9. Cadillac CTS-V
The Cadillac CTS-V made its debut at this year’s Detroit auto show. Sporty for a sedan (and fast, with a top speed of 200mph), the car is breaking boundaries for the German brand. The CTS was born in 2003 and, each year since, has been improved as Cadillac continually strives to top its German rivals. The CTS-V has made Cadillac a major contender for German competitors Audi RS, BMW M, and Mercedes AMG. The Cadillac CTS-V is rated at 640 horsepower and projected a zero-to-60 blitz of 3.7 seconds (these numbers match the BMW M5’s).
Though the engine roars when reaching high speeds, drivers can start the car in tour mode to keep the muffler bypass valves closed to quiet the sound. Also, the car features tires made with two different tread rubber compounds to both extend tire life and maximize cornering grip. These Pilot Super Sport tires were made by Michelin who specifically tailored them for this car. Other features, like the use of the Performance Tracing Management System, Performance Data Recorder, and a lighter weight (the CTS-V is at 4145 pounds, lighter than its competitors), puts it on many a car lover’s wish list.