The Cadillac CTS-V blends the refinement of a luxury car with the potency of one of GM’s most powerful engines. There were three ways to enjoy the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V – Sedan, Coupe, or Sport Wagon. All three feature a pronounced power-dome hood,, chrome mesh front grille, and aerodynamic lower front bodywork. The Coupe features a more aggressive lower front clip and unique center-mounted exhaust outlets. The Sport Wagon also has a unique look, and the benefit of up to 58 cubic feet of cargo space. A standard 2012 Cadillac CTS-V started at around $63,000.
The CTS-V is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8, which is based on the LS9 V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The LSA makes 556 horsepower and 551 pound feet of torque, routed to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. CTS-Vs with a manual, especially wagons, are particularly desirable.
More than just a straight-line machine, the CTS-V features the outstanding MagneRide suspension system which instantly responds to the road conditions. The CTS-V also features Brembo brakes at all four corners, Michelin Pilot Sport performance tires, and 19-inch wheels (9 inches wide in front, 9.5 in the rear).
Standard features include leather and Alcantara upholstery. This suede-like material is found on the steering wheel and shift handle, and will help with grip even on hot days on the track. For 2012, all three CTS-V variants received standard rain-sensing windshield wipers. The CTS-V Coupe also came standard with blind-spot monitoring, which should help with the blind spots created by its massive C-pillars. A wise option to seek out when looking for a CTS-V are the optional Recaro bucket seats. The 14-way power-adjustable seats are well-bolstered and are also heated and ventilated.