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Old 11-23-2009, 12:07 AM   #1
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2011 CADILLAC CTS COUPE: NEW SPORTS COUPE IS CADILLAC'S MOST DRAMATIC DESIGN

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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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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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.

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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Old 11-23-2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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WOW. Love what they've done with the handles... Will the V be getting a new re-design too?
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WOW. Love what they've done with the handles... Will the V be getting a new re-design too?
CTS-V Coupe is on the way.

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Old 11-23-2009, 12:17 AM   #5
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CTS-V Coupe is on the way.

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Old 11-23-2009, 12:20 AM   #6
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so are the left and right sides of the exhaust 2 more brake lights or what are those???
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so are the left and right sides of the exhaust 2 more brake lights or what are those???
Reflectors. Current CTS sedan has them as well.

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Old 11-23-2009, 12:24 AM   #8
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Reflectors. Current CTS sedan has them as well.

ahhhhh...guess i never paid any attention to them....makes sense....
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Reason why I'm so enthusiastic is that my mom was looking at a CTS-V Sedan but I'll try to make her wait until this coupe gets released.
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:52 AM   #10
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i almost just want to stick with my mazda 3 until i can afford this, sacrifice the performance i would get with the SS with the SUPER SEX APPEAL of the cts coupe. too bad i know its out of my price range :( sad face
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:56 AM   #11
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Not a fan of the overall shape, it reminds me of a G6-coupe in profile. Styling details are well executed and I like the creases and other elements, its just the general shape, particularly the rear.I think it stems from how they altered the dimensions. 2" lower, same wheelbase, and 2" less overall. It seems like they were trying to stretch out the look of the car but I don't like how it turned out.

Less overall length is fine but wheelbase should have been reduced by 3-4 inches, 1 in the roof and 2-3 along the c-pillar. It would pull the rear in instead of looking like its hanging out. This is made worse by the angle of the back bumper/fascia. If that were made to be more vertical like on the sedan it could be a lot sharper.

Another little gripe is that the rear quarter panel looks way too big. Again, if it were shortened like I would prefer this would be less of an issue, but the back end is up too high as well. It probably sits at the same height as the sedan (which is a little high for my taste, but tolerable) yet the lower roof seems to highlight it. A side effect of this is that the rear wheels seem to be a little smaller than the front. Perhaps they could make the rears 1" bigger on the CTC-V (I refuse to call it the CateraTouringSedan Coupe) to counter this, and enhance the sports car nature of the car.

Aw well. I know I'm in the monority about this car. Maybe I need to see it in person to appreciate it fully. But as it is, I'd rather have the sedan.
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Agreed. And I'd also rather have the sedan, personally... the sedan is one sexy piece of sheet metal. Not like the camaro sexy, but it has a certain style to it. As a cadillac should.
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Agreed. And I'd also rather have the sedan, personally... the sedan is one sexy piece of sheet metal. Not like the camaro sexy, but it has a certain style to it. As a cadillac should.
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All too awesome! If they had the coupe a few months sooner, i may have picked one up over my SRX! Maybe... lol
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The back end has to go, it just reminds me of a stripper bent over on the pole with her junk all in the air. Nice on the dancer but not this car.
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add this to the list of "vehicles I would mate with if equipped with proper 'accessories'"

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The CTS Coupe is smokin' nice. Wish I could afford one! Perhaps I'll just keep saving until the ATS Coupe comes out.
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I think I died a little...cause I swear...I'm peeking into heaven....

That car...and it's not fair....that car makes me wonder if I ought to get the V-version instead of the Z28. WOW!!
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I think I died a little...cause I swear...I'm peeking into heaven....

That car...and it's not fair....that car makes me wonder if I ought to get the V-version instead of the Z28. WOW!!
I'd put money on the Z being the better performer... but still if for some reason the Z never sees the car lots then I would get a V.
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I think I died a little...cause I swear...I'm peeking into heaven....

That car...and it's not fair....that car makes me wonder if I ought to get the V-version instead of the Z28. WOW!!
I would get the V. Once you sit in the new Caddy's you don't want to leave. Ever.
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