The Cadillac CTS-V is a world-class sport sedan that is plenty capable of standing up to the German competitors from BMW's M division and Mercedes-Benz's AMG unit. I had driven a manual-transmission CTS-V coupe just days prior to getting in this automatic-equipped sedan, so my attention was immediately focused on the gearbox. While it's not offensive in its operation, the Cadillac transmission can't really hold a candle the BMW seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and the Mercedes-Benz seven-speed automatic. Both of those transmissions offer faster, more aggressive downshifts with better rev-matching. The result is that the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG have smoother drivelines with a more fluid, engaging feel. Of course, if you prefer the Cadillac's monstrous power and distinctive looks, the answer is simply to buy the manual transmission, which is fabulous.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor