With a design that looks likea street-level Stealth Bomber,Cadillac’s new CTS-V Coupe is a chiseled speed demon that should give great excitement to drivers who want Cadillac style with Corvette power under the hood.
The Cadillac with the 556-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine can run with the baddest of the boys and then unashamedly ease into the valet line at the Ritz-Carlton. The CTS Coupe is a luxury coupe, but when you add the “V,” it becomes a luxury performance coupe. The 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 twists out 551 lb.-ft. of torque, enabling the V Coupe to reach 60 miles an hour from a standstill in a dragster-like 3.9seconds, which means it can get to 60 mph faster than you can read this sentence. This is a Cadillac made for driving enthusiasts, with the most powerful engine ever offered in any Cadillac.
Outfitted with optional Recaro high performance racing seats in front, the CTS-V Coupe is as comfortable as it gets. The seats are heated and adjust 14 ways. The leather interior is cooled by dual-zone air and it has standard navigation, XM Satellite Radio with traffic service, Bluetooth, seat memory, adaptive headlamps, a power tilt/telescope steering wheel with controls, keyless access with pushbutton start and rear park assist. And call me crazy, but I love the smell of the interior of a Cadillac; it reminds me of a fine shoe store.
The doors of the coupe have no outside handles, just buttons on the back side of the sheet metal that electronically pop the doors open. It just adds to the sleek and cut look of the car. Standard wheels are 19-inch painted aluminum, with optional satin graphite versions. The vehicle is equipped with Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, which the company bills as the “world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology.”
Love it or hate it, the car has a shape that evokes emotion. The sharply-angled design is vaguely similar to the cut look of other Cadillacs, but this design is on steroids. The centered dual exhausts and tall tail lamps are something other drivers will have to get used to seeing as the CTS-V speeds away from redlights.
Bringing all this power to a halt requires serious brakes, and the Brembos at all four corners handle the job. Also, Michelin has partnered with Cadillac to produce special Pilot Sport summer performance tires for the CTS-V Coupe.
The coupe version of the CTS-Vstarts at $62,165, and options can add up quickly, especially if you select the Recaro racing seats at $3,400. You’ll also have to give the government an extra $1,300 gas guzzler tax because the supercharged V-8 manages only 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. The bottom line on the test CTSV Coupe was $69,440. But you’d be hard pressed to find a better value in a luxury performance coupe.
This CTS-V Coupe – this Cadillac Batmobile - is great fun to drive and just as fun to look at.