2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 vs. 2013 Cadillac CTS-V

By Emme Hall.

Who doesn’t love some good old American muscle? It’s what we’re known for. We may be catching up when it comes to small, nimble, lightweight cars, but if you want to go real fast in a straight line, you want a Detroit Drag Strip Destroyer. Today we’re looking at the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and the 2013 Cadillac CTS-V. Both are high horsepower luxury sedans, but only one can be the victor.

The 2013 SRT8 gets a 6.4L V8, knocking out 470 horsepower and 470 lb/ft of torque. Power gets to the rear wheels via a five speed automatic with paddle shifters. 60 mph comes in a super quick 4.7 seconds and EPA fuel ratings are 14 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 17 combined.

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Your SRT8 will be very well equipped. Standard features include 20” wheels with high performance tires, heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, satellite radio, remote start, foglights, navigation, the excellent Uconnect touchscreen interface with an 8.4” screen, Garmin navigation, Brembo brakes, your choice of three sport suspension levels, launch control, sport tuned steering, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, sport seats, and the enviable heated/cooled cupholders.

Though the SRT8 is a large car, it is also a driver’s car. Steer by throttle to get it around the curves, or hammer down and drift until your tires are in shreds. Steering is precise and communicative, body roll is kept to a minimum, and though the ride is firm, its not uncomfortable by any means. The SRT8 leaps off the line and it’s quite easy to pin it at every opportunity, but expect your MPGs to suffer accordingly. Fortunately the good folks at SRT included a mechanical limited slip differential, helping to keep you planted in the corners with a minimum of wheel spin.

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8

The 2013 Cadillac CTS-V gets a 6.2L supercharged V8, good for 556 horsepower and 551 lb/ft of torque. Power gets to the rear wheels via a standard six speed transmission, although a six speed automatic is available. The Caddy scoots from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. EPA fuel ratings are 14 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined for the manual, and 12/18/14 for the automatic.

The CTS-V comes standard with 19” wheels with summer performance tires, adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, foglamps, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, cruise control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, navigation, satellite radio, iPod connectivity, and the CUE touchscreen interface.

2013 Cadillac CTS-V

Like the SRT8, the CTS-V is a large sedan. Unlike the SRT8, it suffers a bit in the corners, even with a limited slip differential. Select either Touring or Sport mode, the CTS-V has a good balance between a firm ride and a comfortable ride. Steering is very direct and communicative, weighting up nicely with speed.

2013 Cadillac CTS-V

The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 starts at $49,450. The 2013 Cadillac CTS-V starts at $64,515. The Caddy wins points for being available in a manual transmission, which means a lot to me. The SRT8, however, is more maneuverable, has a better touchscreen interface, and is $15K less expensive to boot.

Place the tiara on the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8. And get me a soda for the cooled cupholder.

(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Cadillac and Chrysler.)