Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Refined sledgehammer. The Cadillac CTS-V coupe and sedan test drive review
The CTS-V is an exception. First of all, a regular CTS is a world-beater in-and-of-itself. But when you add the massive suspension and brake tweaks, plus this engine, my God the engine, you’ll absolutely believe there were no compromises here.
Now, in many cars, that kind of power would outclass the car itself. Not so in the CTS-V. Compared to even the previous generation of this car, the new version is refined and sure-footed. No more obnoxious rear wheel hop. None of the crudeness comparable to a big-block ’70 Nova. So silky-smooth is this car in its delivery of performance that you’ll be out there performing feats of skill that would make you a super hero in some other car, and you might not even realize you’re doing it.
First off, these are not big cars inside. And I had a ’95 Cadillac Fleetwood, so I know from big. They’re a bit like a small room with big furniture—big seats, big console, big headrests, etc. It’s all really nice stuff in there, though. The suede cover on the steering wheel was so luxurious, I chose to leave my fine Italian leather driving gloves in my satchel. And the navigation screen that electronically ascends from the middle of the instrument panel will surely impress your passengers. The seats are supportive; they may even be restrictive if you eat too many cheeseburgers. And there is lots of leather trim with sporty stitching on everything from the dash pad to the console lid cover.
At low speeds, you can hear the supercharger whine ever so slightly under the hood. As someone who is more used to V8 exhaust rumble out the back of a car, the symphony under the hood makes this one different and special.
If I won the lottery, would a CTS-V be on my short list of daily drivers? You better believe it. I caught a glimpse of myself in the rear view mirror, and I swear I was even better looking than normal. I could definitely use a little more of that.
The slideshow below has a variety of CTS-V coupe and sedan pictures. The prettier the photography, the more likely it was taken by someone in Cadillac’s marketing department. But there are a few pictures from my ride and drive and auto show experiences as well. They also make a station wagon version of this car … I’ll need to get behind the wheel of one of those babies next!