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The ultimate driving test for any newfangled vehicle is a flying lap around Germany’s Nürburgring (Nordschleife). The 2014 Cadillac CTS and CTS Vsport were put to the test, around the 12.9-mile monster.
Motorsport entities, and colossal automobile powerhouses like General Motors, put vehicles to the test on the universally accepted track behemoth, known as the Nürburgring. A trip around Nordschleife tests every component, along with overall drivability during an all-out lap. Standing zero-to-sixty times no longer take the cake. Performance capabilities of new vehicles should be evaluated on a road course, not just at the drag strip. Since most consumer-based performance car companies agree, a fast time around the ‘ring is a genuinely accepted performance evaluation. With that in mind, General Motors decided it was time to validate the CTS Vsport’s performance capabilities. Piloted by a professional driver, the new eight-speed, 3.6-liter twin-turbo Cadillac CTS Vsport lapped the 154-turn Nordschleife in 8:14.10.
The new CTS Vsport is no slouch, by any means. Before you go comparing the CTS-V to the ’14 Vsport, some factors should be taken into consideration. For comparison, a General Motors conducted test resulted in a 2009 CTS-V, a production sedan on factory-spec tires, finishing a lap 7:59.32. Give or take a second, the new Vsport went around nearly 14-seconds slower. Compared to its older sibling, who produced 556-horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, the 136-horsepower difference is a likely reason for a slower time. Keep in mind that a 500-horsepower E60 (V-10) BMW M5 made the trip in 8:13, and while the M5 weighs 400-pounds more, some perspective can shed some light on how well the new Vsport performed.
General Motors has put together some amazingly quick platforms in the past. Look at the ZR1. For reference, a General Motors conducted (video confirmed) lap ended in 7:26.4, for a base 2009 ZR1 with stock tires. The ZR1’s LS9 sibling known as the LSA was placed into the previously referenced CTS-V, for a 7:59.32 lap time. Those facts alone should begin to conjure up feelings of excitement in the hearts of General Motors performance fans. The Vsport should not be viewed as a replacement to the CTS-V, just as Apples cannot be compared to Oranges. Maybe a new Generation-V CTS-V will one-day lap Nordschleife, surpassing previous triumphs.
Take a look at the highlights from General Motors' trip ‘round the ‘ring: