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Back in 2008, Cadillac threw down the gauntlet against its German competitors in an attempt to show that it could build the best high performance mid-sized luxury sedan. The result was the CTS-V. Even if the recent CTS-V Challenge proved to be somewhat less than authoritative in establishing the current car's dominance, it did show off its capabilities. Now Cadillac is expanding its CTS-V range by adding all of the V goodness to the coupe bodystyle that was revealed last month at the LA Auto Show.

The CTS-V coupe will debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week with everything that makes the CTS-V one our favorite super-sedans, albeit in a sexy new two-door shell. Aside from the sleek yet thick-of-beltline new suit, the only other real difference from the existing V is the one-inch wider track at the rear axle, which may or may not be noticeable when driving, and a marginally lower mass. The 556-horsepower supercharged LSA V8 engine and the choice of a manual or automatic six-speed gearbox carries over. We highly recommend that anyone considering a V regardless of bodystyle check the option box for the Recaro seats, they are worth every penny.

Carryover or not, we can't wait for a crack at the V coupe this summer. Now if only Cadillac would hurry up and build a V-wagon.

  • The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe includes a suite of advanced technologies such as Magnetic Ride Control, high-performance Brembo brakes and a 556-hp Supercharged engine. X11CA_CT015 (01/05/2010) (United States)
  • The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe expands the emerging V-Series of high-performance models with distinctive design and technical details. X11CA_CT016 (01/05/2010) (United States)
  • The 2011 CTS-V Coupe begins production in the summer of 2010 as Cadillac's most dramatic statement of design and performance. X11CA_CT022 (01/05/2010) (United States)
  • The 2011 CTS-V Coupe begins production in the summer of 2010 as Cadillac's most dramatic statement of design and performance. X11CA_CT021 (01/05/2010) (United States)

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Art And Science: Cadillac Premieres 2011 CTS-V Coupe
  • New CTS Coupe design combines with V-Series performance
  • 556-hp (415-kW) supercharged 6.2L V-8
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddle shift control
  • Magnetic Ride Control and Brembo brakes
  • New Saffron interior trim accent color
  • On sale in early summer
DETROIT – Cadillac today announced the 2011 CTS-V Coupe, which debuts at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It combines the new CTS Coupe's dramatic design with the 556-horsepower (415-kW) supercharged V-8 engine from the CTS-V sedan. The result is a luxury sports coupe aimed at driving enthusiasts.

"The CTS-V Coupe marries our most potent and sophisticated technology with our most dramatic production design," said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. "This combination of visual and technical attributes is designed to create a very compelling choice for luxury sports car consumers."

The CTS-V Coupe begins production this summer. Its suite of technical and performance elements includes Magnetic Ride Control, racing-bred Brembo brakes and an available automatic transmission with paddle-shift control.

The V-Series Coupe includes a unique grille that doubles the car's air intake volume, an important enabler for its high-performance capabilities. It is also visually identified by a raised center section of the hood that provides clearance for the supercharger, as well as specific front and rear fascias. Like the CTS Coupe, its exhaust is centered inside the rear fascia, but with unique twin outlets. The car rolls on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels, available in either painted or polished finishes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.

The CTS-V Coupe's rear track is nearly an inch wider than the CTS-V Sport Sedan, adding to the car's aggressive stance and enabling an extra measure of handling capability. The current CTS-V Sport Sedan has quickly established itself among the world's highest performing luxury sedans, becoming the first production four-door on street tires to break the legendary 8-minute barrier at Germany's famed Nürburgring. The new V-Series Coupe's sleeker shape and slightly lower mass ensure a similarly high level of performance.

Inside, the 2+2 cabin combines performance and luxury. A new Saffron interior trim color is offered, with contrasting microfiber seat inserts and stitching on the upper trim areas.

Form follows function

The CTS-V Coupe's design is a clear visual statement of the technical precision and performance intent of the car.

The Coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS-V Sport Sedan, but its overall height is about two inches (51 mm) lower and its overall length is two inches (51 mm) shorter. The two models share 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
* Faster windshield angle (62.3 degrees) and a nearly horizontal backglass enable an aerodynamic profile
* Signature vertical lighting, highlighted with LED light pipes
* Signature center high-mounted stop lamp functions as a rear spoiler
* Aerodynamic roof-mounted antenna for OnStar and XM Satellite Radio

Supercharged powertrain

The CTS-V Coupe employs the LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine also found on the CTS-V Sport Sedan. Rated at 556 horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm), it is the most powerful engine offered in Cadillac's history and propels the CTS-V Coupe from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

The LSA engine features an intercooled Eaton supercharger system, premium aluminum-alloy cylinder heads and numerous details designed to ensure it makes its power as quietly and smoothly as possible. The supercharger, for example, has a unique, four-lobe rotor design that enhances quietness while also optimizing the performance parameters of the engine.

A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Coupe: a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with paddle-shift control. Performance Algorithm Shifting is part of the 6L90's programming and provides a performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance driving. As with many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter into the manual "gate" to put the transmission into that more aggressive mode.

The paddle shift control requires no shift lever movement. Steering wheel thumb controls allow immediate and quick tap up/tap down gear selection.

Magnetic Ride Control

The V-Series reaches elite levels of road-holding performance, but also maintains the poise of a luxury car in "regular" driving conditions. The technical enabler of that dual-mode driving character is Cadillac's landmark Magnetic Ride Control. It is standard on the CTS-V Coupe and is the world's fastest-reacting suspension technology. It uses shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology, rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision.

Electronic sensors at all four wheels literally "read the road" every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of body motions. This is of particular benefit for a high-performance car because it helps keep the car very composed during hard cornering, acceleration, braking and other dynamic maneuvers.

The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a broader range of damping control to optimize the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V Coupe, an extra measure of control is offered, with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport), enabling the driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more spirited performance driving.

Braking and tire systems

CTS-V includes sophisticated braking and tire systems, in partnership with two companies renowned for high-performance technology: Brembo and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful, six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

Slotted and vented rotors enable strong initial braking force while optimizing heat resistance and eliminating fade. The brake rotors from Brembo employ a "dual-cast" technology that combines cast iron and aluminum, resulting in excellent performance and weight reduction. CTS-V also includes an electric parking brake, enabling more legroom for the driver, key for high-performance driving.

Michelin partnered with Cadillac engineers to develop its acclaimed Pilot Sport PS2 summer tire for CTS-V and its exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels. The tires support high levels of grip in track conditions, while also affording good performance on the road.

Interior amenities

Recaro performance driving seats are optional in the CTS-V Coupe and provide excellent support for spirited driving. These 14-way adjustable performance seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and backrests.

The CTS-V Coupe also includes an exclusive new Saffron color option for the interior, providing a contrasting color accent carried on the seat inserts, as well as the stitching, which highlights the craftsmanship of the instrument panel, center console, door trim and seats.

The steering wheel, seat inserts and shifter are covered in microfiber, providing the luxurious character of suede without suede's inherent drawbacks of difficult care and moisture sensitivity. These accents are standard, elegant to the touch and help support high-performance driving.

The car's integrated center stack is trimmed in Obsidian black material that is also applied to the center console and door trim. Just like every CTS, the V-Series includes a hand-stitched instrument panel, door trim and center console. Leading-edge infotainment features extend to the V-Series. They include a 40-gigabyte hard drive, advanced navigation system with a deployable screen and Bose digital surround audio, as well as factory-installed Bluetooth phone integration, all standard features on the V-Series.

About Cadillac

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

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      • 5 Years Ago
      As a former VW Corrado owner, I highly approve!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What kind of idiot car company introduces a coupe at a time when coupe sales are falling off a cliff?

      Oh, that's right...we're talking about GM. It makes sense now!
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        What kind of idiot posts here that his only claim to fame is having an IQ half that of Forrest Gump?
        Oh, that's right...we're talking about Brian. Now that really makes sense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When are coupe sales not falling off a cliff?

        Big coupes rarely sell well. I'm surprised they get as much attention as they do by the manufacturers.

        Anyway, did you post the same thing in response to the Genesis coupe announcement? How about the GT-R?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Er, didn't we just see a post on AB about Mercedes reintroducing the C-Class Coupe a day or so ago?

        What was your point again?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I come from California, I live in a hood, I saw the ordinary version of this car in person, at LA, and believe me, based on me and all the crowds around this car...

      This defines cool. The Escalade and this coupe is what cool is all about. Forget Mercedes, lexus, etc.. those are for women with soft butts out in the hills...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this front end doesn't match the rear well. I love this front end on the sedan, more than the regular front end. But on the coupe, I think I like the regular front end better because the rear was designed to match the front of the regular car and then you change it up so they don't match again.

      I wouldn't be surprised to see I like the wagon better with the regular front end too, because the shape of the coupe and wagon rears are so similar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sex on wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks much better than the regular coupe... I was getting worried for a moment, but now I want one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even though I think the Gen 2 CTS is much better looking inside and out, I'm not a fan of the coupe at all. The Gen 2 CTS-V seems like a great car but I'm worried that the only thing people seem interested in is the horsepower rating. The car must be a winner beyond this as well, or it will again fail to hit the target, just as the Gen 1 did.
      I think GM needs to take a more dignified approach to winning over customers in this segment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Sorry but, you lost all credibility with me with your "..tuned on the Ring.." comment. If you haven't figured out yet, that the use of "the 'Ring" is little more than marketing, you need to put down the Kool-aide, and spend more time reading "

        --> How does an American vehicle (in sedan form), which set a lap time of 7:59.32 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife making it the fastest production sedan ever officially recorded on the German benchmark race track, somehow make you believe it's a marketing ploy? This speaks volumes of the engineering, testing,and additional development at Cadillac.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Why not the LS2LS7?:
        First of all, if you've ever read anything I've posted about the Gen 2 CTS-V, you'd know I think it's a great car. If I were in the market, I'd consider it but the styling isn't really my cup-of-tea to be honest. I would most likely end up buying a car that while more expensive, is more pleasing to my eye.
        The point is that I'd like to have the "V" referred to by industry pros as something more than "the bang-for-the-buck leader".

        @ dpauley:
        I never said that the "V" isn't an engineering marvel. To be honest, even the Gen 1 was one hell of a car. My point is that if you actually did some reading on the topic, you'd know that there is no actual "official" production sedan record at the 'Ring. The whole thing is a gimmick cooked up by some marketing guys.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @katshot: I think for the target market of cars like this, the performance numbers ARE what sell the car. If you're not looking for the most bad ass performance, why not buy a regular CTS or 5 series? If interior creature comforts and such are your thing, I'm sure Lexus would be happy to talk to you too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Koloth44:
        I think you'll find that at in this segment, there's no "huge" difference in performance among the competition. This is why the benchmark of any given segment isn't necessarily the one with the fastest top speed, quickest 0-60 (or 1/4 mile), or even the one with the fastest 'Ring time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you read anything about the V? What gives you the impresson that the car is all about hp only? The car handles, stops and goes like hell. The sedan beat the M5 and XF-R in MT comparisons. At Insideline it beat the M5 and C63 in a comparo. The car is a beast all the way around. It was tuned on the Ring for a reason- that wasn't a marketing ploy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That saffron interior will look identical to the concept's.

      Atleast I hope.

      Man this thing is seriously bad ass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm surprised by the positive comments on the styling. i want to like it, but i don't. in a few years this car will look cheap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Prefer the look of the sedan
      • 5 Years Ago
      the grill and air dam has too much chrome, its too blingy
      • 5 Years Ago
      F*cking HOT!
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