2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe supercharged V8 that makes 556 horsepower. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. It’s under $65,000. Not only that, but the larger cojones found on the V sedan are translated into the coupe’s styling, making for a car that’s at once audacious and vicious, with a beating heart of total lunacy.
Overall exterior Cadillac CTS-V dimensions are exactly the same as the base coupe, but the V-specific styling cues, namely the bulgier hood, sharper front grille, larger fog-light surrounds and the exposed dual pipes of the exhaust, define the strong character lines and overall shape.
CTS Coupe’s design is world class on the outside, it poses a few problems once you pass beyond those fancy door openers. Most noticeably, the raked rear window and chunky C-pillar make for obstructive blind spots, and even though Cadillac says that it’s lowered the seat height by two inches to compensate for the squatter roofline, we’re having a hard time believing what we’re told, especially with the ultra-comfortable and supportive Recaro chairs up front. But holy jeez do we love these seats, and if you’re shopping CTS-V Coupe, you’d be a total fool not to option up for them.
CTS-V Coupe’s acceleration is simply staggering, and with your foot pressed to the floor, you’ll hit 60 miles per hour just before “four Mississippi” escapes your lips. Asking the rear wheels to distribute 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of twist is a big task, and you can easily squeal the tires from every stop, even with traction control fully engaged.