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Cadillac CTS-V Coupe: As nasty as it looks

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

The Coupe version of Cadillac's CTS cuts a striking figure, but when fitted out in CTS-V trim its performance really justifies its looks. The V is Cadillac's performance trim, which in the CTS-V Coupe means 556 horsepower and 3.9 seconds to 60 mph. Back to review.
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Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
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With a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 producing 556 horsepower, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is one fast machine. Stomp on the gas in first gear and you are in for all sorts of fun, from the car twisting and turning under tremendous torque to the surprised looks of Porsche and BMW owners as you fly past them. And the future car look of the Coupe body perfectly fits this outrageous performance.

But the CTS-V Coupe is also significantly refined, a snarling tiger in a tuxedo. Magnetic ride suspension technology keeps its tires gripping pavement and maintains stability in fast cornering, making sure all that power doesn't go to waste. Cadillac luxury extends to the cabin, with fine materials throughout.

The car's navigation screen motors up from the dashboard, showing good quality maps. Load the OnStar app, and you can do various tricks, such as lock the doors or start the car from continents away. The app also lets you look up and remotely load addresses to the navigation system.

Check out our review of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.