Unfortunately the brake response, like that in the ATS-V, is disappointing. The pedal is wooden and lacking in feel, blunting your willingness to attack the road ahead without more time behind the wheel. That said, thanks to the car's muscular rear-drive nature and vocal engine, you don't have to be going fast to have an awful lot of fun. The car's ride quality’s not bad, either, but it’s certainly stiff as opposed to supple.
The interior still lags behind European offerings in many areas, mainly in terms of material quality. It’s spacious, comfortable and well equipped, though, and features such as the customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument panel do bring a touch of class.
Should I buy one?
If you’re one of the handful who would consider buying a distinctive, left-hand-drive super-saloon, then absolutely. It’s fast, comfortable, sounds great, is gratifying to drive and turns heads like little else in its class. There's some fine engineering at work here, too, that adds extra depth to its appeal.
Sure, the interior leaves a lot to be desired, particularly alongside the likes of an M5, and the transmission and brakes could be improved. Much like the recently launched ATS-V, however, the CTS-V is more rewarding than many rivals when driven at sensible speeds. This low-speed involvement and entertainment bolsters the Cadillac’s charm further. It might not be the most dynamically capable, but in terms of feel-good factor it's hard to beat.
When the CTS-V goes on sale in Europe in early 2016, you’ll even be able to order one directly from Cadillac’s sole UK dealership. It’ll still be left-hand drive, but it’ll be in UK specification and come with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. A chain of GM-affiliated service points will be established, too, so servicing shouldn’t be too problematic.
2015 Cadillac CTS-V
Location Munich, Germany; On sale Spring 2016; Price £75,255; Engine V8, 6126cc, supercharged, petrol; Power 640bhp at 6400rpm; Torque 631lb ft at 3600rpm; Kerb weight 1950kg; Gearbox 8-spd automatic; 0-62mph 3.7sec; Top speed 199mph; Economy 21.7mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 298g/km / 37%