The CTS coupe is a fine car, but it didn't inspire much emotion when I drove it a few weeks ago. But climbing into this 2011 Cadillac CTS-V coupe was an entirely different experience. The suede steering wheel, gloss-black trim, and coddling Recaro bucket seats transform the interior and taunt you with suggestions of what this car is capable of.
As it did to Rusty, the CTS-V implored me to squeal, smoke, and generally destroy the rear tires at every chance. The V coupe is comfortable and accessible no matter what your speed or driving habits are, but if you can appreciate what's under the hood you'll be exercising the 556-hp supercharged V-8 anytime you're out of sight of law enforcement. You'll also look for any opportunity to row through the absolutely perfect manual gearbox and curse at any traffic that forces you to take turns at less than 0.8 g. I love that the stability control button is planted right in front of your thumb on the steering wheel and how well calibrated the sport mode is. Even the aesthetics of our test car were fantastic. Red paint with black wheels? Perfect. Rusty is right, however, that the pedals are spaced a bit too far apart. And that is my sole complaint about the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V coupe.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor