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2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe Premium Collection Review

Luxurious Sports Coupe

A side view of a blue 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe Premium Collection

In short: A well-appointed luxury sports coupe.

Seamlessly melding high-class accoutrements like plush leather seating and Sapele wood trim with a powerful drivetrain tested on Germany's famed Nürburgring track, the 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe Premium Collection is a stylish expression of luxury performance. Swift, flowing lines allude to this quick coupe's sporty driving dynamics, although the view from behind is less than flattering for the CTS. Rear passengers may also find themselves unsatisfied with the back half of the CTS Coupe, with seating space being quite limited. However, despite its somewhat squashed rear end, this compact Caddy offers decent trunk space, making it ideal for overnight trips to the countryside. Also ideal for country roads is the CTS Coupe's 318-horsepower direct-injected V6, sport-tuned suspension and all season tires, all of which add up to a speedy and sure-footed ride.

While its athletic and efficient engine make the CTS Coupe Premium an able street racer, it's really the intelligent interior technology that sets this luxury sports car apart from the pack. With a glide-up, touch-screen navigation system, pause-and-play live radio, side blind zone alert system and Rainsense wipers, this Cadillac CTS Coupe has done much to earn its "Premium" appellation.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty;
5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile premium care maintenance; 5-year/100,000-mile courtesy transportation; 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $48,150 / As tested: $53,925

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct injection
Horsepower: 318 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque: 275 lb-ft @ 4,900 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
3,898 lbs
Wheelbase: 113.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 188.5/74.1/56 in
Turning circle: 35.4 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: independent front and rear suspension

Traction: StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control

0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
18 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

driver and front passenger front and side impact airbags; front and rear head curtain side airbags

Likes: mpg; sterring wheel feel

Dislikes: limited rear view; sound; seats; rear design


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