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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Impresses Critics Ahead of NAIAS

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Cadillac, Cars, GM, Luxury Cars, NAIAS, New Cars, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | January 5th, 2010 | 3 Responses |


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.

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3 Responses

  1. Dustin May says:

    I wonder if the brute power of the CTS-V coupe can match the handling of the M3. The M3 (which goes to 420 hp in 2010) may give the Caddy almost 150 hp, but the Bimmer weighs in at 3700 lbs compared to the big-boned Cadillac’s 4200 lb The Bimmer also costs $7,000 less. It would be interesting to see which one carves the corners faster.

  2. Nathan Redden says:

    I guess you didn’t option up the M3, bro. $1,000 for leather instead of cloth? Boo. Sure the V can hit $70K with the bad ass Recaro seats, but without them they’re neck and neck.

    And as for handling, the 2nd generation magnetic ride control on the Caddy is the fastest reacting suspension on the planet.

  3. Nathan Redden says:

    And Suzanne…you’re forgiven. If you’re ever in Texas, I’ll loan you one.