For too long Cadillac was known for big cars with boaty rides. Not anymore. The new supercharged, 6.2-liter, 556 hp V8-powered CTS-V coupe is the hottest Caddy ever
The new CTS-V coupe, which hit dealer showrooms in September, is the hottest Cadillac ever. Powered by a massive V8 engine similar to the one in the Corvette ZR1, the V coupe offers supercar acceleration coupled with radical styling that turns heads wherever it goes. The windshield and rear roof line are sharply raked, and there’s a big air vent up front to feed extra oxygen to the engine. The CTS-V coupe is far from cheap: It can easily top 70 grand with options. There’s nothing else on the road at that price, however, that can match this car’s combination of raw speed and distinctive styling. If those are your priorities, we suggest test-driving the CTS-V coupe against a 2011 BMW M3 coupe. It may surprise you.
The dash and front-seat layout are similar to the ones in the CTS sedan. The coupe is tighter inside, however, with less headroom and a cramped rear seat that holds only two passengers. The lack of rear doors makes the back seat hard to get in and out of.
The powerplant is the most powerful Cadillac has ever offered, a supercharged, 6.2-liter, 556 horsepower V8 that generates 551 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed stick shift is standard, a six-speed automatic optional at no extra cost. All-wheel drive is not offered.
Cadillac says the CTS-V coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds, which puts it ahead of the BMW M3 (rated to do 0 to 60 in 4.5-4.7 seconds) and only slightly behind such supercars as the Chevy Corvette ZR1, Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing, and Ferrari California.
The CTS-V coupe is rated to get 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 on the highway with a stick shift, or 12/18 with an automatic. The BMW M3 coupe is rated at 14/20 with stick or automatic, the Chevy Corvette at 16/26 with a stick and 15/25 with an automatic.
The CTS-V coupe doesn’t yet have government crash test ratings, but comes standard with stability and traction control and front, side, and front-and-rear head-protecting air bags, as well as big, hard-biting Brembo antilock disc brakes.
Starting price is $64,290, including a $1,300 gas guzzler tax. Average selling price is $68,204, according to the Power Information Network, higher than the 2011 Audi S5 coupe ($60,985) and Porsche Cayman ($65,624), and on par with BMW’s M3 coupe ($68,322).