatic that can, of course, be controlled via paddle shifters. A manual gearbox is, sadly, no longer on the menu.
Somewhat making up for this lack of choice is GM’s fantastic Magnetic Ride Control, which automatically adjusts to changing road conditions. It gives you a luxuriant ride when you need it and stiffness when you want it.
Focusing attention on the E 63, it features a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine under its hood. This cutting-edge propulsion unit is good for 585 horses and 590 lb-ft of twist. It’s matched to a quick-shifting seven-speed sports transmission, the only gearbox available. The company’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is standard.
All told, this Mercedes-AMG sedan can hit 60 miles an hour in as little as 3.6 seconds. Is that fast enough for you?
So, which of these two magnum-caliber cars would YOU rather park in your driveway? Please, vote in our latest poll so we can find a favorite. If you still need more information, feel free to compare these two models directly right here.