With its last redesign, in 2009, the CTS-V became a more aggressively styled and more powerful vehicle, picking up the refinements inside and out that the CTS gained for '08. That's to say, the CTS-V isn't as smooth or rakish as rival sedans in this class; from either the front or rear, it's boxy and angular, though the roofline and door lines help soften the proportions a bit. Taking a closer look, there are plenty of details to appreciate, including jewel-like headlamps, meshlike upper and lower grilles, a well-sculpted front fascia, and integrated fog lamps in front; in back Cadillac's vertical tail lamps flank the corners, and the trunklid crease is lined with a spoilerlike strip of LEDs. V-Series badging and chrome side vents also help distinguish the V, and flashy 19-inch wheels, polished or painted, have V-shaped spoke segments and showcase the heavy-duty Brembo brake hardware.
Inside, the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V follows smoother yet still very fashionable design. Trim alongside the doors extends across the instrument panel from both sides and slopes downward into a V-shaped center console that contains audio and climate controls and additional vents, LED accent lighting is piped in, and an available navigation display retracts neatly into the dash when not in use. Hand-finished cut-and-sew leather surfaces and chrome accents lend a fantastic feel up close. Altogether, it's a bold design, brasher than its German counterparts, but everything works together.
But the real impact of the CTS-V Coupe is its street presence. The standard Coupe cuts a similar silhouette, but the widened fenders, aggressive front- and rear-end treatments and the throaty burble of the exhaust mark the car out as something beyond a pretty shape.