America has never had a car quite like Cadillac’s burly CTS-V. In sedan form there is no Yankee rival; the Chevy SS doesn’t even come close. And even the Germans, with all their prodigious RS4s and M3s and C63s, unexpectedly tinkled their Lederhosen when Caddy first unveiled the Corvette V8-powered performance machine. Bristling with 556-horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque, the CTS-V was the most powerful V8 sedan in the world when it debuted. But for us, the CTS-V was never better than in Coupe form — that blocky, future-forward design that frankly seemed way too abstract (and stunning) for GM to ever put into production. But they did.
And now as Cadillac has introduced their new fourth-generation CTS, which has not been unveiled in Coupe form (and maybe never will, now that they’ve added the silhouette to the ATS model), the days of the CTS-V Coupe are numbered. To celebrate the car’s last hurrah, they’ve introduced a sinister Final Edition which will be limited to only 500 cars. The last CTS-V Coupe will only come in three colors — Crystal White, Phantom Gray and Black Diamond (above) — with a blacked-out grill, red Brembo brake calipers, chrome exhaust tips and 19″ satin graphite wheels. The interior also gets its upgrades, including Recaro performance seats, a thick Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, Midnight Sapele wood trim, alloy pedals, optional sunroof and red contrast stitching. It too will be powered by the last-gen Corvette’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8, paired to a six-speed manual transmission — or six-speed automatic if you’ve lost your mind. The price for nabbing the last of a great American steed? Plan to start at around $72,ooo.