General Motors finally revealed the production version of their much anticipated Cadillac, the CTS Coupe. Joining the current range of CTS sedan, Sport Wagon and CTS-V performance saloon, the 2+2 Coupe features a unique design, looking exactly like its concept model shown at 2008 NAIAS, which is like nothing else on the streets today and for that reason it’s very cool! It’s a new face for Cadillac and as Bryan Nesbitt, new general manager, points out “It is intended to appeal to a new generation of car enthusiasts.”
Powering the CTS Coupe is the GM’s 3.6Liter Direct Injection V6 engine developing 304 horsepower (227 kW), which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox for pure driving pleasure. A 6-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control and paddle shifters is also available as an option. This engine averages 27 mpg on the highway. It also runs on less expensive regular unleaded gasoline.There will be a high performance “V” version of the coupe in the works as well, to be released later.
The Coupe comes with a sophisticated chassis setting consisting of 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.
You also two choices for the wheels and tires combination: 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.
There is also no shortage of luxury inside the CTS Coupe’s cabin. You get standard features such as hand-sewn accents covering the door, center storage console and instrument panel trim and the 14-Way adjustable Recaro sport seats, previously exclusively offered on Cadillac’s V-Series model. There is also a wide range high-tech toys installed on the car 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
So as far as powertrain, technology and luxury matters, the new Cadillac CTS Coupe is a fantastic cars. Still, the best thing about it is indeed the design.Some of the 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.
Cadillac CTS-Coupe will be on display at this year’s L.A. Autoshow and will go on sale next year as a 2011 model. Pricing will be announced later.