2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Review

Something about driving the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe makes you swagger when you step out of it. You'll find yourself walking into places with an authoritative air, as if you own the world. It has been said power corrupts, and while we wouldn't characterize the feeling as being corrupted per se, the phrase "infused with attitude" comes a lot closer.


Like so many high performance cars, the Cadillac can get from Aretha to Beyonce with insane quickness. However, unlike so many high performance cars, the CTS-V Coupe does it with a sophistication that completely belies its external appearance. While the angular, sharply drawn lines of the CTS-V Coupe would lead you to imagine a harsh ride and an all enveloping exhaust note, the CTS-V instead displays refinement.


Nail the throttle and the 556-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8 does make its presence audible, however rather than blasting a skin shredding bellow, the engine emits a warmly muted, yet undeniably powerful baritone--accompanied by skin shredding acceleration. The Corvette-sourced engine streaks the Coupe to sixty from rest in four seconds. Wind it to redline in second gear and you'll be doing 80 miles per hour, wearing a HUGE grin on your face.


Meanwhile, the suspension system is absorbing pavement irregularities with a degree of competence wholly in keeping with Cadillac's rep for old-school smooth. Yet, when the CTS-V is asked to turn in sharply, the body remains flat while the tires bite ravenously. Exhibiting outstanding balance, grip and agility, the CTS-V then heads swiftly off in the new direction you've chosen with no extraneous steering inputs or hesitation.

Ride = old school. Handling = new rules.


Behind the wheel, you and your fortunate accomplice are throned magnificently in a pair of Recaro's finest. Electrically adjustable and supremely comfortable, the seats' suede-like inserts keep you glued precisely in place, as even the most dynamic of acrobatics ensue. Speaking of that suede (OK, Alcantara) the material also covers the steering wheel, shift lever, and door panel inserts, imparting a new definition of sporty.


Essentially, what you have in the Cadillac CTS-V coupe is a contemporary reimagination of the Cadillac legacy. The car is indulgently luxurious, yet immensely capable and devastatingly powerful--the way Cadillacs started out being, way back when. What got lost as the makers of America's finest motorcar bought into longer, lower and wider was the marque's reputation for power and technological innovation. A cursory list of Cadillac innovations includes the first self-starter, the first independent front suspension and the first synchronized transmission. Back then, Cadillacs were routinely fitted with smooth, powerful and elegant V8, V12 and V16 engines.


So, while many may consider the outstanding performance of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe novel, in actuality, the car is merely living up to its birthright. One of the finest performance cars available today, when you get out of a Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, you'll feel like you own the world.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe pricing starts at $62,165.
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