Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Style, Luxury & Performance!
Now that the 2011 CTS-V coupe is becoming available at your local Dayton Cadillac dealer I thought I would take a moment to share with you an article I found on AutoWeek.com. Following the article take a second to watch the video on the CTS-V Coupe. You will not be disappointed.
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: I like the exterior styling of this car, and it just might contain the best interior GM has done in a long time, maybe forever. The interior is top-notch, with surfaces you want to reach out and caress, from the top-stitched leather on the dash to the piano-wood trim pieces in the center stack. I’m so glad GM stayed away from any sort of carbon-fiber or faux-carbon-fiber treatment. The interior is simply elegant.
The car has tons of power thanks to the detuned Corvette ZR-1 engine under the hood. The engine is a real tire smoker all the way up through third gear. Turn the traction control off (easy to do, because the button is on the thick, padded steering wheel), hit it one more time for competition mode, and let the fun begin. All of the pedals have the kind of feel I like in a sports car: Throttle is responsive to minor inputs; brake pedal has little travel, meaning you get brakes with little effort; clutch engagement is near the top. Combine all of those tactile responses with a short-throw shifter, and you get a car that feels like a thoroughbred getting ready for the big race. Yes, this is a heavy car, topping the scales at more than two tons. But it’s a runner, and it has all of the tools necessary to put a big smile on your face every time you fire up the engine.
I was surprised a bit by the smooth ride and the lack of supercharger noise. I actually kind of like that whine, but even under full-throttle romps, the noise was barely audible. GM has done a great job of dampening the noise. The exhaust note is more pronounced but not overbearing.
I could do without the electronic door latches. I know it allows for a smooth door without a handle, but really, is anyone asking for such things? It just seems like one of those little items that will be a big headache down the road. The fact that they have to include and place manual openers in such a prominent spot would seem to make my case.
Overall, I like this car quite a bit, from the sleek exterior design to the fabulous interior, but the car simply doesn’t feel as fast as it is, I think, because of how refined it is.
The CTS-V coupe has a limited audience, to be sure, but Cadillac deserves some major kudos for building this car. It’s fast, it’s fun to drive, and it looks great. A killer combination.
I have yet to come across a bad review of the CTS-V Coupe and I doubt I will ever run into one. When you are ready for a test drive let me know!