Road car vs. Track car
It’s 2016, and no longer do you need a German car to hold a proper performance sedan competition. In the latest episode of “Head 2 Head,” the Cadillac CTS-V takes on the Lexus GS F, and while the two cars may not have much in common, the comparison brings up an important question: Which is more worthy of the crown—the “road car” or the “track car?”
It’s not difficult to guess which one is the track car. The CTS-V packs 640 hp from its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, or 173 more hp than the GS F’s 5.0-liter V-8. The Caddy also benefits from 630 lb-ft of torque, up from 389 lb-ft in the Lexus. When taking the Cadillac around the track, Motor Trend’s resident race car driver Randy Pobst preferred the CTS-V to the Lexus.
But it’s not without faults, and co-host Jonny Lieberman was quick to point them out. “There’s a lack of involvement in this car,” he said, also noting the car’s unfortunately heavy steering. And what the Lexus lacks in power, it makes up for in its handling prowess.
By the end of the day, it was apparent this was going to be a tough call. Find out who wins—and how a 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham stretch limo performs around the Figure-eight—in the video below.