In case you couldn’t tell from my recent review of the Cadillac CTS-V, I’m a huge fan of the angular sports sedan. When Cadillac announced they’d be presenting the new CTS and CTS-V Coupes at an upcoming Southern Automotive Media Association lunch, I said, “sign me up”. It was a great event, and it reinforced what I already new: the Cadillac of old is gone, and the new Cadillac has their sights on dominating the luxury performance market. If my recent experience with their products is any indication, then Lexus and BMW need to be afraid.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to drive the CTS Coupe or the CTS-V Coupe yet, but I have some good news: if all goes as planned, I’ll be driving the CTS-V at Palm Beach International Raceway in a few months, and I can’t wait. My only compliant with the CTS-V sedan was that I couldn’t run it at 9/10s on the street; on a racetrack, that’s a whole other story and I look forward to giving you an updated report.
As you can see from my pics, the CTS-V coupe continues Cadillac’s “french curve be damned” styling. Love it or hate it, there’s nothing else on the market like it, so kudus to Cadillac for being a design leader. Personally, I love it, and I think the lines of the CTS Coupe will prove to be iconic. Unlike a lot of today’s “organically shaped” sport coupes, the CTS-V Coupe will look as good in ten years as it does today. The interior is comfortable and very well appointed even on base models. Unlike other sport coupes on the market (like the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang), the CTS Coupe can comfortably seat four adults, although the rear seats are still best reserved for short trips with nimble passengers.
Prices start at $38,165 for the base CTS Coupe with the 304 horsepower V6. The midrange Performance trim level allows you to opt for a manual gearbox, and buyers can check options like summer-only tires, performance cooling, sport suspension and a Brembo brake package. Opt for the 556 horsepower CTS-V Coupe, and prices start at $62,165, which really is a bargain for the level of content included.
I suspect Cadillac has a out-of-the-park home run with the CTS Coupe line. If you haven’t driven one yet, you really should.