American Adrenaline

For years, Cadillac has set the standard for American luxury vehicles, and while the CTS-V is certainly a magnificent car, it has the kind of world-class performance that’s causing other luxury brands a lot of sleepless nights.
Text by Bill Lindsey | June 9, 2018 | Luxury

The Recaro seats are the first clue the CTS-V Coupe is definitely not Grandpa’s Cadillac. Settling behind the wheel, gazing at the array of instruments clustered for easy visibility, you turn the key and gasp in sheer delight as the supercharged 6.2-liter V8, borrowed from its Corvette cousin, roars to life, urging you to find the closest open highway. Your choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic channel a religion-inspiring 556hp kept in check via magnetic ride control and Brembo race-proven brakes. Cadillac’s goal was to deliver heart-pounding performance in a luxurious setting. They succeeded. The CTS-V combines a breathtaking exterior, sumptuous cabin accommodations and a level of performance that up to now was only available in German imports. Just as Cadillac’s Escalade redefined luxury SUVs, the CTS-V reinvents luxury performance coupes; Starting at $64,900;