Week 3: Cadillac CTS-V

Every scoop and every bulge serves a purpose and that’s the first sign of a properly engineered vehicle
By Amit Benjamin, Editor
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December 06, 2016
Photos: Kinan Al-Habbal

The mad, bad Caddie is back and let me get straight to the point — this is a serious machine. Unlike many American performance cars, there is no styling for styling’s sake. Every scoop and every bulge serves a purpose and that’s the first sign of a properly engineered vehicle.

Equally impressive is the 640-horsepower, 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that comes straight from the mental Corvette Z06, essentially making this is a four-door ’Vette.

Not so impressive, though, is the haptic control in the CUE system. Even though it’s been updated; it is still a little hit and miss. For instance, if you’re trying to increase the fan speed, you end up turning it off if you’re not meticulous with your inputs.

On the upside, though, the CTS-V costs just Dh325,000, or about Dh200K less than the M5, and that makes it staggering performance value. Yes, the M5 is better in many ways, however, is it Dh200K better? I’m not so sure, but I suppose I’ll find out in the next few weeks.