Cadillac will not be long in following the ’11 CTS Coupe with a CTS-V Coupe, fully equipped with 556 horsepower. That’s good news for anybody interested in blowing the doors off a BMW M3 or Porsche Boxster. First, the CTS Coupe’s angular styling will be the starting point for conversations relating to this new Caddy.
Cadillac does not say the CTS Coupe completely lacks a B-pillar, only that there is an absence of conventional B-pillars. Removing door handles smooths out the flanks. The windshield is super-fast; the rear glass is even more steeply raked. Surely discovering the angle at which reflections became a serious problem was a serious task for somebody. Exhaust outlets are centrally located, something no design examiner would have expected from Cadillac even ten years ago. (For context, the Boxster and Mini Cooper S use central exits, too.)
All in all, the CTS Coupe is a striking automobile. Its style is now signature Cadillac stuff. While the first-generation CTS was also full of sharp lines and proportioned similarly to the new CTS, it remained controversial and very disliked by many. The new CTS sedan moved the game on. This CTS Coupe ought to be a hit.
Forget the base V6 for CTS Coupe buyers. Cadillac starts off with the direct-injection 3.6L which generated 304 horsepower. In the Chevrolet Camaro, this engine manages 29 miles per gallon on the highway. The CTS Coupe will be rated at 27mpg. Cadillac has named its suspension settings the Performance Package (18-inch wheels on all-season tires) and the Summer Tire Performance Package. Ingeniously, the latter setup includes summer tires, and on 19-inch wheels to boot. Buyers will be able to choose between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. Appealingly, the CTS-V‘s Recaro seats will be an option on all CTS Coupes.
More images of the CTS Coupe are now on offer in the Gallery below. Expect a GoodCarBadCar.net 3 To Beat soon.