V8 power plus a six-speed manual? How can you go wrong?
Although the Cadillac CTS is no more, its spirit lives on in a new sedan from GM's luxury brand: the Cadillac CT5. The CT5 may be a bit smaller with fastback styling instead of the more traditional three-box design, but the outgoing CTS is still an excellent vehicle, especially the limited edition CTS-V Blackwing. Those who've followed the CTS through its lifetime, which lasted from 2002 until 2019, will more than likely take note of the second generation as being a significant standout.
Launched for 2008, the second-gen CTS was a bold departure from its immediate predecessor. Both may have featured the brand's "Art & Science" design language, but the newer CTS took it to the next level. This CTS was wider and longer than before and the overall design greatly benefitted from that. The car's aggressive stance made it an immediate standout and buyers (and competitors) took notice.
Originally launched as a sedan, the original plan didn't call for a coupe version until a Cadillac designer did some sketches. Simply eliminating the rear doors and shortening the overall length gave the design a whole new attitude. GM design, under the direction at the time of Ed Welburn, presented a series of follow-up designs and clay models to GM management and the decision was made to build the CTS coupe. The design was too good to pass up. A concept version came first to test the waters with the public and, not surprisingly, the reception was great.
So in 2009, the CTS Coupe arrived on the scene, and exactly one year later the CTS-V Coupe. The base car came powered by a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 304 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, but the V Series went above and beyond: a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 with 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque. Two transmission options were available, a six-speed automatic and six-speed manual.
Amazingly, Cadillac also offered the CTS Wagon and CTS-V Wagon, a result of then-VP of product Bob Lutz insistence on enthusiast models. The CTS-V Coupe was also enthusiast-focused, especially when equipped with the manual. It wasn't the most common choice, thus making surviving examples somewhat rare. Fortunately, Bring A Trailer has one for sale right now.
This 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe currently has a bid, as of this writing, of $19,999. It has only 18,000 miles on its clock and comes complete with complete service records.
What's cool about it is that it was used as a corporate vehicle for media and public events. It's painted Crystal Red Tincoat over a black leather and Alcantara interior. There are even Recaro sport seats. A Corsa sports exhaust system was also installed and the windows have been tinted. Now that Cadillac is shifting towards not only SUVs and crossovers but also EVs, the CTS-V Coupe, especially with the manual, is more precious than ever.