Intro: Few cars match white-knuckle performance and everyday usability like the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V sedan. 4-doors and a fire breathing V8 make the 5-passenger CTS-V an everyday driver that can easily turn into a track day monster.
Based on the standard CTS luxury sedan, the CTS-V sets itself apart with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, a chrome mesh grille and power bulge hood.
Performance: Under that hood lies a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, sending 556 horsepower and 551 pound feet of torque to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: Inside, the CTS-V continues its blend of performance and functionality. The best example of this is the available Recaro sport bucket seats. Capable of easily bolstering a driver through hard cornering, these seats are also power adjustable, heated and cooled.
The CTS-V comes standard with features such as a multifunction steering wheel, dual zone climate control, pop-up navigation, and a 10-speaker Bose 5.1 stereo.
Another blend of the two personalities of the CTS-V is the magnetic ride control. This suspension system constantly adjusts for road conditions, and can be set to hard driving "Sport" mode or everyday "Touring" mode.
Safety: Notable standard safety features include StabiliTrak stability control, rear parking sensor, rear view camera, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V sedan is $62,165 in its lone trim. The CTS-V is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: At first glance, the CTS-V may appear to be a mild-mannered luxury sedan, but upon hearing the monstrous exhaust note of the 2011 CTS-V, there's no mistaking the performance within.