You may have already figured out that I’m of fan of the Cadillac CTS-V, but I’ll admit to liking the regular CTS quite a bit as well. Sure, it’s nowhere near as fast as its 556 horsepower sibling, but both the 3.0 liter V6 (with 270 horsepower) and the 3.6 liter V6 (with 304 horsepower) offer reasonable performance at a lower price point. If safety is big on your list, here’s another reason to buy a CTS: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just gave the Cadillac CTS its Top Safety Pick Award. Earning this rating requires a car to excel in four separate crash tests, and all Top Safety Pick winners must come with electronic stability control, standard on the CTS.
If you’re like me, handling is more critical than safety, followed closely by how a car looks. The optional, polished aluminum wheels available on the CTS-V have always looked out of place to me. For a car whose primary mission is stealth speed, the wheels screamed “look at me” more than they should have. They were also a pain in the ass to keep clean, with lots of surface area to collect brake dust. Sure, you could go with the standard silver painted wheels, but they didn’t add anything to the car’s looks.
In response to enthusiast demand, Cadillc is now rolling out a “satin graphite” wheel option for the CTS-V Coupe and sedan. The wheels make a huge difference in appearance, and will be among the option boxes I check when I do put the money down for a CTS-V. After I finish my soon-to-be-best-selling-novel, of course.
I’ll be track testing the CTS-V and CTS-V Coupe next month, so I promise lots of pictures and a detailed write-up afterward.