Good news for all the expectant fanboys at the local VFW: the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe has finally made its first appearance. Scheduled to officially debut next week at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, the high performance (though slightly chunky) coupe promises to pose a serious threat to the high-output warhorses currently thundering out of Germany. While the Caddy of legends told might have enjoyed limited popularity outside of bingo halls and Def Jam, the CTS-V coupe is a beast unlike any other. Despite the fact that GM’s corporate philosophy as a whole may leave a lot to be desired, even we – the consummate, caustic professionals – here at RideLust can’t deny a superbly engineered vehicle when we see one.
The press release assures us that the interior is stocked with enough luxury amenities to appease even the most discerning elderly playboy, but with no studio photos to validate that assertion you’ll just have to take their word for it. Fortunately, the CTS-V’s biggest selling point has little to do with the new optional Saffron interior but rather the massive LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine beneath the hood. Surprisingly enough, although many (including us) would have pegged the CTS-V’s immediate competition as the likes of such track-bred monsters like the M3, but the CTS-V’s 556-horsepower makes the M3’s 414-hp look like a Kozy Koupe. Thus, it is with great remorse that RideLust offers a sincere “I’m sorry” to Detroit and a heartfelt “Seriously?” to Munich.