2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 6, 2011

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.

Press Release

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car

Cadillac announced it will return to racing in 2011 with a race-prepared version of its CTS-V Coupe competing in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge, North America's top production-based racecar series.

The move returns Cadillac to a series where it competed from 2004 to 2007. Competing in the GT Class with the CTS-V Sport Sedan, Cadillac captured the Manufacturer's Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver's Championship in 2005.

Cadillac will field two teams in the upcoming SCCA World Challenge GT Class with a racecar based on the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. The CTS-V line, which also includes the CTS-V Sedan and CTS-V Wagon, was recently named to Car and Driver magazine's 10 Best list for 2011.

"Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe," said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. "The racecars in this series are production based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track, and not just the showroom."

Cadillac is working with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering firm which specializes in motorsports, to develop the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car. While some of the production CTS-V components will be modified due to the unique demands of racing or to meet the SCCA series' technical rules, every effort is taken to maintain as much production content as possible.

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