It has taken Cadillac nearly a decade to bring us a coupe version of its critically acclaimed CTS sedan , but it’s hard to say it wasn’t worth the wait. While the bombastic CTS-V has grabbed a lot of headlines in the past year – and rightfully so – it’s now the coupe’s turn in the limelight, and given its edgy looks, it really does seem to think it deserves your attention. As surefooted on the open road as its broad stance would have you believe, this car is a refreshing technical all-rounder, made all the more impressive that its parent company was in the throws of bankruptcy just one year ago. Originally introduced as a concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the CTS Coupe lost very little on its journey from concept coupe to production reality, and truly looks like nothing else on the market, which means you’ll either love it or hate it. Style aside, however, there is no denying the CTS Coupe’s mechanical talents. Its wider rear track and chunky rear tires provide ample grip and promote driver confidence, while its direct injection V-6 engine loves to be revved and is torquey enough to push the CTS out of corners with ample shove. And it’s plenty capable as a long distance tourer as well, as any Cadillac should be.
What's to Like
A very flexible engine means you have plenty of torque across the rev band, so you don’t need to drop three gears and chase the redline just to pass a car on a two lane road. The cabin is plenty comfortable, and anyone who has been in a CTS will feel immediately at home with the layout. Buyers can sort through a solid list of standard options.
What's Not to Like
The backseat isn’t brutally cramped once you are seated, but ingress and egress are far from easy or graceful. Styling will only resonate with some, but that’s always been a CTS family trait. The chunky pillars and aggressively sloped rear window limit rearward and over-the-shoulder visibility.
DriverSide Driving Impressions
Unlike its sedan sibling, the interior of the CTS Coupe has a very cocooned feel thanks to the steep slope of the windshield and lower roofline. It’s not cramped by any means, but it certainly feels smaller, and an unfortunate side effect of all its sheet metal is poor rearward visibility. This doesn’t ruin the driving experience, but you will want to have your blinker on for a few seconds before making a lane change as extra insurance. The steering is fairly light but makes up for it by being very accurate, and while steering feedback is minimal, the chassis provides plenty of communication, letting the driver know where all four wheels are at all times and inspiring plenty of confidence. Torque comes on ...