Mercedes AMG E63 vs Cadillac CTS-V: This Comparison Might Surprise You

The all-new Mercedes-AMG E63 has arrived looking for the crown of the best super saloon but first it needs to have a chat with the Cadillac CTS-V.

The Cadillac CTS-V is simply one of the best super saloons you can buy, if you live on the correct side of the Atlantic. Offering 640hp from its supercharged V8, this Caddy is still the horsepower champion in its class but this isn’t another American straight-line hero.

Instead, Cadillac’s super saloon grips and goes on the twisty stuff, revealing a rare talent for a car of this size.

The latest Mercedes AMG E63 on the other hand offers 604hp from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that are channelled to a trick all-wheel drive system that shuffles torque between axles all the time to make sure that all the horses will reach the tarmac.

AMG also added the now-famous Drift mode, which disengages the front axle completely, letting the driver to destroy the rear tires within minutes. The drawback of course to all this technology is weight, as the new E63 ended up being considerably heavier than the older Cadillac.

So it appears that the new and shiny German super saloon might have a difficult time in this fight against the lighter and more powerful American. To find out what happened, watch Motor Trend’s latest Head 2 Head film linked below.


  • Nick099

    When you factor in maintenance cost over the lifetime of the cars….the Caddy wins hands down.

    • Eunos

      Who cares? The Mercedes is way superior in every way. The Cadillac is just an outsider.

      • bd


        Not in looks nor handling/driving dynamics (and with the supercharger, the CTS-V doesn’t have turbo lag).

      • brn

        The $50K more expensive Mercedes is superior in every way? Did you watch the video? One way that it’s not superior is track times.

        • Silimarina

          And interior quality

      • Nick099

        Drive one, then comment.

      • Darnell Robeson

        U must not have even watched the video. Or simply know nothing about cars. Cause that’s factually not true

  • jsz00

    Johnny Lieberman has an obnoxious and punchable face and voice.

    • Polyester Poontang

      Is that you Donald?

    • Time to Close Its Doors

      Agreed, along with the fact that Motor Trend has lost it and represents decades of yore.

    • Enter Ranting

      You want to punch his voice?

  • Kash

    The reason they subdued the Caddy’s engine note was because they wanted to make the old school V8 American muscle sedan, but for the man who wears an expensive suit to work everyday, they wanted to clean up the American muscle sedan up, give it a shave, and put it in a tailored suit to match. That’s also why they lowered the power output from the Z06, or at least they say they did. After owning one, I’m not sure if they actually did because that thing feels like it puts down a lot more power than the spec sheet says and even just accelerating from 65 to 75-80 to pass someone, I’d sometimes feel like the rear end was trying to fishtail, so that was always fun. While I agree a sport exhaust mode would’ve been nice to give you that loud screaming V8 sound, that would’ve gone against the image Cadillac was trying to make with this car and I’m kinda glad they didn’t, the engine doesn’t need to be loud to prove it’s worth and the rumble and whine of the supercharger makes a very nice sound from the inside and outside of the car.

  • Christian

    You know what! As some living in Europe, you really don’t see a CTS-V, like never ever! I kinda would pick it over an M5 or E63 AMG.

    • Vassilis

      I understand how you can make the underdog choice in a way, hell I adore Holden’s HSVs, but I think the E63 S is the best sport saloon currently. Incredible car.

    • brn

      As someone who lives in Minnesota, I never see an E63. I guess it depends on where you live. 😉

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    İ absolutely like both and can not decide after all.
    But at the end i would go for Merc, but it is just because it is not a better car but newer.

    (Btw,Cosmos be with American V8,amen)

  • Ron

    I own the Caddy. I’m not at all surprised by the winner. I have owned countless German and Japanese made cars before buying the Caddy and it is by far the best car Ive ever owned. The only downside to this car is having to listen to friends and colleagues say “you bought a Cadillac?” as if I made a mistake. My response to them is yes, I also bought an Apple in 1999 when the masses were still in love with their PCs, but funny thing, no one ever says “you bought a mac?” anymore. Eventually the sheep will figure out what a great car the Caddy is, until then, I rather enjoy the elusiveness of my American made Bahn burner.

    • Nick099

      Nice to see someone else not following the crowd, looking for the best based on their own views.


    Just a quick question; has it always been Mercedes-AMG [Insert model here] since AMG models have been made or was this naming adopted in the past four years?

    • Daimler Benz bought all of AMG a few years ago and made 100% a Mercedes subsidiary.

      • LWOAP

        Thanks. It was bugging the shit out of me.

  • B.Stokes

    Cadillac has an image and branding problem.
    Though their interiors kind of suck they make great cars! People just want to feel good when spending a lot of money on a car. Cadillac hasn’t been able to do that consistently.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I have a CTS-V and the only let down is the interior. It’s nice and I like the design but you can tell with little things here and there that they have a long way to go. Thank goodness for Android Auto and volume controls on the steering wheel.

  • Kagan

    The Merc was faster around figure 8 despite having same lateral grip? Then it was not faster on track?

    The Merc could make the car better balanced and lighter but safety on and of track as reliability don’t allow them.

    We don’t know anything about the tyres.

  • SteersUright

    Take one look at the interior of the Caddy and then look at the Benz, you will NOT be walking back to revisit the Cadillac. Caddy surely has chassis dynamics figured out and…well nothing else. The car looks geriatric with tacky bolt ons and scoops for the “V” model while the MB looks stunning, all of a piece, and is a far more beautiful place to spend time. The only reason to pick the Cadillac is because of the massive discounting to be had, more bang for the buck n all that…

    • Nick099

      Yes, when you have to earn your own money “bang for the buck” does indeed factor in….in a very large way.
      Money is the name of the game in everything…with adults that is.

      • SteersUright

        In that case, march your adult butt right into a Kia dealership. It would be far more prudent and adult-like to purchase a value-vehicle and apply more of your hard earned towards retirement than blow it on luxury cars of any sort, from one adult to another (assuming).

    • Enter Ranting

      It’s subjective. I think the Caddy looks crisp and modern, and the Mercedes looks like a blob with goofy headlight graphics. Add $50,000 to the price of the Caddy and you might get an iPad that displays the gauges just like the Mercedes.

  • Darnell Robeson

    I already knew the outcome before watching it. The Benz is a little quicker because of its AWD. The Caddy is lighter and more agile. Costs less. Looks better and is more exclusive. Winner in my book.

  • eb110americana

    Basically this…
    -Handling and Feedback
    -Chassis stability
    -Laptime (corners)
    -More peak power

    -Straight-line acceleration (significant turbo advantage vs. Cadillac’s supercharging)
    -Figure-8 time
    -Beating a backroad into submission with AWD tech (vs. the Caddy’s finesse)
    -All-weather traction
    -Engine note
    -Brand name recognition

  • smartacus

    i can’t stand watching talentless Johnny Loserman.
    He had to suck off a lot of people to get his job.

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