Cars & Bids Bargain of the Week: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

It’s going electric, too, but before it does, Cadillac is throwing one last internal-combustion performance party. But getting your hands on an Escalade-V or Blackwing sedan isn’t easy even if you can stomach their sticker prices. However, if you’re patient, the used market is here to help. And this week, Cars & Bids has a bargain-priced Blackwing ancestor: a 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan.

The second-gen Cadillac CTS-V set a new American luxury sports sedan standard with supercharged speed

2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
Engine6.2-liter ‘LSA’ supercharged V8
Horsepower556 hp
Torque551 lb-ft
TransmissionsSix-speed manual
Six-speed automatic
Curb weight4213 lbs (2011 manual)
0-60 mph time4.3 seconds (manual)
4.0 seconds (automatic)

When Cadillac said it was taking on BMW’s and Mercedes’ sports sedans, some were a bit skeptical. But the first-gen stick-only CTS-V, though not perfect, showed that the brand was serious. And things only got better when the second-gen Cadillac CTS-V arrived for the 2009 model year.

Like the first-gen model, the second-gen CTS-V has a Corvette-sourced V8. But while the first-gen car used the C5 Z06’s naturally-aspirated V8, the second-gen car’s powerplant comes from the supercharged C6 ZR1. GM also used the LSA to great effect—and speed—in the fifth-gen Camaro ZL1. And it means the 2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan, which briefly held a Nürburgring lap record, is still fast today. Also, it sounds brilliantly angry.

Besides more power, the second-gen Cadillac CTS-V is also more refined than the first-gen car. For one, a new limited-slip differential, driveshafts, and rear subframe quelled chassis shudders during hard acceleration. In addition, second-gen magnetorheological shocks let the sedan carve corners without beating up its occupants. And even if you didn’t get the optional Track Package, the 2009-2014 CTS-V Sedan offered standard Brembo brakes and multiple fluid coolers.

Furthermore, the 2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is more luxurious than the first-gen car. The interior has higher-quality materials and more standard features. That’s especially true of the later models, which added things like standard navigation, a rearview camera, blind-spot detection, and rain-sensing wipers.

Some of its more expensive German rivals were a bit swankier, faster, and lighter. But the second-gen Cadillac CTS-V is easily their equal in terms of steering and chassis communication. And it turned a few of those skeptics into believers.

There’s a one-owner CTS-V for sale on Cars & Bids

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Because the second-gen Cadillac CTS-V was the last to offer a manual, stick-shift examples are highly prized. And manual CTS-V Wagons are priced sky-high these days. However, an automatic CTS-V Sedan like the 2011 model currently listed on Cars & Bids offers the same supercharged thrills. Plus, it’s slightly quicker in a drag race.

Also, this 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is particularly well-equipped. In addition to a backup camera, navigation, leather upholstery, wood trim, and a panoramic sunroof, it also has the optional suede-covered steering wheel and shifter. It has the optional heated and power-adjustable Recaro front sports seats, too, as well as automatic dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, and adaptive HID headlights. And its Bose audio system has Bluetooth.

Although this 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan has some scattered chips, scratches, and interior wear, overall, it’s in great shape. The future owner should replace the tires, though, as they have 2012 and 2013 date codes. But on the plus side, this one-owner CTS-V has less than 49,100 miles on the clock and a clean accident-free history. The owner also plans to change the oil in preparation for the sale and has service records from their local Cadillac dealership.

This used 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan should be a reliable fast bargain

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As of this writing, this 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is listed at $25,250 with four days left in the auction. That’s roughly $10,000 less than the cheapest example with similar mileage on Autotrader. And keep in mind that, according to the original window sticker, this CTS-V cost $72,085 in 2011—that’s $93,670 in today’s money.

Since this is a used high-performance luxury car, a pre-purchase inspection is recommended. But it’s worth noting that, apart from some minor Recaro rattles, these sports sedans are pretty bulletproof. And as a 2011 car, this CTS-V shouldn’t have the supercharger rattles or differential whining that plagued some early cars, CarBibles says. Though as with the C6 ZR1, keep those MagneRide shocks in mind—replacement ones aren’t cheap.

Still, if you want the thrill of a supercharged Cadillac sports sedan without breaking the bank, this 2011 CTS-V might be a great way to celebrate.

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