Cadillac has done perhaps the simplest and most dramatic thing to the lovely little CTS. They ripped off two of the doors and produced one of the most dramatic, camera-friendly vehicles on the road.
I mean, look at this thing! It is chiseled, angular, muscular and bejeweled. It makes the competition from BMW, Mercedes and Lexus look positively dowdy, like Pamela Anderson at the Boy Scout Jamboree.
And I wasn’t frankly a fan of this look originally, agreeing with former GM vice president Bob Lutz that the new Caddy family front ends look like angry kitchen appliances.
Well, they’ve grown on me and the new CTS Coupe is the flat out sexiest of the bunch.
Inside, the real, polished walnut and hand stitched leather virtually everywhere is both tasteful and showy at the same time. The pop up screen in the dash top saves space when you don’t need the navigation system and also is just cool which is the only thing needed to justify its existence.
Power comes from the twin-cam, 24-valve, 3.6-liter V6 with 304 horsepower which bypasses the base engine with it’s 270 ponies. But coming soon, the V-version will sport the 6-liter V8 and its absolutely cruel 556-horsepower. The CTS-V is already the fastest production sedan on the planet, and now it will be the sexiest.
Pricing starts at around $38,000 and our premium collection model with larger tires, special paint and a couple of other doodads came to $51,000. the V version, by the way will only cost $12,000 more, which is quite reasonable for those who want to see their neighbors tears dampening the hood of their overpriced euro-snotty, hyper-drive snob mobiles.
Eh, it’s worth it.