You can buy a 400-horsepower Cadillac V-Series for less than a Honda Accord

I don't know about everyone else, but I love good ones Sleeping car. It's always funny to slap other drivers in the face with the power and performance of an innocuous car. Quite a few automakers have given us factory sleepers before, and two sleeper models from Cadillac They're too cheap to ignore now, years later. In fact, you can get one for less than the cost of brand new Honda Accord.

In mid-2010, Cadillac still found itself wanting to emulate German brands. It had BMW 3 and 5 Series fighters in CTS And Amphetamine stimulants As well as excellent game performance on lock Fifth Versions For both cars. However, the brand needed something for those who didn't want to go full V-car but also didn't want to go the simple luxury Cadillac route with standard cars. So Cadillac went and created the V-Sport model.

For context, one might assume that the V-Sport played in the same arena as other no-show models like BMW's M Sport, Audi's S-Line, and Mercedes' AMG Line. But this was one of the rare cases where GM gave us solid support and did things right. The V-Sport cars were actually performance models. Cadillac has only produced two models in the V-Sport segment: the CTS and XTS full-size sedans.

2013 Cadillac XTS V-Sport

2013 Cadillac XTS V-Sport
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The XTS V-Sport was the quieter of the two cars, but nothing to take away from it. Cadillac used a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 410 horsepower. It paired this engine with other bits like an all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring and a limited-slip differential, a six-speed automatic and GM's Magnetic Ride Control. The result was a large luxury sedan that could Hit 60 mph In just over five seconds. But that performance costs you at the pump with V8 fuel economy of 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. And it wasn't cheap at $73,340 fully loaded.

2013 Cadillac CTS V-Sport
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The CTS-V Sport was the drivers' car. Just under $62,000 (a fully loaded CTS-V Sport was about $76,000) got you the same twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 with 420 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque, adaptive magnetorheological shocks, Brembo brakes and an electronic limited-slip rear. difference. It all adds up to performance that was the same as or better than the first-generation CTS-V with the 5.7-liter V8. The CTS-V Sport can Hit 60 mph In just 4.5 seconds. And unlike the XTS V-Sport, it did so in rear-wheel drive only.

Now the models are a little older, and these things are some of the best kept performance secrets on the market. Although both low-mileage models can cost $30,000 or much more, if you can handle the high mileage, you can find both models for cheap.

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This is the 2014 CTS-V Sport With just over 62,000 miles, it's priced at just $22,998 in Florida. This is a great car if you want something a little more gravity From a used Civic or Corolla.

The XTS V-Sport is always cheaper than the CTS from what I've seen. This works in buyers' favor, of course. This example In Mississippi it's just $20,995 even though it has 85,519 miles on it. But if you're looking for something fast, comfortable and can fly under the radar, you should drive yesterday's V-Sport Cadillac.

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