Can The Lexus GS F Hold Its Own Against The Cadillac CTS-V?

Looking for a mid-size luxury sedan with a V8 and otherworldly performance capabilities? Your shortlist will invariably end up rather heavy on Teutonic influence. But the Germans aren’t the only ones in the game.

There’s the Maserati Ghibli from Italy, and there’ll soon be a new Jaguar XF SVR to represent the UK. But for the latest episode of Head 2 Head, the fellas at Motor Trend have brought together two more. They’re both brand-spanking-new, and they don’t speak German, either.

As you may have guessed by now, we’re talking about the new Cadillac CTS-V and Lexus GS F. They both pack big V8s up front mated to eight-speed automatics driving the rear wheels. They both tip the scales at around 4,100 pounds, split slightly towards the front at 53/47, and start at $85k. But where the Caddy is supercharged, the Lexus is a rare holdout for natural aspiration.

Combined with a much larger displacement of 6.2 liters instead of 5.0, that means the American contender puts out more. Like, a lot more. 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque easily trump the Japanese rival’s 467 hp and 389 lb-ft. Does this make it the better choice? You’ll want to watch the whole episode to find out.


  • Six_Tymes

    17:14 “HUUUUGE amount of torque”. too funny, not sure if hes funny when drunk or a complete d-bag.
    another good head 2 head with a great ending. thanks for posting.

  • Brian

    I’d take the CTS-V, but I’m surprised at how well the GS F did

  • Craig

    I would much rather own a Charger Hellcat.

    • Matt

      Maybe if you only wanted to go drag racing….

      • Craig

        The Hellcat handles just fine.

        • Matt

          But other than 707BHP, what does it have over the Cadillac or Lexus?

          • Craig

            Over both cars – the Charger’s UConnect is considerably better than Cadillac’s CUE and whatever Lexus calls their system. WAY better in fact. It also has a better transmission than the Cadillac and a better sounding exhaust. It could also be argued that the Charger looks better than both. [An easier argument to win if you compare to the Lexus only – even though I actually like all three] And it costs less. To ME – the Charger Hellcat is without question competing against both of these cars. Would it lag behind on the track? Yes. Would I – or have I – EVER driven any car that I have ever owned on a track? NO. So to me – a great track car is not something that matters to me. The Charger Hellcat is the car for me.

          • antbee

            I love the Charger just for that mean-mugging face it’s got going on! Even though the body-style has been around for a while, I still find it to be drop dead sexy! I’d take it in SXT or R/T, no Hellcat necessary, but I wouldn’t kick it out of my parking spot if given one.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Someday, I might be seen handcuffed in the backseat of a Charger but I’ll never be caught dead in the driver’s seat of one! 😉

  • Mind Synthetic

    ill take a Lexus hands down, regardless of an outcome

  • antbee

    I’ve always been a fan of the Cadillac CTS. When the V cars arrived, I was definitely hooked. With its new looks, power, and luxury, it is a solid contender when it comes to sports sedans. On the other hand, I have always liked Lexus cars as well. A 2010-2012 LS or GS are on my wish list. The LF-A showed us what Lexus could do, just because it can. Sure, Lexus could go after the German Three, but why should it, when it’s got its own loyal customer base, and new one coming on board every year. If Toyota can put it to Porsche at Le Mans, and only lose to them within the last few minutes, due to an engine glitch, then just think of what Toyota could do, again, with Lexus. Porsche was gracious enough to even publicly commend Toyota for its tremendous efforts in almost beating it to the checkered flag.
    All this just to say, the Cadillac is a great-looking luxury sedan, with tremendous power and refinement.
    The Lexus is a great luxury sedan, with power enough for those to whom it is targeted. I didn’t watch the video, because reasons… but just by the numbers, this really wasn’t a fair comparison.
    I would take the CTS-V over the GS F, any day. I like what Cadillac is doing with its vehicles these days, the power, the looks, the refinement and luxury. But, I would not discount Lexus, not for a second.

  • Bob White

    But unfortunately the Lexus has the same generic styling of their product line and looks like an upscale Camry which is exactly what it is. Uhhh! That face!

    • Six Thousand Times

      Wow, Lexus’ styling has been called a lot of things but…generic?

      • Bob White

        They have recently tried to differentiate themselves with the spindle grill and a little in the rear but the side view could be a multitude of other cars including Toyotas.
        I predict that just like to Acura beak, the spindle grill will be history in a few years.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Disagree on the side view as, especially in the RX/NX, you see a lot of origami-like folds. Even cars like the GS are sharply creased. And the word you were looking was “grille” not grill. Grills are for cooking. It’s not my favourite element, but I think we’ll see that spindle grille for at least as long as fossil fuel Lexus cars exist. Even after the radiator disappears, I predict we’ll still see some representation of the shape.

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