Open Letters to Cadillac Corporate Discussion, make the sts-v a player in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; BMW M5-500 hp; SL55 AMG-500 hp. If the STS-V is to be perceived a genuine player in the luxury sedan ...
BMW M5-500 hp; SL55 AMG-500 hp. If the STS-V is to be perceived a genuine player in the luxury sedan market, it must be outfitted with a sufficiently powerful engine to at least seem to match the real players. What about it, Caddy men?
I run 420 hp, 6 speed manual, on a '02 special edition Pontiac F body. My brother's SL 55 AMG did not take long to whup me, and my auto is not as heavy as a STS. Then, there is the "well, how much hp does your car have" question to be countered.
What is the problem with Cadilllac not wanting to best the German engineers? That probably sum up the issue: settling for 2d best.
Plus (not to make excuses), this is the first generation of V series products and they're already excellent! They're gaining on some, equaling others, and surpassing most of the competition (at a very fast rate). Just wait until the V12's hit the road!!!
I've heard rumors of V10 versions of the V12! Which might fit into future STS-V's. :coolgleam
The STS and STS-V compete with the BMW 5 series, BMW 7 series, Mercedes-Benz E class, and the Mercedes-Benz S class.
The closest competitor to the STS-V is the aluminum Jaguar XJR.
The E55 AMG doesn't have a chassis to match its engine. The same can be said for the rest of the AMG lineup except for the C55, CLK55, and the SLK55.
That said, the Cadillac CTS-V should get the LS2 and not the supercharged Northstar V-8 because it would add weight and cost to the CTS-V. There is a much bigger aftermarket for the LS6 and LS2 than the Northstar V-8. A bigger percentage of enthusiasts modify the M3 than the M5.