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The question: What kind of car does it take to convince a busy, big-shot, world traveling attorney from the Northeast to catch the next flight to Texas just to go for a car ride?
The answer: A 2011 Cadillac CTS-V coupe.
What car comes to mind when you think about a coupe with 556 horsepower, 551 foot-pounds of torque, 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, ¼ mile in 12.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 175 mph? Probably not a Cadillac, until now.
The 2011 CTS-V coupe is based on the CTS coupe that we drove a few months ago, and enjoyed. Rather than rewriting that review, this review will focus mainly on what the extra letter added to the name means – and it means a lot.
In our week long test of the 2011 Cadillac CTS coupe, we found no one likes the look of the car – they either love it or hate it. The majority of people loved it. We all know Cadillac nailed the looks with the 2nd generation CTS that was introduced in 2008, so they did the logical thing and decided to milk the looks even more by creating this coupe and a wagon version.
Knowing that the coupe has the same 304 horsepower direct injection V6 found in the sedan and still weighs about 4,000 pounds (almost the same as the sedan), we knew this would be no tire shredding rocket car, but we also knew (from our time with the sedan) that Cadillac built the CTS to be a handling dream and gave it enough power to still be fun.
Besides a road course, when you think about testing the limits of a car’s handling, you probably think Mulholland Drive? Well, we do too, but, we also did not feel like driving 1,600 miles (one way), on I-10, through the nothingness that is west Texas, southern New Mexico and Arizona just to carve a canyon road and fight to share space with cyclists. So, rather than heading west, we ventured northeast, out of Houston, in search of a southern alternative to Mulholland Drive.
1928 was the year Cadillac introduced a new V8 engine, 341 cubic-inches and 90 horsepower.
A 1928 Cadillac thought to have belonged to the notorious Chicago mobster Al Capone will be auctioned Friday in California. Expected to sell for about $500,000, the car is also believed to be the oldest surviving bulletproof automobile.
According to rumor, the car may even have been used briefly by President Franklin Roosevelt after Capone was imprisoned, according to RM Auctions, the firm that plans to auction the car.
If you want to cut through city traffic, and you don’t mind breaking the law to do it, impersonating an officer is probably your best bet.
So this car was painted in the same green and black color scheme as 85 other Cadillacs that were supplied to Chicago police and city officials. It also had flashing red lights behind the grill, a regulation police siren and a police-band radio.
The 90-horsepower Cadillac was fitted with 3,000 pounds of steel armor plating and nearly inch-thick window glass. Spring lifts allowed the heavy side windows to be rolled up and down.