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