Super Sedan Design Shootout – 2016 Lexus GS-F vs. 2016 Cadillac CTS-V vs. E63 AMG vs. M5



 

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Super Sedans 2016 design shootout

INTRO: How freaky does that sliced image montage look above!?  Despite the four car’s here not quite matching up in the photos we have at hand, they all share a great deal of buyer and market appeal.

For shoppers needing supercar pace with room for five people, there have never been more choices.

Very exciting times in the super-sedan business!

In a segment that the BMW M5 once owned all to itself, the current M5 Jahre 30 Edition is a run-out special for 2015 that feels ancient versus the latest AMG, Cadillac and Lexus four-doors.

To save the M5 a shaming here as the oldest car in the comparison, you need to know that a new M5 is coming very, very soon. We expect the new 5 Series as soon as this year as a 2016 model, with the M5 coming shortly afterward in early calendar 2016. The second caveat? BMW lovers can choose an M6 Gran Coupe or the ALPINA B6 in the US market for the first time ever this year.

So the M5 might be down, but BMW is definitely not out.

SCORING CRITERIA

 

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To score something subjective like design, we need solid criteria.

This shootout will focus on three success metrics for the designs from each angle, with the most total category wins ranked from top to bottom:

  • Most Hardcore Performance (Look/Feel)

  • Most Expensive and Distinctive (vs base models)

  • Freshest and Newest Design

There are 40 full-size photos in this article, but below each of the five angles is a quick write-up, and finally the score tallies at the bottom summary of the article.

Super Sedan Design Shootout

NOSE

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Crystal White Tricoat 6

2016 Lexus GS F 7

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Crystal White Tricoat 10

 

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Car-Revs-Daily.com Road Tests the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model Estate 5 The White Knight -- 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model On Camera + 21 All-New Photos 4  The White Knight -- 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model On Camera + 21 All-New Photos 2     Car-Revs-Daily.com 2014 BMW M5 Jahre 30 US Debut 10     Car-Revs-Daily Track Tests 2014 BMW M5 2 The Cadillac scores huge points with its carbon-fiber splitter, unique black-mesh grille, and bulging hood that are all far meaner than even the current CTS Vsport. The CTS-V, like the M5, loses points for its boring round bi-xenon headlights. The outer edge of LED pillars in the corners of the Cadillac are cooler than the BMW’s round angel eyes – but not very special because they are also on the base CTS.

The BMW and Cadillac fall far below the triple LED low and highbeams of the Lexus, and the box-design lamps on the Mercedes.

The GS F benefits greatly from leading the new look of the GS lineup altogether. But until the base GS models are revised, the GS F is in a unique style universe by the second category below.

Most Hardcore Performance (Look/Feel)

Cadillac CTS-V

Most Expensive and Distinctive (vs base models)

Lexus GS F

Freshest and Newest Design

E63

FRONT THREE_QUARTER ANGLE

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2016 Lexus GS F 2

2016 Lexus GS F 312014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC  CarRevsDaily.com - Fun Car Gifs - 2014 E63 AMG 4MATIC S-Model in 30 High-Res Images18Car-Revs-Daily.com 2014 BMW M5 Jahre 30 US Debut 7Car-Revs-Daily Track Tests 2014 BMW M5 5

Most Hardcore Performance (Look/Feel)

Cadillac CTS-V

Most Expensive and Distinctive (vs base models)

E63

Freshest and Newest Design

Lexus GS F

PROFILE

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Crystal White Tricoat 272016 Lexus GS F 42014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATICCarRevsDaily.com - Fun Car Gifs - 2014 E63 AMG 4MATIC S-Model in 30 High-Res Images6The White Knight -- 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model On Camera + 21 All-New Photos 12Car-Revs-Daily Track Tests 2014 BMW M5 11

Most Hardcore Performance (Look/Feel)

BMW M5

Most Expensive and Distinctive

(vs base models)

Cadillac CTS-V

Freshest and Newest Design

Lexus GS F

REAR THREE_QUARTER ANGLE

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2014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATICThe White Knight -- 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model On Camera + 21 All-New Photos 16Car-Revs-Daily Track Tests 2014 BMW M5 26

Most Hardcore Performance (Look/Feel)

Cadillac CTS-V

Most Expensive and Distinctive

(vs base models)

E63

Freshest and Newest Design

Lexus GS F

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Most Hardcore Performance (Look/Feel)

Cadillac CTS-V

Most Expensive and Distinctive

(vs base models)

Cadillac CTS-V

Freshest and Newest Design

Lexus GS F

 

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