2016 Cadillac CTS-V vs. BMW M5 Drag Race Is a Worthless Struggle

2016 Cadillac CTS-V vs. BMW M5 Drag Race 4 photos
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2016 Cadillac CTS-V vs. BMW M5 Drag Race2016 Cadillac CTS-V vs. BMW M5 Drag Race2016 Cadillac CTS-V vs. BMW M5 Drag Race
In theory, the driver of a 2016 Cadillac CTS-V shouldn't have anything to worry about when coming across an F10 BMW M5, especially not when we're talking about the "standard" 560 PS model.
However, the piece of drag racing footage you can find at the bottom of the page shows the opposite. We're dealing with a 2016 CTS-V that goes up against an outgoing M5.

The two duked it out over in Germany, using an airfield as their playground. They went for a rolling start, with the pair of super-sedans racing on two separate occasions to make sure the results of the battle are relevant.

And yes, the CTS-V got trampled by the M Division 5er. So let's talk figures. In terms of the power-to-weight ratio, the Caddy easily tops the M5, as we're dealing with 3.1 kg per hp versus 3.6 kg per hp. Torque? It's the same thing - the F10 M5 comes with a meaty 502 lb-ft (680 Nm), but that's no match for GM's LT4, which delivers 630 lb-ft (854 Nm).

In the transmission department, though, the M5's dual-clutch seven-speed tranny is quicker than the eight-speed torque converter of the CTS-V.

According to the GTBoard (the uploaded of the YouTube clip), both the Cadillac and the BMW seen here come in stock condition, but that might not be true for the Bavarian four-door.

"Hmm... where have I seen this before?"

And if this drag race seems a bit familiar, it might be because we've recently shown you a similar battle involving this second-gen CTS-V. The Caddy went up against a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the PDK kind, on the same airfield.

And while the on-paper difference between the two was smaller than the one seen here, the Porsche still shouldn't have dominated the Cadillac. But it definitely did, showing its generously sized rear wing to the American sedan.

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