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TheCarConnection's editors have previewed the new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe here from information released by General Motors. Editors will update this preview into a full road test as soon as vehicles are available for review.
- Massive supercharged V-8
- Dashing good looks
- Hand-fitted cabin
- Back seat is tiny
- Exceptional price tag is likely
Looking for something a bit more seductive than the four-door Cadillac CTS-V four-door sedan? Your wish is GM's command: in 2011, Cadillac is spinning off a two-door version of the supercharged CTS-V, the new CTS-V Coupe.
Set for a global launch at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the CTS-V Coupe shares all its essentials with the fleet-footed CTS-V sedan and the coming CTS Coupe, starting with the Coupe's erotically angled sheetmetal. It's a fantastic appearance--as good as the CTS looks as a sedan, it's better yet as a Sport Wagon and at its finest as a two-door coupe. The CTS-V Coupe takes the lesser two-door and raises its hood to make room for a supercharger; massages the front and rear ends to help air flow and instill a little demonic energy into the bumpers; and splits the exhaust into twin rear outlets. Vertical LED taillights and 19-inch wheels are standard. The CTS-V's cabin wears the interior of the sedan, but with a distinct, optional golden interior hue, with faux-suede inserts on the seats, and with golden stitching on the dash top.
It's the V-8 underhood that will draw the most attention--and the most challenges from the likes of the BMW M3 and Audi S5. The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe borrows the sedans' 556-horsepower, supercharged V-8 and should generate near-identical performance, maybe with a bit better traction thanks to a wider rear stance. Cadillac predicts a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds; we're sure the leadfoots in the enthusiast-magazine world will torture a few tenths off that time. Coupe drivers will choose either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with a manual-shift mode and paddle controls.