2012 Cadillac CTS-V – Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2012 Cadillac CTS-V Overview

Brash yet richly appointed, the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V is an American sensation in the prestigious high-performance touring segment usually dominated by German brands. Offered in three body styles, the CTS-V delivers viscous straight-line power and confident road-hugging handling; all the while catering the personal whims of a discriminating driver.

Few changes were made for 2012. Rainsense automatic wipers are standard, and new three exterior colors were introduced. The Coupe model also gets side blind-zone alert.

Like the Cadillac CTS line, the CTS-V is available in a 4-door Sedan, 2-door Coupe or Sport Wagon configuration. The biggest difference between the three is storage space with the Sport Wagon offering a generous 53.4 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down. The Coupe offers just 10.5 cubic feet in its trunk.

Styling cues unique to the CTS-V include a larger grille, raised hood, and rear spoiler.

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A 556-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 separates the CTS-V from its Cadillac CTS siblings. The most powerful engine in Cadillac history, the 6.2-liter V8 can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters or a 6-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch. The CTS-V is rear-wheel-drive only, and there is a limited-slip differential to help control power launches.

EPA estimated fuel economy is 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway for the automatic and 14/19 for the 6-speed.

Precise road handling with a flair for luxury is also a hallmark of the CTS-V line, thanks to a 4-wheel independent suspension enhanced with shock absorbers controlled by advanced rheological technology. In simple terms, electronic sensors read the road conditions and constantly adjust the shocks for split-second control. Drivers can switch between Tour and Sport modes. They can also monitor the vehicle’s performance with a lateral acceleration display on the gauge panel.

The CTS-V relies on huge Brembo brakes and special Michelin tires at all four wheels.

The CTS-V comes fully loaded with eight-way bucket seats trimmed in leather and suede, dual-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable steering column, ambient lighting, and Bose 5.1 surround sound audio with AM/FM/CD/DVD, navigation, 10 speakers, 40-gig hard drive, and USB port. A moonroof and racing style Recaro seats with 14-way adjustability are available options.

The CTS-V has not been crash tested by government or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, its near-identical twins, the CTS sedan and Sport Wagon, received five stars in both frontal and side-impact crash tests. The CTS also was named a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Standard safety equipment on the CTS-V includes antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, rear park assist, rearview camera, seat-mounted side airbags, side-curtain airbags, and OnStar.

Once dominated by the BMW M series and Mercedes-Benz AMG cars, the luxury performance market now has a worthy American entry in the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V.

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