The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe may be long in the tooth, but it still has some surprisingly springy legs, which a testament to how far Cadillac has come in turning this high-powered CTS Coupe into a real luxury sports coupe.
Unfortunately, the CTS-V Coupe didn’t get the same love from Cadillac as far as looks are concerned. That honor was bestowed to the all-new CTS Sedan , and judging by how well-received the CTS Sedan was when it made its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the CTS-V should have reason for optimism when it gets its due turn in the new-generation design.
For now, though, the 2014 CTS-V Coupe trudges on with relatively minor updates since it made its debut in 2008. It’s a risky move for Cadillac, especially when a lot of customers can just opt to sit back and wait for the new-look CTS-V Coupe to arrive.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.
It still looks as muscular as ever, a fine attribute that blends well with the monster engine under its hood
The Cadillac CTS was not the best-received model that the luxury automaker released when it debuted back in 2008, so it doesn’t inspire that much confidence knowing that its essentialy still sporting the same design. But to be fair, the model has made strides in the vanity department,
It still looks as muscular as ever, a fine attribute that blends well with the monster engine under its hood, but at its core, the CTS-V Coupe is essentially just a trimmed-up, two-door version of the CTS sedan. The wheelbase is the same, even if it sits a little closer to the ground, while also having a shorter length and wider track width.
But there are still some notable designs on the CTS-V Coupe. The windshield, for one, was designed a little more horizontally,perfectly complementing the muscular shoulders with a sleek and athletic profile.
2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe - Exterior Dimensions
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||113.4 / 2880|
|Length (in / mm):||188.5 / 4789|
|Height (in / mm):||56 / 1422|
|Width (in / mm):||74.1 / 1883|
|Track (in / mm):||62 / 1574 (front) |
63.4 / 1610 (rear)
|Curb weight (lb / kg):||4217 / 1913 (manual) |
4255 / 1930 (automatic)
|Weight distribution (% front / rear):||51 / 49|
2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe - Standard Exterior Features
- Wheels, 19" x 9" (48.3 cm x 22.9 cm) front and 19" x 10" (48.3 cm x 25.4 cm) rear, premium multi-coat painted finish (STD)
- Tires, P255/40R19 front and P285/35R19 rear, Y-rated performance
- Tire Inflation Kit
- Sunroof, delete
- Headlamps, high intensity discharge with Adaptive Forward Lighting System and flash-to-pass.
- Headlamp washer system
- Fog lamps, integrated in front fascia
- CHMSL, V-Series
- Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
- Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
- Wipers, front intermittent with washers
- Wipers, Rainsense
The interior of the 2014 CTS-V Coupe remains largely unchanged, which is to say that the cavalcade of buttons and configurations are still there. For a high-performance sports coupe, we can give it a pass, although expectations for the next-gen model calls for at least a cleaner and more sophisticated look befitting Cadillac’s reputation.
There are some new offerings, if anybody’s interested in them. Chief among them is the Sport Blue interior package, which adds Twilight Blue leather seating with suede inserts, suede steering wheel rim and shift knob, Recaro performance seats and the Midnight Sapele wood trim package.
2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe - Interior Dimensions
|Headroom (in / mm):||36.9 / 937 (front) |
34.6 / 879 (rear)
|Legroom (in / mm):||42.4 / 1078 (front) |
35 / 890 (rear)
|Shoulder room (in / mm):||56 / 1424 (front) |
50.9 / 1294 (rear)
|Hip room (in / mm):||54.5 / 1385 (front) |
47.7 / 1212 (rear)
2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe - Standard Interior Features
- Seats, front bucket includes 8-way power driver seat adjuster and articulating head restraints (STD)
- Leather Seating Surfaces with Sueded fabric inserts
- Seats, heated driver and front passenger
- Seat adjuster, 8-way power front passenger
- Head restraints, active front
- Seat adjusters, 2-way power driver and front passenger lumbar control
- Seat, rear split-folding
- Console, front floor with floor shifter, integral armrest, storage compartment and cup holders
- Armrest, front center
- Console, rear center with dual cup holders
- Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
- Steering column, power rake wheel and telescopic with memory
- Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
- Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio and cruise and Bluetooth (Also includes Traction Control/StabiliTrak button.)
Not much has changed in the performance of the Cadillac CTS-V. For the 2014 model, the performance Caddy still has its 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine under its
For the 2014 model, the performance Caddy still has its 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine under its hood, capable of delivering a total of 556 horsepower
hood, capable of delivering a total of 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can choose between either a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch or a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift controls.
The V-8 produces that much output in large part because of an intercooled Eaton Twin Vortices Series supercharger that employs twin four-lobe rotors that are twisted 160 degrees when the typical configuration of superchargers only includes three lobes twisted 60 degrees. In addition to improved overall efficiency, this supercharger also has superior noise and vibration characteristics compared to standard designs, ensuring that the performance Caddy can power through with the best of ’em.
2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe - Drivetrain Specifications
|6.2L Supercharged V-8|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||376 / 6162|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92|
|Block material:||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||overhead valve, two valves per cylinder|
|Fuel delivery:||1.9L supercharger with intercooler; sequential fuel injection|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||556 / 415 @ 6100 (SAE certified)|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):||551 / 747 @ 3800 (SAE certified)|
|Recommended fuel:||premium required|
|Maximum engine speed (rpm):||6200|
|EPA estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):||12 / 18 (auto) |
14 / 19 (man)
Suspension and Brakes
Standard on the Cadillac CTS-V is the Magnetic Ride Control system, which offers real-time multi-mode damper programming that fine tunes the car’s ride. When configured to the “SportTrack” setting, the system also improves steering effort and shift mapping for performance-oriented handling.
On the braking front, the CTS-V is rather sophisticated, thanks in large part to Cadllac’s partnership with both Brembo and Michelin. The former takes charge with four brakes place on all four corners that include six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers on the rear. Large, vented rotors enable strong initial braking force, while optimizing heat resistance and eliminating fade.
For $65,825, you can own the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. a plethora of options can be installed, which will drive the price up, but even with all the knick-knacks you can add, the CTS-V Coupe still comes in at a competitive price compared to some of its European competitors.
|Cadillac CTS-V Coupe||$65,825|
|Premium Exterior Color||$495|
|19" High-polished wheels||$800|
|19" Satin Graphite wheels||$800|
|Sport Blue Interior Package||$4,500|
|Midnight Sapele Wood Trim Package||$600|
|Brembo® brake calipers, Yellow||$595|
|Brembo® brake calipers, Red||$595|
|Highway Safety Kit (Dealer-installed)||$85|
|Wheel locks (Dealer-installed)||$115|
|Power sunroof (tilt only)||$700|
|Grille, Black chrome (Dealer-installed)||$870|
|Protective Black outdoor car cover (Dealer-installed)||$410|
|RECARO® performance seats||$3,400|
|Sueded steering wheel and shift knob||$300|
It seems unfair that Cadillac left the CTS-V Coupe to fend for itself with new models like the BMW M4 Coupe now in the mix. The fact that the M4 Coupe will hit the roads sometime this year gives the CTS-V Coupe a little bit of time, but the appeal of owning a completely new BMW that has impressive performance and new technology to boot could sway people to just hold of on any purchases until it arrives.
It’s got nothing on the CTS-V Coupe in terms of performance, seeing as the M4 Coupe only has a 3.0-Liter I-6 turbocharged engine with 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, but with that smaller engine, fuel returns should fall on the side of the M4 Coupe. Additionally, the M4’s racecar-like suspension is certain to outperform the Caddy.
Gallery BMW M4 Coupe
The Audi RS5 has a 4.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a meaty 450 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 317.15 pound-feet available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. It still falls way short of what the CTS-V Coupe is capable of, but you can make a good case that the German sports coupe has the sleek and sporting credentials that could give the CTS a run for its money.
In this particular instance, perception matters, and the two vehicles carry varying opinions about themselves from customers. Whereas the CTS-V Coupe looks more like a muscle-flexing powerhouse, the more athletic-looking RS5 has grace and coordination on its side.
Not to say that the CTS-V Coupe doesn’t have those; it’s just that it’s not evident when you look at it.
Gallery Audi RS5
The rationale of buying the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe knowing that a new look version is just around the corner sounds like what somebody with an itchy trigger finger would do. If you ask us, you’re better off waiting for the new one to arrive than to spend on an outgoing version.
But if you’re the type who is seriously looking at the 2014 CTS Vsport, there’s not a lot of about to complain about, aesthetics aside. It still has a monster engine and its appropriately priced for its market. Plus, it’s a Cadillac!
- Still has the power
- Decent price for what you’re getting
- Interesting new interior features
- Just wait for the new one
- Competitive market
The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is the most dramatic model in the V-Series range of high-performance luxury models, blending a personal 2+2 layout with a drivetrain vetted on Germany’s famed Nürburgring.
A supercharged 6.2L V-8 is the power behind the CTS-V Coupe, delivering 556 horsepower (415 kW) backed by either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. A collection of technical and performance elements complement the powertrain, including Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires mounted on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, as well as a track-proven brake system with two-piece front rotors. They offer greater resistance to warping and potentially longer rotor life, as well as reduced weight.
A unique grille that doubles front-end airflow to help enable its high-performance capabilities is one of the V-Series’ distinguishing features, along with an aggressive front fascia and raised center section of the aluminum hood that provides clearance for the supercharger.
Continuous improvements have helped keep the CTS family at the top of customer consideration lists and earned it critical praise. That tradition continues in 2014, as the CTS-V Coupe offers four new exterior color choices – Phantom Gray Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Majestic Plum Metallic (available at an extra cost) and Red Obsession Tintcoat (available at an extra cost) – and a new Sport Blue interior package.
Please see separate releases for CTS Coupe, Wagon and the all-new 2014 CTS Sedan.
CTS-V Coupe design and exterior features
Compared with non-V Series variants, the CTS-V exterior incorporates a number of unique cues that blend function with aesthetics. The dihedral Cadillac grille, for example, is larger to enable more air intake and features a satin finish, while the raised hood encompasses the supercharged engine beneath it. The front and rear fascias, as well as a rear spoiler that houses the center high-mounted stop lamp, are specific to the car, as are its standard 19-inch wheels.
Additional exterior features include:
High-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting System are standard
Heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors are standard
Rainsense automatic windshield wipers are standard
Nineteen-inch painted aluminum wheels are standard
Nineteen-inch high-polished aluminum wheels are optional
Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels with satin graphite finish are optional and are packaged with yellow brake calipers
Available red- or yellow-painted Brembo calipers
Exterior colors: Phantom Gray Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Black Diamond Tricoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Opulent Blue Metallic, Majestic Plum Metallic (extra cost) and Red Obsession Tintcoat (extra cost).
CTS-V Coupe interior features
The CTS-V Coupe interior features streamlined instrumentation, LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents. It includes performance seats featuring perforated sueded microfiber inserts designed to hold the driver and front passenger in place during cornering. Recaro performance driving seats are optional and provide excellent support during performance driving. These 14-way adjustable performance seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and backrests.
Complementing the performance seating are a thick steering wheel and a gauge package designed for easy, at-a-glance reference during performance driving. Large instruments have bold readouts, including an LED-lit “tracer” function in the tachometer that flashes as the engine nears the red line. The gauge layout includes a boost gauge and a lateral acceleration display.
Obsidian Black accents grace the center stack, console, steering wheel and door panels. The production steering wheel and shifter are available in microfiber sueded fabric. Additional interior features include:
Audio system with navigation, including AM/FM stereo, CD/DVD player, MP3 playback, Bose Cabin Surround Sound with 10 speakers, 40-gig hard drive and USB with audio connectivity, is standard
Bluetooth phone connectivity is standard
Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard
Driver information center is standard
Keyless entry and keyless start features are standard
Ambient lighting package is standard
Remote vehicle start is standard (with automatic transmission)
Front bucket seats with power 10-way driver’s adjustment and articulating head restraints are standard on all trim levels
Recaro performance seats are optional and include heated/cooled feature and leather trim with sueded fabric inserts
Steering wheel with microfiber-trimmed rim is available and is packaged with microfiber-trimmed shift knob and Recaro performance seats
Power sunroof is available
Interior color and trim choices: Ebony seats with Ebony microfiber sueded fabric inserts and Light Titanium seats with Light Titanium microfiber sueded fabric inserts.
The new Sport Blue interior package offers Twilight Blue leather seating surfaces with microfiber sueded fabric inserts, microfiber sueded steering wheel rim and shift knob and Recaro performance seats, along with the Midnight Sapele Wood Trim package, for the instrument panel, console and door panels.
The CTS-V’s 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine is rated at 556 horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm). It is the most powerful engine in Cadillac’s history.
The engine features an intercooled Eaton Twin Vortices Series™ (TVS™) supercharger, which employs twin four-lobe rotors that are twisted 160 degrees. Typical superchargers feature three lobes twisted 60 degrees. The fourth lobe and greater helix profile, when combined with unique air inlet and outlet ports, create smoother, more efficient airflow into the engine. In addition to improved overall efficiency, this supercharger has superior noise and vibration characteristics compared to more ordinary designs.
A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Coupe – a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift controls. The steering wheel-mounted controls require no shift lever movement and allow immediate tap up/tap down gear selection. Performance Algorithm Shifting provides the automotive transmission with a performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance driving. As with many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter into the manual “gate” to put the transmission into a performance mode.
Torque is channeled through the six-speed transmissions to a high-performance rear axle that features a limited-slip rear differential within a cast iron housing for greater thermal management, and asymmetrical half-shafts to smoothly manage the supercharged engine’s incredible torque. The unique design includes alternately sized half-shafts that also help dynamically balance the oscillation of torque from side to side, effectively eliminating “power hop.”
CTS-V Coupe driving experience
The V-Series is designed for great road-holding performance, while maintaining the poise of a luxury car in average driving conditions. This is enabled by Cadillac’s landmark Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology. It uses shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology, rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision. Electronic sensors at all four wheels literally “read the road” every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of body motions.
The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a broader range of damping control to optimize the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V, an extra measure of control is offered, with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport), enabling the driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more spirited performance driving.
The CTS-V Coupe also incorporates sophisticated braking and tire systems, in partnership with two companies renowned for high-performance technology: Brembo and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful, six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Large, vented rotors enable strong initial braking force while optimizing heat resistance and eliminating fade.
Two-piece front brake rotors offer greater resistance to warping and potentially longer rotor life, as well as reduced weight. Their design features a separate rotor mounted to a “hat” that attaches the brake assembly to the wheel hub. The hat and rotor heat and cool at different rates, which helps the rotor dissipate heat more effectively to prevent warping.
Michelin partnered with Cadillac engineers to develop an exclusive Pilot Sport PS2 tire specifically engineered for the CTS-V. The tires support high levels of grip in track conditions, while also affording excellent performance on the road.
Additional chassis and suspension features include:
An independent short/long arm (SLA) front suspension system that features low-mass aluminum for the upper and lower control arms, as well as the knuckles
A multi-link rear suspension with a fully isolated sub frame
StabiliTrak electronic chassis control system is integrated with the car’s standard four-channel ABS with the full-function traction control, as well as the hydraulic brake assist and engine control systems
A limited-slip differential
A 3.73 axle ratio on manual-transmission models
A 3.23 axle ratio on automatic-transmission models
A power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system.
CTS-V Coupe safety and crash-avoidance features
CTS-V Coupe is designed to enhance Cadillac’s reputation for providing safe occupant environments in luxury vehicles. Features include:
Dual-stage driver front air bag
Segment-first dual depth front passenger air bag
Driver and front passenger side seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side air bags
Roof-rail side curtain air bags with rollover protection technology that cover front and rear seating rows
Front safety belt pretensions
Tire pressure monitoring system
Body structure with strategically placed high-strength steel
Active head restraints for front seat occupants
Ultrasonic rear parking assist
Rearview camera system
Side blind zone alert.