Cadillac

'■'n'1' A mid-size coupe, plus V-series variants of the CTS in both two-door and wagon body styles.

CHHSnnn Cadillac now has a complete CTS sedan/coupe/wagon lineup to compete with its German competitors. The two-door forgoes the 3.0-liter V-6 and offers the 304-hp 3.6-liter as the base engine paired with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. It's largely created from mechanical mitosis, but the coupe does integrate a handful of chassis changes. A wider rear track, firmer damping, and resized antiroll bars help the coupe handle even better. The sheetmetal—unique from the A-pillar back—also results in a car that's shorter in both length and height. If you think the coupe's striking shape deserves more performance (and we do), you can step up to the $64,290 CTS-V. The equipment is again familiar, but that doesn't make it any less fabulous: a 556-hp supercharged OHV V-8, an automatic or manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, and magnetorheological dampers make the V one of the most compelling luxury/ performance values around. The V treatment is also new to the CTS wagon for 2011.

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