Canadian International AutoShow 2019 – Post Show Report and Thoughts

The 500 hp Four Door Club – Cadillac CT6-V, BMW M5 Competition and Jaguar XE Project 8

Cadillac CT6-V

Canadian International Autoshow 2019 - Cadillac CT6-V

Uncertainty loomed for the Cadillac CT6 when General Motors announced plans to close the plant that produces it in January of 2020. With less than 12 months of production, the CT6-V has the potential to become a future classic sports sedan.

Both the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V will be discontinued in the spring of 2019. As a result, the previously designated CT6 V-Sport has been bumped up to full CT6-V status.

The CT6-V will be the first Cadillac to feature a “hot V” turbocharged V8 engine named “Blackwing”. With twin-turbos tucked in between the cylinders to minimize lag, the handcrafted 4.2L engine puts out 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. This is the same type of configuration found on many of Cadillac’s German competitors like Mercedes-AMG, BMW and Porsche.

Compared to the German super sedans, the Cadillac CT6-V is still outgunned by the likes of the E63 S AMG and M5 even with the new lighter chassis and AWD system. To say Cadillac has their work cut out for them would be an understatement. We will see if Cadillac can take down the German uber sedans when they replace the CTS-V and ATS-V.

BMW M5 Competition

Canadian International Autoshow 2019 - BMW M5 Competition

Speaking of setting the bar high, the BMW M5 is getting the Competition treatment for 2019. It’s being sold as a new trim level instead of an option package, adding 17 hp over the standard car. The 4.4L twin-turbo V8 for now rated at 617 hp with torque staying the same at 553 lb-ft.

As if the F90 M5 is not fast enough, the Competition will launch from 0-60 mph in 2.8s and rip through the 1/4 mile in 10.8s.

Similar to the M2, M3 and M4, the M5 Competition is also equipped with stiffer suspension and chassis setup. Considering how the other Competition cars all received praise for improved driving dynamics, I would expect the same from the M5 Competition as well.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Canadian International Autoshow 2019 - Jaguar XE SV Project 8

If you feel the Cadillac CT6-V and BMW M5 Competition are too tame, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 should be spicy enough for you. The Project 8 was developed by Jaguar’s Special Vehicles Operations as a track special. Its primary objective was to set the Nurburgring sedan lap record held by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

The jungle cat on steroids smashed the sedan record Ring time by 11 seconds with a blistering 7:21.2 lap. That’s as fast as a Ferrari 488 GTB supercar! To celebrate, the British automaker will put the XE SV Project 8 sedan into limited production of 300 cars worldwide.

Just like the record setting car, the Project 8 will be powered by supercharged 5.0L V8 sending 592 hp through a ZF 8-speed automatic. It will officially be the most powerful Jaguar production car in history, exceeding even the F-Type SVR and XJ220.

Even with generous application of carbon fiber body panels, the Project 8 is still no featherweight at 3,847 lbs. It was capable of setting the lap time with the help of sticky Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires under its flared fenders, carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive suspension and a re-calibrated AWD system.

It is obvious the Project 8 is not just a haphazardly slapped together trim level of the XE. Instead, it is a properly engineered and built street legal track car sharing only 20% of components with the base model. Its $208,000 Canadian price tag is reflective of how special it is, eclipsing just about every sports sedan on the market.

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