2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Don Sherman Matt Tierney
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Matt Tierney

As I said in the comments for the (regular) CTS wagon and coupe, I am a big fan of these cars overall. I think this is the best looking line of Caddys since the 60s, and one of the best looking models offered by anyone right now.

So I was EXTREMELY excited to drive the V. I was not disappointed. This car is a blast to drive and really is unique. First of all, it is great-looking. We all know about the coupe's angular and aggressive profile, but the addition of the blackout 19-inch wheels really separates the V from the other CTS cars and give it a much more badass personality than the chrome wheels on the otherwise identical V that Joe DeMatio drove in Europe.

I got plenty of looks, thumbs up, and questions as I drove the car around the GM-country Detroit suburbs-presumably these people are aware of the car, but seeing it in person for the first time.

The interior is beautiful, and the Recaros address my biggest complaint about the CTS wagon-these seats are extremely adjustable and supportive. The backseat and trunk are surprisingly roomy and usable. This really is a high performance coupe that would be perfectly liveable.

A minor detail, but one worth mentioning, is the fact that the airflow around the car allows for the windows to be all the way down with absolutely no turbulence in the cabin-adding greatly to the driving experience and the ease in which one can engage the many people who want to ask you about the car at a stoplight.

On the road, the V offers tremendous performance when the driver demands it, but behaves itself very well unprovoked. Incredibly fast, but the smooth and very predictable power build-up along with the nice feedback through the wheel and suspension and the snappy gearbox make this car easy to push OR control.

As much as I love the look of the coupe, I'd probably opt for the wagon version of this car (for the sole reason that I have two kids), but this car was an easy selection and the first entry I wrote down on my AOY ballot.

Matt Tierney, Art Director

Eagleson1
You have to be kidding...my 2011 V Coupe has the fit, finish and overall quality of a Little Tikes Crazy Coupe (sold as Kids are Us). Those seeking a new Coupe need to look somewhere beside Cadillac.
CarNutToo
Very cool car and nice to see Cadillac getting its groove back. Looks and performance at a relatively bargain price. gybognarjr - are you kidding? Sounds like sour grapes for someone who overpaid for a German wundercar that will get its a** kicked for 1/2 the cost. And lowoctane - rear visibility and no spare? Puhleeze! "Gee, I like that Lambo but the rear visibility is poor so I'll get the Volvo wagon instead". This car is about passion and looks. I think people need to stop judging good product based on old GM experiences and open their eyes and mind to the new reality. Your old certainties are no longer valid.
lowoctane
I thought this car looked sharp. Alas, it has the rear visibility of a garbage truck.Also NO spare tire, and no place to put one.Government Motors loses on the CTS Coupe!
gybognarjr
Ugly and pointless car. Why pay a fortune for a lousy GM car?

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