2011 Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
vs. 2012 Audi
R8 GT

2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V

9.8

starting from

$64,520
"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 CTS-V

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Very inexpensive
$64,520
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More passenger seats
5
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Entertainment system
Standard
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Average number of airbags
5
2012 Audi R8 GT

8.6

Runner-up

Audi R8 GT

starting from

$198,050

Reasons to buy the Audi R8 GT

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Paddle shifters
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Power outlets
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Great cornering ability
1 g
Cost 10.0 vs 6.0
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Winner: CTS CTS-V
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  • The best price we've seen is $133,530 cheaper (3.1x less), $64,520 vs $198,050
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 14 mpg vs 13 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Winner: CTS CTS-V
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the CTS CTS-V; optional upgrade on the R8 GT
  • The CTS CTS-V has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Audi R8 GT Winner: R8 GT
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  • The R8 GT's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Very powerful
  • Both cars are sporty, but the R8 GT in particular is a responsive car
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
  • Very limited highway range
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars have extraordinary braking abilities
  • The R8 GT has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the CTS CTS-V is not bad, either
  • The R8 GT's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the CTS CTS-V is pretty good, too
Overall 9.8 vs 8.6

Cost

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CTS CTS-V
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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MSRP $64,520 vs $198,050 The CTS CTS-V has a reasonable price, while the R8 GT is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 13 mpg The CTS CTS-V 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

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CTS CTS-V
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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 CTS-V 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 CTS-V; optional upgrade on the R8 GT
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 10 vs 7 The CTS CTS-V 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 CTS-V'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 No vs Yes The R8 GT has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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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 CTS-V; no amount of money can buy it on the R8 GT

Luxury Features

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CTS CTS-V
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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

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CTS CTS-V
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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

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CTS CTS-V
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2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Horsepower 556 HP @ 6,100 RPM vs 560 HP @ 8,000 RPM Very powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the R8 GT's semi-automatic transmission and the CTS CTS-V's Manual 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 CTS-V
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Air compressor Supercharger vs None The CTS CTS-V's Supercharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 7.6 lb/hp vs 6.0 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the R8 GT in particular is a responsive car
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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

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CTS CTS-V
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V
2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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Passengers 5 vs 2 The CTS CTS-V has lots of passenger seats, but the R8 GT has very few
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Highway driving range 342 miles vs 376 miles Very limited highway range
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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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 CTS-V
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The CTS CTS-V 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

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CTS CTS-V
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2012 Audi R8 GT Audi
R8 GT
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0-60 mph 4.1 seconds vs 3.4 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 106 ft vs 100 ft Both cars have extraordinary braking abilities
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1/4 mile 12.4 s @ 117 mph vs 11.6 s @ 122 mph The R8 GT's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the CTS CTS-V is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.95 g vs 1 g The R8 GT has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the CTS CTS-V is not bad, either
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Top speed 179 mph vs Unknown

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