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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

When we had our first shot at the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, we described it as "audacity in motion." After all, the new Caddy coupe is indeed one of the most attractive designs to come out of General Motors in quite some time.

In an effort to get these hot new two-plus-twos out on the road as soon as possible, Cadillac is ramping up production of the CTS Coupe a bit early, and the first few models are starting to roll off of assembly lines at GM's Lansing Grand River assembly plant. Pricing starts at $38,990 for the base, rear-wheel-drive model, which will be joined by the pavement-bending CTS-V Coupe later this year.

Check out the sexy new CTS Coupe for yourself in the gallery below, and hit the jump to read Cadillac's press release.

Photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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2011 CTS Coupe Headed To U.S. Dealers

Lansing Grand River Assembly adds latest model to award-winning CTS line

Lansing, Mich. – Cadillac's Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant has begun production of the 2011 CTS Coupe and started shipping models to U.S. dealerships ahead of schedule. The all-new CTS Coupe has a starting price, including destination charges, of $38,990.

The CTS Coupe joins the CTS Sport Sedan and CTS Sport Wagon, an award-winning line that has been named to Car and Driver's 10 Best list for three straight years. All three CTS models and the Cadillac STS sedan are made at Lansing Grand River Assembly.

Lansing Grand River Assembly team members spent months preparing for the launch of the CTS Coupe to ensure the highest levels of quality, said Plant Manager Scott Whybrew. Lansing Grand River Assembly topped all U.S. plants in the 2010 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey. The CTS ranked among the top 10 of all vehicles in the quality survey.

While the CTS Coupe joined the existing CTS family, the Coupe's dramatic design called for many unique parts and processes. The Coupe has a lower roofline, shorter overall length and wider track, providing a more aggressive stance and athletic profile. Lansing Grand River team members ensured the CTS Coupe had the same high standards as the other Cadillacs built at the plant, Whybrew said.

"We have very experienced assemblers at Lansing Grand River," Whybrew said. "They work hard to make sure each vehicle meets the levels of quality and craftsmanship expected in a Cadillac. We want customers to feel as much pride in owning a Cadillac as we do in building them."

The launch of the CTS Coupe has added excitement to Lansing Grand River Assembly, said Mike Green, president of UAW Local 652. The plant launched the first CTS almost 10 years ago. It expanded the CTS line to include the CTS Sport Wagon last year.

"It's nice to add a product that gives consumers another choice, especially one such as the Coupe that's been getting such rave reviews," Green said. "The Lansing Grand River team members deserve a great deal of credit for making the Coupe a reality."

The CTS Coupe won the Eyes on Design concept award at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Autoblog described the production model as "audacity in motion." Car and Driver wrote that the 2011 CTS Coupe added "more style and a higher concentration of performance to the CTS's winning formula."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's just weird.
      • 4 Years Ago
      DAMMIT FORD! Are you guys paying attention??? This thing is sweet, and what have you got? NOTHING!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very interested in seeing how well this car sells.

      It seems to have gotten quite a few positive reviews, but clearly it's styling is rather polarizing... so wondering what John Q Public is going to think of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that's true, then this might be one of GM's most important new cars... CA is known for it's car culture and thus shunning the typically boring cars from Detroit. If the CTS-coupe can convert people that take automotive styling seriously, then thing could be looking up for The General.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think in places like SoCal, it should sell quite well, precisely because it looks like nothing else on the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that the relatively high MSRP might hold back sales a bit. A base price of $38990 is pretty steep...that's higher than the starting prices for the G37 Coupe, the base 3 Series coupe, and the IS350 (not a coupe but probably cross-shopped). I dunno how much the new C Coupe is going to be though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Edmunds posted track numbers for the CTS coupe last week: 0-60 in 6.7, 1/4 in 14.9 @ 95.0.

        I wouldn't drive a BMW if it were free, because of the kind of people who do. But regardless of what I think of BMWs I'm not going to pretend a high 14 second sporty car is in the same league as a low 13 second one.

        • 4 Years Ago
        ^Are you kidding me with the price issue??

        A BASE 3 coupe has that 230 HP 3.0L engine.
        To get into the 3.0L turbo with 300 HP, you are already at $44k which is thousands above the price of this CTS coupe... and you'll never find a base model on any BMW dealer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Small (under rated?) brochure hp to the contrary, the 328 doesn't give up anything to the 1sb CTS in instrumented performance.

        The 335 and G37 are in another league entirely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad that Cadillac made a choice between only two engines: 300hp or 556HPv, but shouldn't they have named it the "CTC"?

      I'm also seeing conflicting information as to whether the recaro seats will be available in both versions or not. The standard premium seats have cooling and heating, but the Recaro seats have the waterfall leg adjustable cushions and have a sportier "euro" look.
        • 4 Years Ago
        considering most cars in this range like the E-coupe and BMW 3 coupe have less HP and cost more, I think 304HP is a nice round number.

        The base CTS is more than enough for the average buyer who cares more about the luxury interior and being seen than speeding.

        The CTS-V is for people who have $65,000 to spend on a car (in this recession) want to speed regularly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm glad they resisted the temptation to use the trash 3.0 base motor from the sedan and wagon.

        I think there is room in the lineup for another motor before you get to the $70K V series though.

        In a perfect world there'd be a $1,000 checkbox for the LS3 - which is simpler, more compact, and almost certainly cheaper to build than that DI, DOHC V6.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad companies are starting to take a chance with car designs. Love it or hate it looks can be a good thing because there are people that will love it. If you try to please everyone they look kind of bland.

      Tho if i had to choose I'd take the CTS-V sport wagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I'm not wild about the A&S styling, but I think the CTS/CTS-V wagons look the best of the three. The coupe just doesn't do it for me, while the sedan seems a bit too ungainly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks awkward in photos. Really awkward.
      But I'll reserve judgment until I can see one in person.

      Can anything with 556hp really be ugly?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, this thing is butt ugly and I really wanted to like it.

      The fact the government bailed them out and still owns them seals the deal. I'd NEVER buy a GM product again and certainly not this POS.

      Nice knowing ya!
        • 4 Years Ago
        O nice another paid blogger.

        i think some companies are feeling the pressure
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...the new Caddy coupe is indeed one of the most attractive designs to come out of General Motors in quite some time."

      And there my friends, is the whole problem. This homely, boxy failure of a styling exercise is the most attractive Caddy to come out of GM in a long time. The author of that line fails to mention Buick's recent design renaissance. The Enclave is far more appealing, even though it is an SUV, and the new Lacrosse's styling is a quantum leap more attractive than this egg-crated box.

      Why can't Cadillac's styling chief get a clue?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I put in an order up here in Seattle, the salesman called me today and said that they're not expecting them until the end of August, I should get mine like the first week of Sept....hmmmm.

      Damn me for needing the manual transmission, no chance that I'm going to find one on a dealer lot....
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would definitely be the case, but the dealers won't order the CTS with a stick. In the entire country there are 2 sedans with sticks, one in CA and one in CO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the past its been just the opposite.

        Automatics gone the day after they come in while the one stick they had to order sits there dropping ever closer to invoice because most of the showroom traffic can't drive it.

        That's how it went with the Camaros last year.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw one the other night here in Ohio.

      Wow they look better in the wild than on the show floor.

      The car will have it's issues with low rood and seeing out but that is what coupes are for. They are not intended to be the most functional car but the more stylish car.

      I think the car will do fine and like stated it will do really well on the west coast. It has that look at me styling that does so well and it will elevate the CTS image to the next level of cars people want to be seen in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i love looking at the cts coupe, but im picturing it with no roof...im also thinking since this is their first coupe in like 8 or 9-years, why not make a longer wheelbase version (basicly a sts coupe) and call it the etc...make it the eldorado replacement! the only difference is that it would be a rear driver and the eldo was always a front! the cts coupe is beautiful though!!!
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