Two of the hottest vehicles GM ever made, the new Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac CTS-V, touched elbows at the Showtime Speedway in Florida to prove which one is faster in a straight-line acceleration.
The super sedan, which used to roll with the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63, is more powerful than its younger and sparkier cousin from the bowtie brand, but it does have two extra doors and a generous boot, so it loses the weight game by around 1,000 pounds (455 kg).
As for the official numbers, the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine pumps out 640 horsepower (649 PS / 477 kW) and 630 pound-feet (855 Nm) of torque. The CTS-V needs a staggering 3.7 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h), from a standstill, and once in motion, it will stop at 200 mph (322 km/h), on a long straight.
Now, as the new Corvette is already an internet sensation, and for plenty good reasons, including that it offers supercar performance in a package that starts at less than $60,000, almost every petrol head knows the numbers by heart.
Still, it’s worth reminding ourselves that it can hit the 60 mph (96 km/h) mark in less than 3 seconds after setting off, and reach a top speed of 194 mph (312 km/h). The naturally breathing 6.2-liter LT2 V8, positioned behind the seats, makes up to 495 HP (502 PS / 369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) with the Z51 package.
Now, to make it more interesting, the two cars went against each other from standing and rolling starts, at different speeds. As a bonus footage, you can watch the CTS-V drag race a tuned Chevy Silverado, with around 530 WHP.