By KBB.com Editors
The verdict is in on Cadillac's STS-V: It's an unmitigated success. Some had doubts a Cadillac could ever play in the same arena as the famed M from BMW, the AMG by Mercedes-Benz or the R from Jagaur, but the STS-V has left even its harshest critics slack jawed. Why? Here's part of the reason: A 469-horsepower supercharged V8 teamed to a super-taut chassis and a fluid body with razor-sharp good looks. The STS-V has the acceleration (zero-to-60 miles per hour in less than five-seconds), braking and handling to place it among the world's best, making it easy for proud American driving enthusiasts to get behind the wheel. It also includes all the luxury one would expect from America's quintessential luxury car manufacturer.You'll Like This Car If...
Head-over-heels in love with the CTS-V's looks, but crave the technical wizardry and opulent interiors associated with BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles? If you can swing the higher price tag, the STS-V can satisfy both demands.You May Not Like This Car If...
In the eyes of many status seekers, BMW's blue and white propeller badge easily trumps Cadillac's wreath and crest. If image is more important than performance, the STS-V's impressive statistics may not be enough to overcome its Detroit background and reputation.What's Significant About This Car?
No major changes for 2007.Driving It Driving Impressions
The STS-V's sport-tuned suspension is an impressive piece of engineering, holding the car tightly in the sharpest curves while delivering excellent feedback to the driver through the nicely-weighted steering and responsive brakes. There's no shortage of power from the supercharged V8 engine, which propels the 4,300-pound STS-V like a rock leaving a slingshot. While it isn't as fluid through a canyon run as some other factory-tuned sedans, the STS-V's sport-tuned suspension delivers impressive cornering limits. To ensure the STS-V's abundant power doesn't overwhelm the driving experience, Cadillac has created a unique four-mode version of its StabiliTrak stability control system, with settings for comfort, sport and competitive driving styles. The system seems to work best in the sport mode, delivering a balanced combination of ride comfort and handling.Favorite Features
The Head-Up Display works by projecting a digital readout onto the lower portion of the windshield. Without ever removing your eyes from the road, you can view pertinent information about speed, audio and cruise control settings.
Adaptive Remote Start
A first in this field, Cadillac's remote start not only allows the car to be started from as far away as 200 feet, but it can also activate a number of preset commands, including operations for heating, air conditioning and defrost.