Going on 20 years ago, Cadillac sought to reinvent their “Standard of the World” ethos by unveiling a new Art & Science design language featuring sharp creases and angular bodywork. It was a dramatic look that the average passerby could not miss. Then, Caddy went further with a new line of factory-tuned hot rods designed to compete with the likes of the M and AMG divisions from their German rivals. Known as V, these new screamers were made for the gearhead crowd.
Starting in 2008, the second-gen CTS sedan received the V treatment in sedan, coupe and wagon form. Under hood was a Corvette-derived LS motor. Magnetorheological dampers performed their trademark handling magic and Brembo provided the stopping power. Cadillac tuned these brutes on the famed Nürburgring in Germany, and set new records. Auto journalists and enthusiasts reveled in the staggering performance of the CTS-V lineup. These cars were serious machines.
The coupe variant is an extra-special model as it was only produced for four short years. Though identical to the CTS sedan from the A-pillar forward, it features unique bodywork everywhere else, most noticeably the lack of a B-pillar. Sitting on the same wheelbase as the sedan but with a two-inch reduction in height, three-inch reduction in length and two-inch increase in rear track gives the CTS-V coupe a killer stance. Cadillac said they were not looking to simply remove two doors from the sedan to call it a coupe. The goal was a dedicated sports car, one they more than achieved.