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Cadillac unveils the farewell edition CTS-V Coupe

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On: Wed, May 14, 2014 at 5:21PM | By: Teddy Field

Cadillac unveils the farewell edition CTS-V Coupe

When Cadillac launched its CTS-V back in 2004, everyone thought they were mad. But hindsight has provided a clearer view of their brilliance. Cramming a massively overpowered engine into a car that was designed on an Etch-a-Sketch was a good idea. Today's CTS-V(eeery fast) is a formidable competitor to performance stalwarts like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG. The coupe version has few peers, save for an Audi RS and a $742k BMW M79 zDrive GrandSomething-or-other. But sadly it's about to wave goodbye, as the redesigned, sedan-only 2015 Cadillac CTS-V gets ready to launch. So let's have a look at the last 500 special edition CTS-V Coupes.

Cadillac coupes have always represented the epitome of American luxury cars. If you wanted the best of the best, you sauntered down to your local Caddy store, and picked up something with outlandish tail fins, or a fake convertible roof. Stars like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and even the Queen of England (GM pretty much gave her one) have owned Caddy coupes. They were cars to be seen in, and they looked like nothing else on the road.

Today's Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is similarly outlandish and luxurious. You'll certainly get noticed, but Caddy's current reputation hasn't recovered enough to have people 'ooo'-ing and 'aahh'-ing at you. Most will probably wonder what the hell you're driving. But no matter, this this thing has enough power under the hood to extract drool from a rock. 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque ooze from a 6.2-liter volcano that topped by an intercooled 1.9-liter Eaton supercharger. Flatten the right pedal and you'll hit 60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds, then cover the quarter mile in 12 seconds dead. To say the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is fast, is perhaps the biggest understatement you'll ever make.

Cadillac is apparently killing off the CTS-V Coupe after 2014, but a hot new ATS-V Coupe is already being developed. For its swan song, production of the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe will be limited to just 500 units, and each will be fitted with a unique package of options. Magnetic Ride Control (GM's active suspension) comes standard on all cars, along with Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes with special red calipers, and a black mesh grille. On the inside, there's black, excuse me, Ebony leather covered Recaro seats with unique red stitching, aluminum pedals (you can choose a 6-speed manual or automatic), Midnight Sapele wood trim, and faux suede dressing on the steering wheel and shifter. Three exterior colors will be offered: Crystal White, Phantom Gray, and Black Diamond. However, the black will cost $995 extra.

Pricing will be announced this summer, when the limited edition 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is slated to go into production. But you can bet that all 500 copies will sell pretty quickly.

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