2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe & CTS-V Coupe

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Pros: Eye catching style; Sporty handling; Available all-wheel drive on CTS Coupe

Cons: Dated interior; Hard seats; Small interior; Limited visibility due to its styling

Overview
Unlike other coupes, the 2012 CTS Coupe will grab your attention and won’t let go with its edgy and daring profile. It’s also classy at the same time. It’s sophisticated. It’s unmistakably a Cadillac.

The CTS Coupe has all of the features you would expect for the price. The rear seat is tight, but most coupe buyers won’t mind. There are also plenty of soft touch materials to go around that are accented by handsome wood trims.

This year, Cadillac has raised the stakes. The CTS Coupe’s standard 3.6L V6 is more powerful and delivers 318 hp. Stepping up to the CTS-V Coupe will give you a 6.2L supercharged V8 that produces a stupefying 556 hp. Both models are lively and offer a buttoned-down suspension with good body control and communicative steering.

No matter how you slice it, determining if this is the right coupe for you really comes down to your personal tastes. It looks good and it is powerful however you will have to give up interior space, and refinement. Its slicked back profile also makes for poor visibility. I have found with many coupes that it is either or, unless you pay a hefty premium.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2012 CTS Coupe is available in three trim levels- Standard, Performance and Premium. The well-equipped Standard CTS, and it should be for its sticker price, includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, a keyless access and start system, a sport tuned suspension, dual zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, leatherette seating surfaces with leather inserts, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a Bose sound system with a CD player, Bluetooth and satellite radio.

The mid-level CTS Performance Coupe adds fog lamps, adaptive high-intensity headlights, adaptive remote ignition, extra sound insulation, front seat lumbar support, heated front seats, driver’s seat memory functions, leather upholstery and an upgraded Bose surround-sound audio system with a CD/DVD player and digital music storage. The available Luxury Level One package will add automatic wipers and a security system. The Luxury Level Two Package gets those features plus cabin filtration and heated and ventilated front seats. Optional items include a heated steering wheel, a tilt-only sunroof and a navigation system.

The top-of-the-line Premium CTS Coupe features all of the above equipment and when equipped with the rear-wheel drive, the Premium is eligible for the Touring Package. The Touring package includes 19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, Recaro sport seats, faux suede inserts on the steering wheel and shift knob and upgraded performance equipment. The sunroof is also optional.

The CTS-V Coupe is available in a single trim level only. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels with summer tires, upgraded performance equipment, fog lamps, automatic and adaptive Xenon headlights with headlamp washers and automatic wipers. Adding the Comfort and Convenience Package will get you dual-zone automatic climate control with a cabin odor control air filtration system, keyless ignition/entry, adaptive remote ignition, eight-way power front seats with driver’s seat memory functions, heated front seats, leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, an auto dimming rearview mirror and a Bose surround-sound system with Bluetooth. Optional equipment includes heated and ventilated Recaro sport seats, a sunroof and faux suede inserts on the steering wheel and shift knob.

Safety
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, StabiliTrak stability enhancement system, traction control, a full array of airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, rear park assist and OnStar. A blind-spot alert system and review camera are standard on the Performance and Premium trim levels on the CTS coupe. All of the above features are standard on the CTS-V Coupe.

Warranty Information
Every new 2012 Cadillac has got you covered with a Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, a Powertrain Limited Warranty for 5 years or 100,000 miles and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles. In the event your Cadillac needs to go in for repairs during its warranty period, a courtesy transportation program will provide alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses.

MSRP

Trims MSRP
2012 CTS Coupe Standard RWD $39,610
2012 CTS Coupe Standard AWD $41,510
2012 CTS Coupe Performance RWD $44,845
2012 CTS Coupe Performance AWD $46,745
2012 CTS Coupe Premium RWD $49,045
2012 CTS Coupe Premium AWD $50,945
2012 CTS-V Coupe $65,410
Similar Vehicles  MSRP
2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class C250 Coupe $37,220
2012 Audi A5 2.0T Quattro Premium Coupe $37,100
2012 Infiniti Coupe $37,800

Engines, Drivetrains & EPA Ratings

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

CTS Coupe Standard, Performance & Premium (RWD)

3.6L V6

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

18/27

CTS Coupe Standard, Performance & Premium (AWD)

3.6L V6

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

18/27

CTV-V Coupe (RWD)

6.2L Supercharged V8

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

12/18

CTS-V Coupe (RWD)

6.2L Supercharged V8

6-Speed Manual Transmission

14/19

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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