New for 2015
The Cadillac CTS-V introduces a Coupe Special Edition that will comprise the last 500 CTS-V Coupes to be made before the 2016 CTS-V Sedan and ATS-V Coupe arrive. A 2015 CTS-V sedan will not be produced, leaving the Coupe as the only CTS for 2015.
The Cadillac CTS-V is a high-performance two-door luxury sports coupe, and for 2015 does not feature a sedan variant. In size, the CTS-V fits above the ATS and below the XTS.
The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque, and can roast the rear tires through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is a wallet-thinning 12/18 mpg city/highway with the automatic, and 14/19 mpg with manual. The CTS-V Coupe ramps up the dynamic performance by adding more than horsepower, with features such as magnetic ride control, Brembo high-performance brakes, Recaro performance seats, a g-meter that displays lateral acceleration, and a chassis tuned on the world’s greatest racetracks.
The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
What We Think
Although the CTS-V is no longer available as a sedan or wagon for the 2015 model year, worry not, muscle car enthusiasts, 2016 will see the introduction of a CTS-V sedan with more power but the discontinuation of the coupe. If you prefer your hot rod luxury car in coupe form, the new ATS Coupe returns for 2016 available in ATS-V form, powered by a hopped up version of the twin-turbo V-6 fount in the CTS Vsport. If you prefer to row your own gears, the ATS-V will be your choice after the last of the CTS-V Coupes are all sold; the 2016 CTS-V sedan will only come with an eight-speed automatic.
We had the opportunity to drive the first of the final 500 CTS-V Coupe Special Editions, which feature some dark-finished trim materials. We took it to a local racetrack and observed: “With the tires warm, the CTS-V dives into tight corners with confidence, and it stays poised until I dip deeper into the gas and break the rear tires loose. Predictable powerslides are stupidly easy. For a platform that’s 7 years old, this chassis doesn’t show its age.” The CTS-V Coupe “is an uneven blend of obscene power, surprising poise, polarizing style, piss-poor packaging, and strange seductiveness. It’s a messy mix of traits that no one should long for in years to come but should salute in the here and now.”
With the 2016 CTS-V sedan on the way along with an ATS-V coupe and sedan plus the fun CTS Vsport model, it’s a good time to be a performance enthusiast and Cadillac fan.
- Supercharged V-8
- Last CTS-V to get a manual transmission
- Easy powerslides
You Won’t Like
- Fuel economy
- Only 500 lucky owners for 2015
- Buyer’s remorse: ATS-V and CTS-V are new for 2016
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