: Cadillac News: First Drive: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is angular, unhinged glory

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe - Click above for high-res image gallery

We've already discussed the complete, audacious beauty that is the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe (http://www.autoblog.com/model/cts+coupe). Not only is it one of the most attractive designs to come out of General Motors (http://www.autoblog.com/make/gm/) in decades, but it's arguably one of the best-looking vehicles on the road today, proving that Cadillac (http://www.autoblog.com/make/cadillac/) (and GM, for that matter) is once again capable of delivering world-class designs.

Sexy? Yes. But can she cook?

We don't have many complaints about the 304-horsepower, direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 found under the hood of the standard Coupe. It certainly means well and does a good enough job of keeping the CTS experience entertaining, but we'd be liars if we didn't say we'd rather have a powerplant with a few more stones - 252 more, to be exact.

Enter the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. It has a supercharged V8 that makes 556 horsepower. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. It's under $65,000. Not only that, but the larger cojones found on the V sedan are translated into the coupe's styling, making for a car that's at once audacious and vicious, with a beating heart of total lunacy.

In the late 1990s, General Motors gave us the Opel-derived bar of soap known as the Cadillac Catera, telling us that it was "The Caddy That Zigs." But the Catera is long gone (good riddance) and we've found a candidate that's more worthy of carrying on that short-lived tagline. Take your blood pressure medicine, folks - the CTS-V Coupe is here. And it does a lot more than simply zig or zag. It utterly dominates the high-powered sports coupe segment.

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