Cadillac CTS-V

  • The Porsche Panamera Turbo carries a hefty price tag.
  • The Cadillac CTS-V is essentially a Corvette Z06 with four doors.
  • Can the awesome Caddy face down possible the greatest sedan on Earth?

The Porsche Panamera is an incredible car — so incredible that we named it Business Insider’s 2017 Car of the Year.

The Panamera in Turbo trim is actually monumental: there’s a stonking twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 under the hood, cranking out 550 horsepower. But behind that motor is a cabin of unparalleled luxury. For those who want it all, the Panamera Turbo doesn’t disappoint. But it will cost you more than $150,000.

That’s a rich sticker, but for about half the price, you can get your hands on even more power. It won’t be German power. It will be Detroit oomph. And it will have a Cadillac badge.

The CTS-V is probably my favorite high-performance four-door on planet Earth. If you like the Corvette Z06 and its 6.2-liter, 650-horsepower V8 widowmaker, the CTS-V has the same powerplant, just tuned down by ten horses to 640.

Let’s call the comparison a showdown between perhaps the greatest sedan in existence and the extreme value proposition. Read on to see who wins:

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The CTS-V in “Red Obsession.” I enjoyed the vehicle immensely. Our test car cost over $90,000 and was very well optioned. Base, the CTS-V is about $86,000.

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The “V” cars are Caddy’s answer to high-performance versions of European sports sedans: BMW’s M Sports, Mercedes-AMGs, and the Audi RS. And of course dedicated high-end rides, such as the Panamera. It’s tough to climb much in the General Motors lineup than the CTS-V, however. With the Z06 and forthcoming ZR1 Vettes, you get mountains of power but no back seats, and the flagship CT6 Read More Here