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The Cadillac CT6-V Is Officially Faster Than The Dodge Charger Hellcat & BMW M5

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Remember when American luxury meant stuff like Lincoln Continentals and Towncars, Cadillac Devilles, Sevilles and Fleetwoods, Buick Park Avenues and Roadmasters, and the like? Not anymore! The Cadillac CT6-V, which ironically is cheaper than the "base" 4.2-liter V8 model (which is starting at the Platinum trim level), produces 550 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. Those 640 foot-pounds start at 3,400 rpm, which is comparable to the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat's 650 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm, as well as the BMW M5's 553 lb-ft from 1,800 to 5,700+ rpm. Oh, and the CT6-V comes with all-wheel-drive. The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S produces 627 lb-ft from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm.

The CT6-V is governed to 149 mph, but with the speed limiter lifted it can hit 200 mph (or even more), which beats the M5's 189 mph and the Mercedes-AMG E 63's 186. The Hellcat can hit 204 mph in standard-body form and 196 mph in Widebody form.

Using Vimulator, a vehicle performance simulator which requires Adobe Flash Player, the Cadillac CT6-V has a top speed of 212.2 miles per hour (in ninth gear, versus 211.8 in eighth). The BMW M5 has a top speed of 200.4 miles per hour. The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S has a top speed of 197.9 miles per hour. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat hits 201.8 miles per hour before falling out of sixth gear, bogging down to 197.9, making it equal to the AMG E 63 S. The CT6-V is even faster than its smaller CTS-V sibling, which hits 199.7 mph (just shy of its manufacturing claim).

The CT6-V also hits 60 mph in 3.05 seconds and completes the 1/4-mile in 11.4 seconds at 121.99 mph, which beats the Hellcat Charger's 3.61 to 60 and 11.85 to 1/4 at 122.61. The "550-hp" CT6-V also gets to 190 mph in 38.42 seconds, while the 603-hp E 63 S does it in 38.9, the 592-hp M5 does it in 40.39, and the 707-bhp Hellcat does it in 41.33.

It should be noted that Dodge (along with Jaguar and Ford) rates their cars in bhp, rather than wheel hp like Cadillac, BMW, or Mercedes. The "550-hp" Cadillac might actually be 650-hp. We all know the M5 and E63 produce closer to 700 hp (unofficially, just look at dyno tests) than 600. The CT6-V has a drag coefficient rating of 0.27 Cd, while most super sedans have drag coefficient ratings past 0.30 Cd. It also has a slightly smaller frontal area than the Hellcat, M5, and E63.

The Cadillac CT6-V is like that one hippy professor who cracks dirty jokes on the occasion, but tries to stay clean and authoritative for the most part. In comparison, the Hellcat pretends to be cool, but is really a rude, undemanding professor with a nasty attitude.

Performance numbers aside, the 4.2-liter Blackwing CT6 models do somewhat remind me of the 1990s and 2000s Cadillac Seville with its SLS and STS variants of the 4.6-liter Northstar V8 (one version had 275 hp and 300 lb-ft, and the other had 300 hp and 295 lb-ft). Using the horsepower inflation calculator, the Cadillac Seville STS (which was first introduced for the 1995 model year, or 24 model years before the new CT6-V) should have exactly 600 hp to stay linear with performance standards from the time it was produced. 300 horsepower 24 years ago (by the standards) means 600 horsepower today.

Sedans aside, the CT6-V also trumps the Lamborghini Huracan EVO (207.8) and the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera's 211.1 (the McLaren 600LT also hits 211.1), while just being shy of the McLaren 720S (213.5), Porsche 911 GT2 RS (215.5), and Ferrari F8 Tributo (215.7). The top speed of the Cadillac CT6-V is 212.2 miles per hour.

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