DETROIT—Cadillac’s all-new twin-turbo sporting CTS Vsport sedan has laid down a lap time in the range of a pair of production Porsches at one of the world’s most infamous test tracks.
According to Cadillac, the midsize performance-meets-luxury sedan recorded a lap time of 8:14.10 at Germany’s famed Nürburgring—almost six seconds faster than the first-generation CTS-V equipped with a larger V8 engine.
The Nürburgring—known simply as ‘the Ring’—and its Nordschleife course boasted a grueling 20.8 kilometres that make up what is widely considered the most demanding course for vehicle validation in the world.
“The Nürburgring’s extreme conditions allow us to push cars to the limits of stability, steering, braking, ride and handling,” Cadillac executive chief engineer Dave Leone said in a statement.
“The new CTS models had a lot to live up to considering the nameplate’s history of outstanding performance, and we were not disappointed.”
The CTS Vsport’s respectable lap time puts it more than one second faster than the Porsche Cayman S and more than two seconds faster than the Porsche Boxster S, two lap times set in 2009.
Set to hit showrooms this fall, the CTS Vsport model starts at around $60,000, and features Cadillac’s new twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 engine that produces an estimated 420-horsepower.