Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 BMW M5 VS 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 BMW M5

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2013 Cadillac CTS-V

Safety Comparison

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the M5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The M5’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The M5 offers an optional side and top-view cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CTS-V only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the M5 and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The M5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the CTS-V’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the M5 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the CTS-V.

Engine Comparison

The M5’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 4 more horsepower (560 vs. 556) than the CTS-V’s 6.2 supercharged V8.

As tested in Road & Track the BMW M5 is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.7 MPH

114.8 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW M5 is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.8 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.4 sec

9.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.6 sec

2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.9 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

120.3 MPH

114.6 MPH

In a Road & Track race course test, the BMW M5 was clocked 1.43 seconds faster than the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan (81.01 sec. vs. 82.44 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the M5 gets better fuel mileage than the CTS-V:




15 city/22 hwy

14 city/19 hwy


14 city/20 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the M5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CTS-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The M5 has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CTS-V (21.1 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the M5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS-V:



Front Rotors

15.7 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

14.7 inches

The M5 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The CTS-V doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The M5 stops much shorter than the CTS-V:



80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

191 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the M5 has larger tires than the CTS-V (F:265/40R19 & R:295/35R19 vs. F:255/40R19 & R:285/35R19).

The M5’s optional 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CTS-V’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The CTS-V’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M5’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the CTS-V (116.7 inches vs. 113.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M5 is 2.1 inches wider in the front than the average track on the CTS-V.

The M5 handles at .95 G’s, while the CTS-V Sedan pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The M5 goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.3 MPH faster than the CTS-V Sedan (71 vs. 69.7 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the BMW M5 amounts to more than styling. The M5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the CTS-V (.355) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the M5 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the M5 is quieter than the CTS-V Sedan (52 vs. 55 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The M5 has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS-V Sedan (100.5 vs. 98).

The M5 has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS-V Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The M5 has a larger trunk than the CTS-V Sedan (14 vs. 13.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the M5 easier. The M5’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the CTS-V’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

The M5’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The CTS-V Sedan doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CTS-V, the M5 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The M5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and tachometer readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The M5’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The CTS-V’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the M5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the CTS-V can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The M5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CTS-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the M5 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the M5 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The CTS-V’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The M5 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CTS-V has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the M5 and the CTS-V have standard heated front seats. The M5 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CTS-V.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the M5 offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The CTS-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the M5 offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The CTS-V doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Optional BMW Apps for the M5 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The CTS-V doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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