Cadillac isn’t known for producing small cars, but that may be changing for the brand that was once called the “Standard of the World.” The Cadillac CTS coupe is a foray into a new market for Cadillac. That isn’t to say that the company hasn’t ever produced coupes, they have, but the cars weren’t necessarily personal coupes. That is, not in the Infiniti G37 or BMW M Coupe type of configuration. The closest vehicle that has been in the Cadillac line-up in the past was the Eldorado coupe—from the late ‘60s, ‘80s and ‘90s. However, they were never necessarily seen as competitors with those of the M Coupe, Mercedes SL or even a Porsche 911. That is until now.
AutoWeek, a respected name in the automotive media, has named the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe (the performance line of the Cadillac brand) the “Best of the Best” for 2011. The “Best of the Best” is an award given by AutoWeek to the top of the class of new or significantly redesigned cars for the 2011 model year. The publications editors grade new vehicles on drivetrain, handling, ride quality, exterior and interior design and fun factor. This is what AutoWeek had to say about the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe:
“The AutoWeek Best of the Best award affirms what we thought at Cadillac when we launched the CTS-V Coupe,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The CTS-V Coupe represents the pinnacle of Cadillac design and performance. It has a design that turns heads and a driving experience that rivals the best luxury sports cars in the world.”
Bottom line—the 6.2-liter V8 556-horsepower engine will give most things on the road a run for its money in a straight line and the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system will take them on in the curves. With that kind of power hiding under what can only be described as a striking body, there is no wonder some call this the “best Cadillac ever.”