2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
Cadillac, fresh from adding a sleek Sport Wagon to its Europhile CTS lineup, now goes two steps further with a pair of dynamic Sport Coupes.
Like the wagon, the CTS and CTS-V Coupes share much of their mechanicals with the CTS Sedan. The coupes are slightly shorter and lower. The imposing front end, with stacked headlights and coat-of-arms grille is pure CTS.
But, sharp-edged Art & Science styling, and details like a super fast windshield and lack of traditional door handles, makes the trapezoidal silhouette the most distinctive Cadillac in decades.
Out back, vertical taillights and a V-shaped center stop lamp spoiler really spices up the rear view.
The CTS Coupe is powered by the sedan’s familiar 3.6-liter, 304-horsepower direct injected V6. Likewise, the CTS-V Coupe sports the same 6.2-liter 556-horsepower supercharged V8 as its four-door counterpart.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available on the non-V car.
While most buyers will probably spec the six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, we found the six-speed manual and clutch combo had improved feel over the last self-shift CTS we drove.
Indeed, Cadillac likes to say the Coupe’s suspension setup and tuning “amplifies” the sedan’s proven prowess, and we agree. The Coupe feels much lighter than the four-door, with a sharper response and somewhat tauter ride. The CTS-V’s Magnetic Ride Control is also setup for performance driving, and helps keep the car hunkered down when you spin up the supercharger. Still, we really didn’t miss the adjustable setup in the standard car.
Inside, the CTS’ excellent interior loses two doors, but doesn’t skip a beat. Fourteen-way power adjustable Recaro sports seats are standard on the V.
One big difference between the CTS Coupes and rivals, more rear seat room. So, you really can go out for a fast double-date.
Available in August, the Cadillac CTS Coupe starts under $40,000.
3.6-liter direct injected V6
Starting under $40,000