2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe - Photo by TrainedRope
Cadillac shook up the sport sedan segment with the first CTS-V, a bad boy four-door that looked great. While the recipe for the second-generation model hasn’t changed much—pair a huge tire-melting V8 to an edgy design—this particular car’s missing something: mainly, its rear doors. The CTS-V Coupe’s loss is your gain, because the new profile is wildly successful. While the front sheetmetal is identical to the sedan, from the A-pillar back there are no shared panels—and, incidentally, no B-pillar whatsoever. The windshield is raked further back, the roofline is lower, and the rear track is two inches wider, which allows the rear fenders to flare daringly outward. Around back, a larger third brake light on the rear decklid serves as a functional rear spoiler, and below there are twin exhaust tips that are gargantuan—more than four inches across—and allow the car’s awesome bellow to reach the cabin. The new Coupe is also no slouch, with the excellent 6.2-liter supercharged engine carried over from the previous car, providing 556 horsepower and an endless wave of torque allowing the Coupe to reach 60 mph in less than four seconds. The CTS-V Coupe manages to hit all the right notes, with power and looks in spades.