The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful, the quickest and the fastest 4-door production sedan in the world and before the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V was introduced online, the Charger had no real competition from either of the American automaker. However, now that GM has announced their plans to produce to the Z06-powered CTS-V sedan, the Hellcat Charger will have some solid competition in the high performance sedan segment.
Today, we look at the numbers for the new Cadillac CTS-V and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Drivetrains: Hellcat Charger VS LT4 CTS-V
First off, both the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V are powered by supercharged V8 engines measuring 6.2 liters and the power is sent to the rear wheels via 8-speed automatic transmissions in both cars. The Dodge is powered by the Hellcat Hemi, with 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque while the Caddy is powered by the same LT4 as the one used in the Corvette Z06, but in the new CTS-V, the new blown GM small block “only” delivers 640 horsepower and 630lb-ft of torque due to a change in the oiling system. This gives the Charger an advantage of 67 horsepower and 20lb-ft of torque, but the Charger also weighs significantly more.
The Cadillac is expected to have a curb weight of 4,145 pounds while the Charger weighs a heftier 4,560 pounds. This gives the Caddy a substantial weight advantage of 415 pounds, but due to the massive advantage in engine output, the Charger still has an advantage in power to weight ratio. The Charger has a ratio of 6.45 pounds per horsepower while the CTS-V has a ratio of 6.48 pounds or horsepower. This is a very (very) small difference, but in a battle of inches, this advantage makes a difference.
This advantage in power to weight ratio is why the Dodge Charger Hellcat has a top speed 4 miles per hour better and it is also why the Charger could outrun the lighter CTS-V in the quarter mile – although we will have to wait for official quarter mile times from GM to know for sure which is quicker in stock form.
Handling Head to Head
While the true test of handling capabilities between the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will be staged in the real world on a collection of race track, we can make some guesses as to what we can expect when these two super sedans hit the road course. Both cars feature high tech adjustable suspension setups, with the Cadillac sporting the newest GM Magnetic Selective Ride Control system and the Charger packing the latest version of their three-mode suspension package which has been specifically tuned for the Hellcat package. Both cars feature Brembo brakes with 15.4 inch rotors up front, but the Cadillac has slightly larger brakes out back (14.4” to Dodge’s 13.6” rotors) so when combined with the lighter weight, the CTS-V should be able to get stopped quicker…although that will also have to be proven.
The past CTS-V has proven to be one of the best handling sedans in the world so the Charger Hellcat will have to prove that it can handle the turns better than the 640hp Caddy. When you consider the fact that the previous CTS-V models were such amazing road course cars combined with the fact that the newest CTS-V has bigger brakes and it weighs 415lbs less than the Hellcat Charger, it looks on paper as though the Caddy should have an advantage in terms of handling.
Of course, that is all based on speculation based on numbers and past performances so when the two cars meet in the real world – results may vary.
Charger Should Have a Big Price Advantage
When comparing the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, the two cars are very similar in many ways with the biggest known difference right now being the 67 horsepower advantage of the Hellcat Hemi. We don’t know the pricing of the new Cadillac super sedan just yet, but we do know that the Hellcat Charger starts at $62,295. We also know that the 2015 Cadillac CTS V Sport with the 420hop twin turbo V6 starts just over $60,000 and the previous CTS-V sedan started right around $65,000.
Considering that the new Cadillac CTS-V has a ton more horsepower, a ton more torque, a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a collection of high performance features, I would expect that the newest CTS-V sedan would at least cost a coupe grand more than the previous version. If the 2016 CTS-V costs $3,000 more than the 2013 model, we can expect a base MSRP of roughly $68,000 so before any options have been added on – the Charger could cost almost 10% less than the Cadillac while packing more power and being faster.
With the new Cadillac CTS-V slated to debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, we should know all about the newest super sedan within the next few weeks. At that point, we should have a better idea of how the CTS-V will match up with the 707 horsepower Hellcat Hemi powered Dodge Charger.