2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

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Without a doubt, the CTS coupe is the most striking example of Cadillac's angular design language. The new V coupe adds legitimate performance to back up its sporty styling. More importantly, unlike some luxury sports cars, the V isn't tuned for the track at the detriment of real-world driving. Cadillac managed to add performance to the standard coupe with only minor sacrifices to its everyday drivability and its ability to coddle its occupants. Specifically, the V coupe didn't make me suffer every time I hit rough pavement or cringe when I encountered a railroad crossing but it was still fun to drive aggressively when I had the opportunity.

Inside, the cabin is more spacious than I expected from a wedge-shaped coupe -- at least in the front seat -- and the overall style is an attractive mix of sport and luxury. The suede on the shifter and steering wheel looks great and is a reasonably priced option ($350) that adds some character to the mostly flat black surfaces -- although on the 90-degree day that I drove the V coupe, it was hard to enjoy the suede's fuzzy texture; I'm sure I'd appreciate it more in cool weather. The manual gearbox requires a satisfyingly deliberate motion but the long throws made it hard to complete shifts as quickly as I wanted. I also found the placement of the shifter a bit awkward. Once I had the seat positioned forward enough to engage the clutch's long travel, the shifter was so close that first-to-second and third-to-fourth shifts were difficult. And, although the Recaro seats are extremely comfortable and supportive, the exaggerated side bolsters got in the way on these same shifts. For an insane $3400, I think I'd skip them anyway and go with the standard seats.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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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