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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Review
Fun sedan that drives like a sports car.
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The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V is a high-performance, rear-drive, luxury sedan that behaves like a sports car. The world’s fasted production sedan with racetrack times of zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the CTS-V is a powerful and elegant vehicle that satisfies. The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V comes as a coupe or a luxury wagon.
Cadillac drivers are aware of the thrill of driving a high-performance luxury vehicle that has the latest innovations, quality engineering, and craftsmanship that are hallmarks of Cadillac. Another benefit of Cadillac ownership is the five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and program of 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy transportation. Roadside Assistance provides lock-out, towing, fuel and Dealer Technician roadside service. During the warranty period, alternate transportation and/or reimbursement for transportation expenses are covered when a Cadillac requires warranty repairs.
Engines: 6.2-liter supercharged V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Cadillac CTS-V
There are no significant updates to the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V.
Optional equipment includes an UltraView sunroof, Recaro 14-way adjustable ventilated racing seats, and 19-inch polished aluminum or satin graphite wheels. Standard equipment particular to the CTS-V wagon includes power heated mirrors, a cargo shade, LED spotlights with lighting pipes, integrated roof rails, power liftgate with memory height positioning, and vertical LED taillights.
A Black Diamond CTS-V Special Edition features Black Diamond tri-coat paint, and satin graphite 19-inch wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers.
The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V interior is designed to be both functional and opulent. Standard features include eight-way power driver and front passenger seats with adjustable lumbar support and height adjustment covered in leather and Alcantara. Front and rear center consoles provide ample storage and act as armrests. Dual-zone climate control ensures that all passengers are comfortable. Simulated carbon fiber trim provides an elegant accent to the interior. Additional interior equipment includes a clock, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, hard drive-based display with voice directions navigation system, Bluetooth capability, and memorized settings for two drivers.
Standard equipment on the sedan includes power steering, power tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, cruise control, remote power door locks, retained accessory power, universal remote transmitter, 12-volt power outlets (front and back), 10 Bose premium speakers with subwoofer and 5.1 surround sound, 300-watt audio system with AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/Satellite, speed-sensitive volume control, auxiliary audio input, iPod/USB integration, Midnight Sapele wood trim, and six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. With OnStar activation, consumers can take advantage of emergency service, stolen vehicle tracking assistance, roadside assistance, NavTraffic reports, destination guidance, and Destination Download.
The CTS-V wagon offers 25 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be increased by folding down the split-back rear seat.
Performance & Handling
Equipped with a 556-hp, 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V also offers dual-mode Magnetic Ride Control suspension that reacts to changing road conditions in milliseconds in either Touring or Track modes. Six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brakes provide the stopping power.
The Magnetic Ride Control suspension gives the driver the option of selecting either Touring or Sport settings. Electromagnetic coils inside the shock absorbers, as well as sensors at all four wheels, continually monitor road conditions to adjust shock-absorber resistance. This results in enhanced ride quality in Tour mode, and excellent turn response in Sport mode, making the CTS-V a powerful and responsive vehicle, no matter what road conditions are encountered. Included in the four-wheel independent suspension is a front and rear stabilizer bar.
2011 Cadillac CTS-V safety features include variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, rear limited slip differential, a four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, rear parking sensors, emergency braking assist, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, foglights, high-pressure headlight washers, dusk-sensing Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and tire pressure monitoring.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Well worth the price
- Great acceleration and handling
- Sharp look
You Won't Like
- Interior is similar to CTS
- Seats aren’t quite as comfortable as expected
Fun sedan that drives like a sports car.
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