Official: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

Set to hit the showrooms in the spring of 2010, the new CTS coupe, according to GM, promises to become the centerpiece of the brand's revised lineup.

Based on the CTS Coupe Concept, which was introduced back in 2008 at the Detroit Auto Show, the new Cadillac features 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.

The CTS Coupe's standard powertrain consists of a direct injected 3.6L V6 capable to deliver 304 horsepower (227 kW) and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway as well as a six-speed manual transmission.

Also, a 6-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control (and available steering wheel mounted shift buttons) is optional. The powertrain's performance is channeled through a chassis that delivers sports car performance without punishment.

According to the manufacturer, 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.

The new 2011 CTS Coupe offers a host of advanced technologies such as: 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 and a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround audio system.

Powertrain

Everything about the Cadillac CTS Coupe was groundbreaking in its own right. Equipped with a 3.6-litre V6 engine with direct fuel injection, the Cadillac CTS Coupe promises excellent fuel efficiency and economy. The more efficient combustion in the new V6 engine results to less waste material that, in turn, translates to hydrocarbon emissions. In fact, the new engine has 25% less hydrocarbon emissions at cold start than any other previous model.

Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the engine can produce a maximum of 304 horsepower. This is equivalent to 227 kW. Fueled by cheap unleaded gasoline, the engine consumes only one gallon per 27 miles. The chassis is of superb design as well.

The new Cadillac CTS Coupe’s sports car performance is made possible with features like an independent short/long arm front suspension system, as well as a multi-link rear suspension. Steering is controlled by a hydraulic control arm front bushings.

Stopping power always goes hand in hand with sports car performance, thus Cadillac equipped its new offering with four-wheel disc performance brakes. In addition, owners can customize their suspension by subscribing to one of two tuning packages.

First, we have the Performance Package which includes 18-inch wheels and all-season tires. The second package is the Summer Tire Performance Package, which makes use of 19-inch tires and wheels with better traction.

Cadillac CTS Coupe comes with an advanced electronic chassis control system as standard equipment. Standard equipment also includes the six-speed manual transmission and the 304 HP V6 engine.

The standard equipment comes with a redesigned clutch as well as a dual-mass flywheel for better responsiveness from the clutch and engine. If customers want to drive an automatic, they can opt for the 6-speed A/T with Driver Shift Control.

Press Release

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

Cadillac unveiled the 2011 Cadillac 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 Cadillac CTS Coupe is a new luxury sports coupe designed to become the centerpiece of the brand's revised lineup.

"Cadillac 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 Cadillac 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 Cadillac 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.

Design

Cadillac 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 Cadillac 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 Cadillac 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 Cadillac 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.

Performance

The Cadillac CTS Coupe extends Cadillac's emerging performance credentials. The Cadillac 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

Cadillac 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 Cadillac CTS Coupe models as an option.

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