Prior to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, which will open its doors next week, GM released today the first photos with the CTS-V Coupe race car.
Set to make its world debut on January 19, the car was announced last month and GM said that it will re-enter the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT racing series for the 2011 season, which begins March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Behind the wheel, we will find Johnny O'Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class.
According to the manufacturer, the first on-track tests will start on late January at Sebring International Raceway.
Regarding the specs of the car we currently have no details, but we do know that the production version of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is powered by a LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine delivering 556 horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm).
With these numbers, the car can hit 60 mph (96) in just 3.9 seconds. The LSA engine features an intercooled Eaton supercharger system, premium aluminum-alloy cylinder heads and numerous details designed to ensure it makes its power as quietly and smoothly as possible
Cadillac is introducing the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe luxury sports coupe that is bound to be unveiled at the upcoming 2010 Detroit Auto Show. This new luxury sports coupe effectively blends the vaunted power of the supercharged V-8 engine from the Cadillac CTS-V sedan (at 556 hp or 415 kW) and the dramatic styling of the new Cadillac CTS Coupe.
Cadillac general manager Bryan Nesbitt remarked that the new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is a marriage between the luxury carmaker’s most potent and sophisticated technology and its most dramatic production design.
He equipped that this amalgamation of visual and technical qualities should prove to make the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe luxury sports coupe a compelling choice for luxury sports car customers. On the front, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe features a distinct grille that doubles its air intake volume, thereby helping boost its high-performance capabilities.
Moreover, its bonnet features a raised center section to provide clearance for the supercharger. Just the Cadillac CTS Coupe, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe features an exhaust centered inside the rear fascia, although it comes with distinct twin outlets. Its exterior appearance is accentuated by 19-inch cast aluminum wheels -- in either painted or polished finishes – wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.
The rear track of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is almost an inch wider than the CTS-V Sport Sedan, further improving its handling while giving the car a more aggressive stance.
Interestingly, the high level of performance of the current CTS-V Sport Sedan has been confirmed by the fact that it was the first production four-door on street tires to smash the legendary 8-minute barrier at the famed Nürburgring. Helping achieve this feat are its sleeker shape and slightly lower mass on the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.
Stopping power comes courtesy of racing-bred Brembo brakes. On the other hand, the 2+2 cabin of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe blends performance and luxury. It could be specified in a new Saffron interior trim color, with contrasting microfiber seat inserts and stitching on the upper trim areas.
Other technical features include Magnetic Ride Control, and an available automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. Cadillac will commence production of the new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe this summer.