Someone at the Times of London has written a meandering but fundmentally positive review of the new Cadillac CTS-V and then signed Jeremy Clarkson’s name to it. Jeremy Clarkson is an English Broadcaster, and one of three presenters of the British television show Top Gear. Apparently he also writes for the Times.
Someone is in trouble. Top Gear is a fun watch, and has a lot of character built up in the show. They have great traditions on how they test cars and how they discuss them, so that the audience knows more or less what to expect at each step. One of the things we have come to expect is that American cars will be pilloried by the program.
I liken it to a story I once heard of two brothers. The older brother was a good sort. The younger brother however was a natural athlete, quite good looking, someone who seemed to lead a bit of a charmed life. The older brother missed no chance to suggest that the younger was perhaps a bit simpleminded, or stupid. It was not true, but he was left with no other areas he COULD compete, you see. The US and UK are great friends and allies, and especially these days we’re all in this together. But I think someone with a heady sense of history and wistful for another time when Britain ‘ruled the world’ has little other way to compete than to suggest that Americans are somehow less cultured or more boorish.
Anyway, back on topic! Here are some key descriptions of the CTS-V from the article by vehicle area:
The interior is a nice place to be.
The exterior is a good looking car.
It sounds more refined than an AMG.
So make no mistake: financially, the Cadillac smashes the M5, completely and utterly.
And here’s the next part. Round the Nürburgring, it smashes it again
First the markets go upside down, now Clarkson LIKES an AMERICAN car? I am losing my grip on how things are supposed to be. I am not complaining, I am just stunned. The entire Cadillac CTS-V release is very much that way though — this car is just BETTER than I expected.
The Clarksometer You’d be mad to buy anything else