Its sweptback styling and high deck lid give it the appearance it’s going 55 mph standing still. And its blackened graphite wheels with yellow Brembo brakes takes on a “Knight Rider” look. When parked in front my house, several passersby stopped and took photos of this Black Diamond edition with their smart phones. But the real excitement is under the hood.
Cadillac’s 2011 CTS-V Coupe, like its four-door brethren, is powered by a hot 6.2L, 556-hp supercharged V8, the same powerplant that resides in the quick ZR1 Corvette. My test car came with 6-speed automatic transmission, but for enthusiasts, a 6-speed manual is optionally available. With the auto shifter, EPA gas mileage is rated at 12 city, 18 highway mpg.
It’s obvious there’s something special under foot as soon as the engine is ignited. A subtle but titillating whine emanates from the supercharger while at the same time the entire car oscillates from all the pent-up power and torque waiting to be released. At the back end, a sweet rumble spews from the large, dual and centered exhaust tips. As a result, full throttle standing stop launches are neck-snapping. Route 22 thruway passing situations are equally as exhilarating. And the 551 lb/ft of torque generated is appreciated when there’s a long wait to enter 22 from any Allentown or Bethlehem entrance ramp during peak rush hour traffic times. This coupe is fast and quick. In fact Cadillac says even the windshield wipers were designed to handle 190-mile per hour raindrops.
Aside from all this performance capability, the CTS-V Coupe has a myriad of other attributes. There’s push button door handles inside and out, rearview camera, Bose Surround, 40GB hard drive with XM real time traffic and weather service, sueded steering wheel, GPS Nav, Recaro bucket seats, Magnetic Ride Control, OnStar, programmable door locks, midnight sapele wood trim package, Bluetooth and more.
Handling with the Magnetic Ride Control is sports car-like as the system adjusts up to 1000 times/second to reduce body roll in corners while smoothing the ride, the latter of which is not as supple as the sedan previously tested. Weighing in at 1924 pounds, you can feel the CTS-Vs heft.
Ride too is firm but not uncomfortable on 19-inch Michelin tires. The Recaro seats take some credit here as they hug the torso ever so securely, especially when taking sharp turns at speed, or on my test road, the “S” curves on Haasadahl Road in Fogelsville.
With the short trunk lid, cargo volume is rated at 13.6 cubic feet or enough for two medium size duffle bags or two golf bags with the rear seats folded.
Although the high rear deck lid interferes with rear visibility, the rearview camera displayed on a huge LCD screen gives an appreciable view.
My primary complaint with the car was its door detents. They could be more pronounced to hold the doors open particularly when the car is parked on the incline.
Kudu’s to Cadillac for its CTS-V styling. It’s definitely an eye-grabber be it in four or two door design and one of the best looking Caddy’s to date.
With all the aforementioned goodies plus the Black Diamond Edition packaging ($4,850), sueded steering wheel ($300) and gas-guzzler tax ($2,600 – ouch!), the CTS-V began life at $62,165 but climbed to $70,790 with above items and delivery. This puts it in the class of BMW M5s and Mercedes E63s. The primary difference is that the CTS-V is made in the good ole USA.
To check out a CTS-V, stop by Faulkner Cadillac in Bethlehem or Kutztown Cadillac in Fleetwood.
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