Following the introduction of the Cadillac CTS Coupe last month, the luxury division of General Motors is now preparing to launch the performance version of the stylish coupe. After making the announcement last week, Cadillac has finally released pictures and detailed information for the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe that will debut next week at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. As expected, most of the specs are the same as the car's high-performance sedan counterpart, but the sleek and sexy design used on the two-door CTS is a surprising improvement.
Standing out from the standard CTS Coupe that was just unveiled last month at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, the all-new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe gets a much more aggressive body kit to match the CTS-V sedan. Up front, the coupe gets the normal V-Series treatment including the mesh upper and lower grille openings, a deeper front fascia and a noticeable bump on the hood to make room for the souped-up V-8. The CTS Coupe already has a clean, sporty design in profile including the lack of door handles. Like the Chevrolet Corvette, all Cadillac CTS Coupe models will use a hidden touchpad to open the doors. The rear view of the CTS-V Coupe is also unique as it not only gets a more chiseled rear fascia, but it also replaces the squared-off, center exhaust outlets of the base CTS Coupe with a pair of large diameter circular exhaust outlets.
Finishing off the look of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, the decklid-mounted center brake light is larger and doubles as a rear spoiler. The only exterior parts that the CTS-V Coupe and Sedan share with each other are the headlamps, front fenders and the grille. Besides its unique coupe styling, the only real difference between the CTS-V Sedan and the CTS-V Coupe is that the latter has a rear track that is about an inch wider. Cadillac says this helps the handling capability of the car, but it also helps fill out the bulging rear wheel arches better which adds to the car's overall styling.
Inside, the CTS-V Coupe features a 2+2 layout, and it comes standard with many features optional on the CTS Coupe. Replacing the bright aluminum look found inside the standard CTS Coupe, the CTS-V Coupe cabin will be trimmed with an Obsidian black material for a sportier atmosphere. To match the performance capabilities of the CTS-V Coupe, Cadillac also offers an optional package that includes Recaro performance bucket seats with 14-way power adjustments for the front occupants. As is the case with the exterior design, the only interior parts that the CTS-V Coupe and Sedan share with each other are the instrument panel and the center console.
Like the sedan, the business end of the CTS-V Coupe packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood which is good for 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque, and that can be paired up with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission to power the rear wheels. Cadillac says that acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour takes just 3.9 seconds. For improved stopping abilities, the CTS-V Coupe comes standard high-performance Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front, four-piston calipers in the rear and slotted and vented discs at each corner. Besides the 19-inch Michelin performance tires, Cadillac optimized the handling characteristics of the 2011 CTS-V by adding its high-tech Magnetic Ride Control system.
'The CTS-V Coupe marries our most potent and sophisticated technology with our most dramatic production design,'? said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. 'This combination of visual and technical attributes is designed to create a very compelling choice for luxury sports car consumers.'?
Cadillac hasn't spoiled all of the surprise for its NAIAS unveilings with the early introduction of the CTS-V Coupe. Cadillac has also promised to introduce another concept vehicle that gives a glimpse of a future model - possibly the upcoming Cadillac XTS (a flagship sedan that will replace both the Cadillac STS and the Cadillac DTS). As for the CTS Sport Wagon, Cadillac is also expected to add the V-Series treatment to its first-ever retail station wagon. The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe goes on sale early this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it will likely cost more than the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan that has a starting MSRP of $62,020.