• Apr 9, 2011

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

Cadillac has apparently changed its plans for the next-generation CTS yet again, confirming the development of a coupe to fill out the rest of the line when it arrives in 2013. This comes after reports that Caddy's mid-level fighter would only be offered in sedan form.

Fighting it out for the hears and wallets of coupe and convertible buyers was originally going to be left to Cadillac's upcoming BMW 3 Series competitor, currently codenamed the ATS. The rationale was that a more traditional coupe roofline and folding convertible top would integrate into the ATS's rump more smoothly than the angular CTS.

For the next generation CTS, Motor Trend says Cadillac is changing the car's underpinnings from the current Sigma platform to the Alpha rear-drive platform, which will also see duty under the next Chevrolet Camaro.

Rumor has is that Cadillac is working on an even more radical design for the next-generation CTS Coupe, which will likely share its doors with the Camaro. And as we've heard so many times before, there may be a low-volume flagship model from Cadillac, nosing its way past the six-figure price point.

Photos copyright ©2011 Zach Bowman / AOL

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      If GM is putting the research dollars into a CTS Coupe - as well as a ATS sedan/coupe/wagon - then that means to me that the current CTS Coupe is selling well enough to justify the costs.

      That's good news both for GM and for car enthusiasts cuz the CTS Coupe is one HOT looking car, especially in person.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not all reports from Motor Trend turn out to be accurate.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am one of the very few Europeans who own a CTS-V. I was sooooo tired of the same old monotone, mundane and boring german elitist luxury brands that having this car made my driving an experience again.
      I love how the car looks, i love how it handles , the quality etc etc.
      Now that I see these coupes makes me want one.
      Don't even mention the flagship...my wifey will divorce me for sure. She's already complaining that I talk too much about the Cadillac CTS.
      Well anyhow, congratulations to GM and their designers and engineers. You have one of the best cars in the WORLD!
        • 3 Years Ago
        isn't this a fun game...let's guess the identity of the commentator!
        Oh wait the whole point of web forum anonymity is ...anonymity.
        Too bad for you "hamburger fed" american!
        To add to your idiotic stupor I'm writing you from Hong Kong mo_ron !I learned this word in America from my intelligent American friends who by the way are alot more elitist than you are
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't believe you...I don't think you're European. The syntax of your post indicates American/Canadian. "Elitist," "etc., etc.," "flagship," "wifey." Nope, you're 100% corn-fed...

        Alas, this is what anonymous commentary can lead to: People pretending to be something they aren't and heaping praise on something just to score points w/people who don't know better. I bet you are one of those guys that sends those "glurge" mass emails too, no?

        But hey, thanks for playing.

        The Charlie Daniels Ultra Patriotic Express
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I really want to like the CTS Coupe, I just don't find it to be an attractive vehicle, especially compared to its competition (G37, 3-Series, A5) I hope the next generation model is better designed for the sake of attracting a younger audience.

      Great, here comes the down rank because I'm stating my subjective opinion on the internets...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've grown to really like this car, but I have to wonder, if the name CTS stands for "Catera Touring Sedan," Then isn't having a CTS Coupe a little stupid?
        • 3 Years Ago
        According to Cadillac the "C" in CTS stands for C-Segment, not Catera.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They may say that now, but the way I see it, we have the DTS, STS, and CTS, The Deville, Seville, and Catera, respectively. Perhaps what you've found is a recent statement by Cadillac in order to give the CTS-Coupe a less ridiculous launch.
        • 3 Years Ago
        yep... should be called the CTC. maybe they just dont want people thinking of the el dorado/ ETC?
      • 3 Years Ago
      'coupe roofline and folding convertible top would integrate into the ATS's rump more smoothly than the angular CTS.'

      As a person who's seen the angular CTS coupe, I can hardly fathom a better looking car. Especially that CTS-V. oh la la.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are they already talking about replacing the CTS? GM can't make it any better.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You have to plan ahead. The current CTS is 3 years old, they have to be well into designing the next one already so it can be ready in 2 years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A high-end flagship model would be something great for Cadillac. Even if it is a loss-leader, if executed properly it would bring a lot of respect to the brand.

      Also, I would love to see a higher-technology engine (a la Northstar) used as a basis for the V-models rather than a pushrod small block Chevy. Nothing wrong with those engines, but again, it's about trying to boost the Cadillac image.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I bet both the STS-V and XLR-V would have done better with a Chevy smallblock under the hood. Okay, nothing could have saved them, but still, blowing the Northstar was an obvious case of blowing it.

        GM can't afford to build a truly worthy DOHC V8, and they probably wouldn't get any credit from the marque snobs for welding two DOCH V6s together to make a V12.

        Honestly, the CTS Coupe, particularly in V form, is about the best flagship/halo vehicle Cadillac can hope for. Chasing the higher end at this point seems irresponsible, even if it means the wreath & crest has nothing to satisfy the richest 1%. Let Cadillac focus on making truly great automobiles under $100K (hint: the XTS is doomed from the start, try again GM) that legitimately bloody the noses of German-marque salesmen, and entertain the idea of something richer when it doesn't feel so wrong.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't see a place for the Northstar anymore.

        The current 3.6L DI V6 makes the same HP in less space and the LS makes more HP in less space too. Why spend a lot of money making a DOHC V8? I just don't see where it would fit.

        The LS is cheap, efficient, smooth, powerful, torquey and reliable. If it bothers you that it doesn't have overhead cams, then just buy a DOHC sticker for the engine cover.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "I wish people would abandon the idea that overhead cam is somehow "higher tech" than overhead valve, when both technologies are absolutely ancient."

        not to mention that pushrod engines are actually the *newer* of the two technologies... so if you want to be extra pedantic about it... OHC engines are the more ancient design.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Also, I would love to see a higher-technology engine (a la Northstar) used as a basis for the V-models rather than a pushrod small block Chevy."

        WHAT? The Northstar is a technologically inferior and lower output engine than the LS series. It weighs more, its taller to it can't be put as low and rearward as the LS, and even with a supercharger on the XLR-V (adding more weight) it doesn't match the performance or come close to the fuel economy of even the LS3. There is a reason that on engine swaps people buy LS3 and LS7 crate engines and not LC3s.

        I wish people would abandon the idea that overhead cam is somehow "higher tech" than overhead valve, when both technologies are absolutely ancient. Look at engine size, weight, output, and fuel economy... thats what matters, and they are fantastic on the LS series which is the best engine GM currently makes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really, skoochy? Comparing DOHC to pushrod engines by measuring the empty space traveled by the pistons? Displacement is irrelevent -- try using total engine mass, size, or cost, all things that actually matter in a production vehicle.

        What GM can't afford is a clean-sheet design DOHC V8. The successor to the LS3/9/A will have cutting-edge technology; it'll be even more efficient and powerful. Get over your valvetrain fetish.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I personally think the CTS Coupe is hideous. But if it sells well, it'd be stupid to not make a new one.

      I really hope they make a premium full-size luxo sedan, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love it. It's as classy as the Eldorado and 100-times cooler (and more powerful). A true hot-rod Cadillac (...the V model!).
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my CTS-V! If you build it, they will come...
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a wagon?

      If we get it, can it have wagon rear doors this time please?
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