Cadillac’s CTS has been one of the most well-received mid-size luxury cars to come from an American company recently, and General Motors decided that sedan and wagon versions just weren’t enough. So now we have the CTS and CTS-V coupes.
With a standard 304 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 ($38,165) and a 556-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 ($62,165), the CTS coupe is available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior and Interior
While the front end of the CTS Coupe bears plenty of resemblance to that of the sedan, the back half of the car turns into a sexy, sleek rear shape. The look is angular and modern, and it won’t please everyone—but to many, the aggressive sculpting gives off a hint of bad-ass-ness, if I may make up a word. The V gets a different grille, a raised hood, and different front and rear fascias. The CTS Coupe rides on the same wheelbase as the CTS sedan but it is about two inches lower and shorter.
On both cars, the exhaust outlets are centered in the rear fascia, but the V gets twin outlets.
Other exterior pieces include a spoiler, a windshield angled 62.3 degrees, no B- ar, and a touch pad for the door handles. The lower front fascia also includes brake-cooling vents.
The interior isn’t much changed from the CTS sedan, but V versions get optional Recaro seats to go along with standard microfiber suede-like inserts and other unique trim pieces.
Seats are laid out in a 2+2 pattern, and available interior features include a rearview camera.
As noted above, the standard coupe gets a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 with direct-injection, while the CTS-V gets a 556-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8.
Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is available, giving a boost of confidence to snow-belt drivers. True enthusiasts will dig the six-speed manual, while commuters will appreciate the six-speed automatic.
BMW’s 335i coupe, the Audi A5, and the Infiniti G37 coupe. All are worthy competitors, and all are close to the CTS coupe in price, although the 335i can get pricey with options.
When I Can Buy One?
The CTS and CTS V coupes are on sale now at your local Cadillac dealer.
Available V-8 power
Small rear seat
V-8 is pricey
Shape won’t please everyone