The extreme performance edition of the popular Cadillac CTS is perfect for those who demand hair raising performance combined with luxurious trappings. If what you desire is blinding acceleration and top speed with the ability to hang in the corners and blow away most muscle cars, then this car is for you. Having said that I was prepared to rail on the Caddy about the lack of headroom, poor rear visibility (without using the rear view camera), and the small trunk, then I cranked the engine and I began to have second thoughts. As I pulled off the lot, dumped the clutch (yes, I did say clutch in a Cadillac) and floored the accelerator, I completely forgot all of those other little things. Who cares about head and trunk room and do I really need reverse anyway? Just leave me alone and let me drive.
This baby (my new love) is adequately equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Does that sound familiar? It should because that is the same engine that is in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. This engine makes 556-horsepower and 551 lb.- ft. of torque while propelling the CTS-V from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.2-seconds. It has a six-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment but a six-speed automatic is also offered as a no cost option. Fuel efficiency is not actually very efficient but who cares. This thing runs like a “scalded dog.”
Before you start your namby-pamby whimpering about European handling, let me tell you about the CTS-V’s magnetically controlled adaptive suspension system with electronic stability and traction control and a limited slip rear differential. This is one Cadillac that can keep up by keeping all four wheels rolling firmly on the pavement. Four-wheel antilock high-performance Brembo brakes with cross drilled and ventilated rotors on all four corners provide smooth stops for this opulent beast and front-side and side curtain airbags and OnStar with automatic crash notification afford peace of mind should an accident occur.
The Cadillac has an aggressive stance and the appearance of a predatory beast poised to take its prey. Look away little Honda and run and hide little Nissan, this bad dog is pretty but it packs a deadly bite. It comes standard with 19-inch wheels, remote keyless entry and ignition (automatic transmission only), and Xenon headlights.
Everybody is whining about the interior on this coupe. One driver says that there is no headroom and he is about 5-foot nothing. He does not need any headroom. The other says the seats aren’t padded enough and he could stand to lose some padding, anyway. I would be glad to sit on a milk-crate and use a rope for a seat belt just for the pleasure of driving this awesome machine. Seriously, the interior is ample with leather and suede seating surfaces and every imaginable convenience. Sure, maybe the headroom is a little slack and the rear glass is a touch high but this is no pickup truck and there is a rear view camera with LCD monitor display.