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New Product: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe – Monticello, NY

August 18th, 2010 by Stu

With CTS Coupe, which hit dealers earlier this month, Cadillac has once again put ze Germans on notice. Jim Vurpillat, VP of Marketing at Cadillac, tells me that the chiseled 2-door represents the most dramatic expression of the brand’s Art & Science design language to date. I can’t really disagree with him based on the extreme proportions and razor sharp surface transitions scattered throughout this modern day shooting brake. Talk about form meeting function, the edgy rear brake light doubles as a spoiler and actually adds downforce at speed. Love it or hate it, this thing turns a lot of heads. I got all varieties of oohs and ahs driving my sleek black tester in and around Manhattan.

The new coupe rounds out the CTS line-up, adding an unabashed sense of sport and grand touring to sedan and wagon variants already in showrooms. Most importantly, the CTS family cadence now more closely mirrors that of Audi, BMW and Mercedes with their A4/A5, 3-Series and C-Class body style offerings. All that’s missing now is a drop top. Note to Cadillac…get on that.

In typical Cadillac fashion, the absurdly powerful and track-happy CTS-V Coupe is not far behind the V6-powered base model and should be trickling into dealerships right about the time you read this. Like the CTS-V Sedan, the coupe is an absolute beast with 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft. of torque coming from the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found under hood. Other goodies like GM’s road-scanning Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and racing-bred Brembo brakes keep this American hot rod well between the apexes. And I’m not just saying that…GM was good enough to have us out to Monticello Motorclub to sample CTS-V Coupe on the track. Aside from the staggering power (0-60 in 3.9 seconds) keeping you firmly planted to the available Recaro racing seats, you have never seen or felt 4,200 pounds rip around corners quite like this.

Lots of pictures and video after the jump. Also check out our CTS-V Coupe featured gallery.

Enjoy!

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Jaguar Legendary Performance Tour – Monticello, NY

July 1st, 2009 by Stu

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Jaguar was good enough to have us out to Monticello Motor Club to sample their new and improved line of 2010 “R” spec models. Not only does that “R” stand for racing but we figured that the track was an ideal setting to properly experience 510 HP and one of the more impressive suspension systems we have encountered lately. Sure, we drove around the beautiful Monticello back country to get a sense of real world road manners, which were silky smooth and bank vault quiet, but nothing beats punching the gas on a long straight away or holding on for dear life during a physics-defying powerslide.

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