Cadillac, along with their General Motors parent, has been trying to change its place in the market for quite a while now. You could say that the Catera started the move even though it was a pretty big miss in the market and didn’t sell nearly as well as Cadillac had hoped. The next try at a younger, sportier car was the Cadillac CTS. The CTS is a car that seems to have stuck with the American public and the younger generations that are normally drawn to the Audis, BMWs and Mercedes.
First Ride: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

First Ride: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

That was just the tip of the iceberg, and then came the Cadillac CTS-V. The CTS-V was the beginning of real performance returning to Cadillac. Sure they had the SLR with underpinnings from the Corvette, but few in their 20s or 30s probably has the cash to afford one. The CTS-V called to those young at heart and those young in general and now we have the newest in model in the family—the CTS-V Coupe.

The coupe, like the sedan, carries the 556-horsepower supercharged LSA V-8 and is mated to a manual 6-speed transmission. Yes, we said manual. In fact, our counterparts over at TheCarConnection.com had their first ride in the first production manual CTS-V Coupe. That is a lot of firsts and so are the reviews from Nelson Ireson. According to Ireson the coupe is “In a word, brilliant.” Of course, none of the media have gotten to drive the manual as the one running around the U.S right now with Nick Twork of Cadillac’s communications office is what we would call rare being the first one and all.

Bottom line—if you like the Infiniti G37 Coupe, then the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe might be right up your alley. It is fast, stable and has razor sharp looks.

Be sure to check out Nelson Ireson’s article here.