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.

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In CTS-V from, the Coupe gains a wire grille and lower intake, along with Cadillac's V badges around the car.

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As a coupe, the CTS-V only gets two doors, and getting into the rear seats requires a bit of contortion.

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The CTS-V Coupe, like the other V models in the CTS lineup, gets a magnetic suspension, giving it excellent handling, and a supercharged, 6.2-liter engine.

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The trunk is actually roomy, but getting through the small trunk opening is tough.

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Optional powered Recaro seats have bolster adjustments for sides and thighs, helping keep occupants in their seats as lateral g-forces build.

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In CTS-V Coupe form, all the cabin electronics come standard. The interior also feels worthy of the Cadillac marque.

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The steering wheel feels engaged with the road, and the CTS-V Coupe handles with the near point-and-shoot corning of a smaller car.

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Cadillac fits the CTS-V Coupe with a substandard Bluetooth phone system, lacking features available from competitors.

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The gauges are set deep, and Cadillac limits the cluster to three tunnels. The right tunnel includes a supercharger pressure gauge.

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The six-speed manual feels a little clunky, lacking the smooth precision of a European transmission.

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The center stack includes buttons and a dial for operating the cabin tech, but the LCD is also a touchscreen.

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The driver can retract the LCD, in which mode it only shows audio information.

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Maps in the navigation system, stored on a hard drive, are colorful and easy to read.

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With the touch screen, you can use the onscreen keyboard to enter addresses.

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The CTS-V Coupe has a good number of audio sources, including its onboard hard drive.

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The car uses the same library format for iPods, its hard drive, USB drives, and MP3 CDs.

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The rear view camera is very basic, lacking trajectory or distance lines.

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The familiar blue OnStar button sits on the mirror. OnStar also offers an app, letting you access more features from a smartphone.

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