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Today the wraps were officially removed from the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, the first two-door from Caddy since 2002. The coupe is the latest model to join the burgeoning CTS lineup, which also includes the sedan that started it all, the 556-hp CTS-V super sedan and the more recent CTS Sport Wagon. The coupe, however, is by far the most visually distinct CTS, sharing only its instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille with the sedan. Though its wheelbase is the same as the four-door's, the coupe sits two inches lower and stretches two inches less from tip to tail. The best touches are the hidden B-pillar, flush door handles, center-mounted dual exhaust, and a windshield and back glass that are raked at impossibly steep angles.

While the exterior screams excitement, the coupe's mechanicals are what we've come to expect from the CTS, which ain't a bad thing. The standard engine at launch will be General Motors' direct inject 3.6-liter V6 producing 304 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. Expect 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway when paired with GM's optional Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic and 17/25 with the standard Aisin six-speed manual. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive are available, as are two handling packages: a Performance package with 18-inch wheels and a Summer Tire Performance package with 19-inch wheels, summer tires and larger brakes. Cadillac also confirmed that a V-Series variant will be sold sometime 2010.

The 2010 CTS Coupe is being referred to by GM as the focal point of Cadillac going forward, and it certainly anchors an incredibly strong and varied CTS lineup. There are plenty of competitors out there, however, just waiting for the CTS Coupe to throw its first punch, including the incredibly competent BMW 3-Series coupe and Audi A5. From this first look at things, they should brace themselves.

[Source: Cadillac]



LOS ANGELES – Cadillac today unveiled the 2011 CTS Coupe, the latest and most dramatic of the brand's series of new designs to reach production. Slated to arrive in Cadillac showrooms in the spring of 2010, the CTS Coupe is a new luxury sports coupe designed to become the centerpiece of the brand's revised lineup.

"CTS Coupe is the new focal point of Cadillac, expressing both our design and technical capabilities," said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. "It is intended to appeal to a new generation of car enthusiasts."

The Coupe joins the CTS Sport Sedan, the 556-horsepower (415 kW) CTS-V and new CTS Sport Wagon as the foundation of Cadillac's lineup. A high-performance V-Series edition of the Coupe will also be released in 2010.

The CTS Coupe's design carries over virtually unchanged from the concept car that was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2008. The Coupe is a classic 2+2 layout bolstered with advanced technology, such as a rear-view camera system and a performance-oriented suspension system coupled to rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

CTS Coupe emerged as a proposal inside Cadillac's design studio, where designers have developed and evolved the brand's Art and Science design philosophy.

"Cadillac has always been an emotional brand – it's about delivering art regardless of body style," said Max Wolff, director of exterior design for Cadillac. "With the CTS Coupe, it was about taking something very strong – the CTS Sport Sedan – and
extending its potential."

The coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS, but an overall height that is approximately two inches (51 mm) lower and an overall length that is two inches (51 mm) shorter.

Although it draws from its sport sedan sister, the CTS Coupe shares only the instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille. Key design features include:
  • Classic hardtop styling, with no conventional B-pillar
  • Touch-pad operation for the doors removes the need for conventional door handles, creating a technical, clean profile
  • A windshield laid at a faster angle (62.3 degrees) and a long, nearly horizontal backglass area combine to create a sleek, aerodynamic look
  • Sculpted lower front fascia with unique brake-cooling vents
  • Diamond cut-style rear fascia with mesh lower grilles
  • Center-outlet exhaust with twin dihedral-shaped tips that pass through the rear fascia
  • Signature vertical lighting, highlighted with LED light pipes
  • Rear spoiler integrated into the center high-mounted stop lamp
  • Sculpted roof-mounted antenna for OnStar and XM Satellite Radio.
At first glance, the shape of CTS Coupe is refreshingly simple, yet amplified with intricately carved details. Distinctive and original Cadillac signature cues combine with hand-sculpted forms, artfully articulating the confidence of the chassis. For example, the rear fenders were purposefully developed by hand in Cadillac design studios to visually acknowledge the RWD powertrain. The gestured profile, coupled with Cadillac's vertical taillamps and pronounced rear centerline, aim to achieve the most visually confident coupe in the segment.

The CTS Coupe extends Cadillac's emerging performance credentials. The CTS Coupe's standard powertrain consists of a direct injected 3.6L V-6 and six-speed manual transmission. Direct injection technology delivers fuel more precisely to increase the efficiency of combustion, enabling more power while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions.

The 3.6L DI engine is rated at 304 horsepower (227 kW) and offers EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway. It also runs on less expensive regular unleaded gasoline.

The powertrain's performance is channeled through a chassis that delivers sports car performance without punishment. The hardware includes an independent short/long arm (SLA) front suspension system, with hydraulic control arm front bushings; and a multi-link rear suspension mounted on a fully isolated subframe. Also included are four-wheel disc performance brakes, premium steering and limited-slip differential.

Two suspension-tuning levels are available: a Performance Package with 18-inch wheels and all-season tires (available in both RWD and AWD,) and the Summer Tire Performance Package, with 19-inch tires and wheels and a higher level of road holding
capability. StabiliTrak, the advanced electronic chassis control system, is standard.

The 304-horsepower (227 kW) 3.6L V-6 Direct Injection engine will be standard, equipped with a six-speed manual, featuring a revised clutch and dual-mass flywheel that offers better clutch pedal feel and improved engine isolation. A 6-speed automatic
transmission with Driver Shift Control (and available steering wheel mounted shift buttons) is optional.

CTS Coupe blends handcrafted luxury with a contemporary, driver-focused interior that supports the car's high-performance capabilities. The interior includes hand-sewn accents covering the door, center storage console and instrument panel trim. 14-Way adjustable Recaro sport seats, previously exclusively offered on Cadillac's V-Series model, will be offered on all CTS Coupe models as an option.

The car offers a host of advanced technologies, including:
  • Integrated iPod/MP3 capability
  • 40-gig hard drive, including the ability to store music and pause-and-replay live radio
  • Pop-up navigation system
  • Adaptive forward lighting system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard Keyless Access and Smart Remote Start
  • Rear Camera system
  • Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround™ audio system
As with other Cadillac models, the CTS Coupe comes standard with OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar.

About Cadillac
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by dramatic new designs and global expansion. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like the butt. Plus, it looks like it has nostrils (the tailpipes).

      Frankly, it looks like an A&S version of the Crosstour rear.

      The front looks like CTS. I just wish that GM would find a way to not make the grille look so cheap.

      The sedan and wagon look better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, the grille does look cheap. I bought a CTS wagon last week, and even before I bought it I thought "boy, Cadillac sure has some cajones to put a plastic grille on a car this expensive". Then I realized that not only did my previous car (Audi A6) have a plastic grille, but everything else does too. I guess the secret is just to make it seem less obviously plasticky.

        Still, you get over it, it's not a fatal flaw.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure you can pay more and weigh more for a billet grille.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear 3/4 view isn't its most appealing, and it has a little too much of the old C-Class hatchback problem where there's too much sheetmetal between the top of the rear wheel well and the bottom of the rear window.

      Still, its styling and design cues are like nothing else out there (aside from the sedan and wagon, of course), and uniqueness, whether pretty or ugly, will always have some fans, myself included. I wouldn't buy one, but that's only because I'm more interested in the rumor of a CTS-V wagon (I'm just a fan of wagons). I hope it sells well, because I'd like to get distracted by it on my drive to work like I did when the redesigned sedan came out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A lifelong GM buyer I finally gave up and went elsewhere to find a suitable vehicle.
      GM keeps trying to tell us what we should want instead of listening to what we really want. This is another example.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should skip the CTS dashboard and go straight to the SRX dashboard. It's better.

      BTW, I can't believe you rear end haters. This car looks great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      still lovin' it
        • 5 Years Ago
        but also still wishing they'd find some way to reduce the weight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly.
        I drive nothing but GM but boy is that rear end some piece of work!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's like they built a hatchback but forgot to cut a third door into the back...
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're right about the taillight shape. But you need to see them in real life. The current CTS (sedan and wagon) and SRX have these light tubes in them that make them look unlike Continental taillights. Also, the SRX has these Eldorado shapes embedded in the taillights too. Its kinda cool. The CTS Coupe seems to be similar, see how the back line of the taillight is more vertical than the front line (where it meets the sheetmetal)?

        I can see how not everyone likes this. When you make a car that looks this different from other cars, it's not going to appeal to everyone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        your first picture link hit the nail on the head!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The ass of this car looks like the front of an Acura.

        Actualy this car doesnt have an ass, its got a BIG PHAT BOOTIE!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm glad I'm not the only one. The vertical red bar look belongs on poop-haulers and panel vans. The side profile looks great though!
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, i'm glad they're adding it to the lineup, but the a5 has nothing to worry about in the looks department. But do bring us the CTS Coupe V just to throttle the M3 something good :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow ... I think this is an U-G-L-Y car. I remember when Cadillacs used to be, well, the Cadillac of cars! They were beautiful and elegant in design. People could be proud to own and be seen in one. This thing looks like a coupe version of a minivan without the rear liftgate.

      None of the Cadillacs are pretty anymore. There are so many cars that you look at and think, "That's a NICE looking car." Cadillacs are only unique with their sharp edges and boxy design. There's nothing elegant about today's Caddies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not crazy about the rear either, the tailpipes seem odd, but hopefuly the rear isn't slanted as much as it looks in the pictures.

      Does this have a trunk or a hatch? (a-la Scion Tc styling) Seems that the rear deck is awfully short in the pics.

      With the high trunk, does this mean that there's room in there for a convertible hardtop?
      • 5 Years Ago
      the rear looks hideously tall.....it's the same problem with the new srx, but worse...rear visibility is going to be a pain...
      • 5 Years Ago
      To be honest it really reminds me of a g37 coupe. A LOT. which means unless GM brings out the magic, it'll get its butt wiped by the refreshed g37 and redesigned 335i coupe and Audi A4 coupe
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you think this CTS Coupe has a G37 vibe... I really PRAY you are not a car designer!!!

        If you are then your observational skills are pretty poor. The G37 has nice jellybean aero & the CTS features crisp lines & angles. The G37 & CTS Coupe have four wheels in common & thats about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like it, It doesn't carry that "coupe" image well...It should be more flamboyant like coupes should be....The rear is just toooo plain looking and one thing is carrying on the corporate image another is making all their cars look the same from the rear....I don't see people buying this car over a 6-series, E-coupe or the Jag XK.....As for the Sedan it's def on par but the coupe is eh boring looking like something a Chevy dealer would sell with a bow-tie badge not Cadillac s....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it.
      I like it a lot.
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