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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

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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.

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Design

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.

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Performance

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.

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Technology

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.

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That is not its best angle. reminds of of those stubby tailed 3 Series hatchbacks.

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Sounds good. Once this gets on the lots, it is a perfect example of what lots of people have wanted on C&G. A sedan, coupe, and wagon in one model. It starts at Cadillac and works its way to Chevrolet. One can hope.

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Drop dead gorgeous and oozing class. I can't wait to see one on the road.

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That is not its best angle. reminds of of those stubby tailed 3 Series hatchbacks.

If the taillight was a bit longer i think it might be better.

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I'm sure the actual road car I see in person will give me happiness; however, the body seems awfully... uh, tall to me.

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That's jaw-droppingly good looking. I didn't expect the rear window to be that long. Hopefully it will do better than other "niche" GM coupes like the XLR and Solstice Coupe.

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I'm sure the actual road car I see in person will give me happiness; however, the body seems awfully... uh, tall to me.

Looks lower when viewed from above...

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it does look a bit tall. actually, how is one supposed to clean the inside of that back window at the base once it gets all cloudy from offgassing?

here is the deal, its gorgeous, stunning, etc. but i almost wonder if i wouldn't like to see this thing with a little more hood, longer trunk, less greenhouse.

cadillac has got to be happy now that they have the CTS wagon and coupe on line, and the new SRX. imagine if they had the new DTS and ATS in a year or so to chase this down.

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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./quote]
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Well it is very nice. I would have preferred a bit better delineated deck area, it is kind of hatchback-y. Also, they say it has "no" B-pillar, but clearly it is just hidden behind the quarter glass, I'm sure the quarter glass cannot be retracted. And it's a good thing it has a back-up camera.

Now I really want to see at least some real-world photos from the show floor, and of course in person to form a complete judgment.

I am very happy to see three bodystyles come back to market from one nameplate. I hope they sell a decent amount of each style and that, in turn, justifies to the bean counters a multiple-bodystyle strategy throughout the new, smaller company.

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I like it. E-Class Coupe just got a new competitor. :)

I would like to see the trunk lower for visibility purposes, but then I'm concerned that the overall look of the car would be compromised.

Also, this would be the perfect application for an intermediate engine before the V-Series. 3.6TT, perhaps?

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It is a bit tall, especially in the back. Having said that I am getting a "fast back" Mustang/Gran Turino kind of vibe even from the high rear hatch and the way the window flows into the trunk. This is one HOT car, and I love the rear fascia with the exhaust popping out of the body panel! I hope it sells well enough the so they can give us one with the next generation CTS, anyone up for a droptop?

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Beautiful. Can't wait to see it in person. Looking forward to seeing the wagon also (haven't seen one yet).

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When I'm at the LA Auto Show, I will be sure to take lots of photos of the car for everybody's enjoyment.

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I am very happy to see three bodystyles come back to market from one nameplate. I hope they sell a decent amount of each style and that, in turn, justifies to the bean counters a multiple-bodystyle strategy throughout the new, smaller company.

This is the part that matters to me. Caddy just isn't my thing, but the way they are doing the CTS lineup most certainly is.

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Key design features include:

* Classic hardtop styling, with no conventional B-pillar

Don't want to get 68 on this, but I see a b-pillar in there or is that referring to the concept?

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Well, I think the keyword here is "conventional". The b-pillar is hidden behind the glass.

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That's not exactly pie in the sky...I mean both the Camaro and the Challenger do it, WOWOWOWOW. If it was a real hardtop that would be cool, but I'd still take the sport wagon.

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having seen the sportwagon in person, and loving it........i have to say that was my favorite CTS but these pictures are too nice so i think i might give the coupe a slight nudge in its favor. i would love to be seen driving this thing.

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Silver is so common and dull...I'd love to see pics of the coupe in Black Cherry (my favorite CTS color).

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I had some hope that they would've fixed the tall profile by the way some of the camo photos looked, but the production model seems to be as tall as the concept was. I love the coupe's detailing, but like the LaCrosse, they went too extreme and too polarizing when it comes to the body profile. Both the LaCrosse and CTS Coupe have more of a Japanese vibe from the side.

Here are side profiles done the right way

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Compared to this

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The CTS Coupe looks great! Good work keeping the production version close to the concept car. The Recaro Seats, paddle shifters and back-up camera are the icing on the cake! The bold styling, great size and complete package make for an extraordinary car that is true to Cadillac's heritage! I'll be anxious to trade my '08 CTS-4 for this car!

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I like the side profiles of all of them except the 6-er. Looks fugly and dated.

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