Bottom line: The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V coupe is an excellent buy for rich people who care more about performance and beauty than they do about a product label that supposedly confers prestige. But CTS-V buyers can hold their heads high on that score. This one says you have money, position, taste . . . and common sense.

Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets superior marks in all three.

Head-turning quotient: It is a stunning work of chiseled elegance that turns heads everywhere.

Body style/layout: This is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-door, four-seat luxury high-performance car. The “V” indicates that it is the high-performance member of the Cadillac family, much as “M” is the high-performance indicator of things BMW and “AMG” is the high-performance designation for Mercedes-Benz. The CTS-V also is available as a sedan and a station wagon.

Engine/transmissions: It comes with 6.2-liter, supercharged (forced air for better air/fuel mixture and cleaner, more powerful burn), 16-valve gasoline V-8 engine linked to a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual operating capability is optional.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. (General Motors Company )

Capacities: Seats four people. Cargo capacity is 10.5 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 18 gallons of gasoline (premium is required).

Mileage: You pay for the magical ride and thrust of the CTS-V coupe with a federal gas-guzzler tax and frequent trips to the pump for premium gasoline reflective of a mileage rating of 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 on the highway.

Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, emergency braking assistance, electronic brake-force distribution, traction and stability control, side and head air bags, OnStar emergency communications system and stolen-vehicle tracking assistance, and adaptive headlamps.

Pricing: The base price for the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V coupe is $63,600, with a dealer’s invoice price of $59,466. Price as tested is $71,925, including $4,800 in options (“midnight” sapele-wood interior trim package, 19-inch-diameter high-polished steel wheels, Recaro seats) and a $1,300 federal gas-guzzler tax and $925 factory-to-dealer transportation fee. Dealer’s price as tested is $67,215.