2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2012 Audi
R8 GT

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

10.0

starting from

$42,605
"The biggest surprise though, would have to be the transmission...we were glad to have it."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's transmission
"The FE3 suspension on our tester manages the car’s considerable weight with supreme competence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Cadillac CTS 3.6

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Very inexpensive
$42,605
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More passenger seats
5
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Average highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Average range on the highway
486 miles
2012 Audi R8 GT

8.3

Runner-up

Audi R8 GT

starting from

$198,050

Reasons to buy the Audi R8 GT

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Great cornering ability
1 g
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Quite powerful
560 HP @ 8,000 RPM
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
11.6 s @ 122 mph
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
Cost 10.0 vs 5.9
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The best price we've seen is $155,445 cheaper (4.6x less), $42,605 vs $198,050
  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 13 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the CTS 3.6; optional upgrade on the R8 GT
  • The CTS 3.6 has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the CTS 3.6; no amount of money can buy it on the R8 GT
  • The CTS 3.6 has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 7
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the CTS 3.6's satellite radio; in the R8 GT, too, but it'll cost
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • The R8 GT has extraordinary brakes, and the CTS 3.6 is pretty good, too
Overall 10.0 vs 8.3

Cost

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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MSRP $42,605 vs $198,050 The CTS 3.6 has a great price, but the R8 GT is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 13 mpg The CTS 3.6 has OK city mileage, while the R8 GT is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The CTS 3.6 has an OK number of airbags while the R8 GT has very few (missing Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the CTS 3.6; optional upgrade on the R8 GT
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Entertainment System

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CTS 3.6
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2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Number of speakers 10 vs 7 The CTS 3.6 has an OK number of speakers, while the R8 GT has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the CTS 3.6's satellite radio; in the R8 GT, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes Both have subwoofers for a richer bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the CTS 3.6; no amount of money can buy it on the R8 GT

Luxury Features

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CTS 3.6
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2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Horsepower 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 560 HP @ 8,000 RPM The R8 GT is very powerful, while the CTS 3.6 is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the R8 GT's semi-automatic transmission and the CTS 3.6's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The R8 GT comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the CTS 3.6
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.7 lb/hp vs 6.0 lb/hp The R8 GT is a very sporty car, while the CTS 3.6 is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The R8 GT's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Passengers 5 vs 2 The CTS 3.6 has lots of passenger seats, but the R8 GT has very few
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Highway driving range 486 miles vs 376 miles The CTS 3.6 has OK highway range, but the R8 GT is very limited
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Cargo space 13.6 ft3 vs Unknown
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Optional vs Not Available The CTS 3.6 offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the R8 GT
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The R8 GT's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The R8 GT's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the CTS 3.6
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The CTS 3.6 has an OK number of cupholders while the R8 GT has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs 3.4 seconds The R8 GT has a good 0-60 time, but the CTS 3.6 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 108 ft vs 100 ft The R8 GT has extraordinary brakes, and the CTS 3.6 is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 95 mph vs 11.6 s @ 122 mph The R8 GT's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the CTS 3.6's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 1 g The R8 GT has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the CTS 3.6 is below average
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Top speed 146 mph vs Unknown

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