First Drive: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Review
Two is greater than four
I promise I really did pay attention in math class. I know that in mathematical terms, the number four is greater than the number two. Thing is, even during those classes, it was two-door cars I was sketching in the margins of my homework, not 4-doors. It's no secret that in the automotive realm less can be more. Weight, doors, roofs, all benefit from a dose of less. Most buyers can admit that if family toting or business pretenses are out of play, lightweight, roofless, 2-door machines reign supreme. The CTS Coupe employs one of those three "less is more" categories, but where it's portly and roofy, 2-doors and dramatic design to make up for it.
In photos, the CTS Coupe is stunning. In person, it's take your breath away, drop-dead, holy cow she's out of my league gorgeous. GM is on a tear lately with building production cars that are almost carbon copies of their respective concept vehicles. The Volt aside, the Camaro is spot-on, and the production CTS Coupe looks like it rolled right off of the auto show pedestal. Truly, stylistic concessions are few, and this2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Side " vspace="4" width="293" align="right" border="0" height="220" hspace="4"> is soon to be the hottest car on the road. Mark my words.
From the base of the windshield forward, the coupe is the same as the CTS Sedan and Wagon. Head rearward, and it's a car all its own. The windshield is sloped back 2 degrees, the side windows are incredibly short, and the rear window is nearly horizontal with the road it's tearing over. In back, is center exit exhaust (watch your legs when loading things in the trunk) along with a center taillight that doubles as a spoiler. Flanking the rear are taillights that sweep up into the c-pillar with stunning LED light pipes that add that extra dose of flair at night. Pushed out the edges, and draped just right with the fenders, the optional rolling stock is 19" wheels with monstrous 275/40 meats in the rear, and 245/45's in the front. All told, the Coupe oozed performance. Cadillac, the styling department deserves a raise.
Photos by Chris Allen