Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Porsche 911 VS 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Porsche 911

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2013 Cadillac CTS-V

Safety Comparison

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The 911 offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The CTS-V doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The 911 offers optional ParkAssist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the 911 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

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The 911’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the CTS-V’s (10 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 911 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the CTS-V.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked fourth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked third.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the 911 S is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (automatics tested):

911

CTS-V

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 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

8.9 sec

9.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.8 sec

2 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117.1 MPH

114.6 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 911 gets better fuel mileage than the CTS-V:

911

CTS-V

RWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

S/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

AWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

Cabriolet/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

Cabriolet/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the 911’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 911’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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The 911 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 911 stops much shorter than the CTS-V:

911

CTS-V

80 to 0 MPH

190 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

191 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The 911’s optional 245/35R20 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 911 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The CTS-V’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 911 offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The CTS-V doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 911 S Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the CTS-V Coupe pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 911 S Cabriolet handles at 1.02 G’s, while the CTS-V Sedan pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The 911 S Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.4 MPH faster than the CTS-V Coupe (74.1 vs. 69.7 MPH).

The 911 S Cabriolet goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.6 MPH faster than the CTS-V Sedan (71.3 vs. 69.7 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the 911’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the CTS-V’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.9 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1050 to 1200 pounds less than the Cadillac CTS-V.

The 911 is 11.7 inches shorter than the CTS-V Coupe, making the 911 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 911 Coupe has 1.1 inches more front headroom and 3.4 inches more front legroom than the CTS-V Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 911’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

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If the windows are left down on the 911 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the CTS-V can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 911 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 911 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.

When the 911 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 911 offers optional 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The 911 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the 911 will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the CTS-V.

911

CTS-V

Four Year

40% to 43%

37%

Two Year

56% to 60%

54%

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