If this were a two-word
car review, it would read simply "556 horsepower." And for some cars, that might cover it. But what's even more impressive than its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 is the refinement with which the CTS-V delivers that power. We're not talking about the world-class exterior and interior styling, but rather the balance and feel the CTS-V delivers on the kind of tight, winding roads on which you'd expect it to falter. The 2009
Cadillac CTS-V starts at about $63,000, or around $25,000 less than European options like the
BMW M5 and
Mercedes-Benz E63. Last two: Legitimate competitor.