2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe with 556HP Supercharged V8 Unveiled Ahead of Detroit Show


This here is the ultimate iteration of Cadillac's brand-new CTS Coupe and it will make its first public outing at next week's 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. To the surprise of no one, the CTS-V Coupe packs the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine found in the sedan version. It produces a hefty 556-horsepower and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm) propelling the 2+2 coupe from 0-60 mph (96km/h) in just 3.9 seconds.

Potential buyers will have the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift control, which transfer power to the rear wheels through a limited slip differential.

The V-spec model also gets Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport) and Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

Cadillac says that the Coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS-V Sport Sedan, but its overall height is about two inches (51 mm) lower and its overall length is two inches (51 mm) shorter while the rear track is nearly an inch wider than the four-door model.

Visually, the CTS-V Coupe is identified by its bulged hood, specific front and rear fascias, and unique 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber.

There are no pictures of the interior, but Cadillac said that the steering wheel, seat inserts and shifter are covered in microfiber while the integrated center stack is trimmed in Obsidian black material that is also applied to the center console and door trim.

Available options will include an exclusive new Saffron color and special Recaro sport seats that are 14-way adjustable and include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and backrests.

We'll have more on the CTS-V Coupe after its official debut at the Detroit motor show next week.


Anonymous said... »January 05, 2010

A hacked bobtail version of the four-door. Not bad, but the Nissan GT-R catches my eye in this category for many reasons; I'll take tech over brawn any day of the week. At least they didn't put those atrocious clear taillight lens like the four-door version on it.

Anonymous said... »January 05, 2010

as if ze germans didnt have a hard enough time matching the 4dr version.. and on anything other than a go-kart track i seriously doubt the nissan gtr will keep with it! but there must be a coupe (with room for adults in back!) that can keep up.. any suggestions for the 'CTS-V Coupe Challenge'?

Anonymous said... »January 05, 2010

Never thought I'd see the day were I thought the sedan version of any car was better looking than the coupe version! And the rear on this thing is just so wrong, and then there's the tiny windows, etc...

Anonymous said... »January 05, 2010

The CTS-V seems to be a different beast than the GT-R. The GT-R approaches race car for the street status, while the CTS is a luxury vehicle with big HP. It all depends on what you want from a vehicle. Also, I personally like the front end of a standard CTS. While the V's front end is OK, it seems to take away from the original design concept of the CTS. Looks a little clunky (for lack of a better word), too much like the previous generation V. The standard coupe is better looking IMHO. Otherwise, it should be a blast to drive.

Anonymous said... »January 05, 2010

I highly doubt that the CTS-V coupe designers were going after the GT-R. This car is solely in line with performance-luxury and not all out performance. IF Cadillac was in-fact pursuing a particular rival, it would have to be the MB CL63-AMG. Both are road-cars and not a track-car like the GT-R.

Seeing that the CTS-V does 0-60 in 3.9secs vs. the CL63-AMGs' 4.6secs, I'd say mission accomplished. That's a full car length (or more) lead by the time both vehicles shift to second gear.

Just think, you could buy a GT-R AND a CTS-V for the price of one MB CL63-AMG... ;-D

Anonymous said... »January 05, 2010

it's very powerfull but ugly

Anonymous said... »January 05, 2010

"This car is solely in line with performance-luxury and not all out performance."

Cadillac has been demoted to the "near-luxury" category for decades now. This model still hasn't upgraded it to that of the luxury category.

Anonymous said... »January 05, 2010

"Cadillac has been demoted to the "near-luxury" category for decades now. This model still hasn't upgraded it to that of the luxury category."

It's a step in the right direction at least.

Anonymous said... »January 07, 2010

Yeah, but your typical American buyer of Cadillacs probably still sees Cadillac as a luxury brand. They're definitely trying to get back to that status.

Anonymous said... »January 07, 2010

My first car was a 1948 Cadillac, 62 Series, convertible. It was a luxury brand then, and has continued to be one for past sixty two years. It has also been a relative bargain all those years.

It has not been a mega bucks luxury brand like some models of MB, Rolls/Bentley, and other European marques... The V-16 Cadillac would have cured that situation.

This new CTS-V Coupe won't cure that situation either, but it will hold it's own against similar models offered by anyone else at any price.

As for performance check out Motor Trends ranking of the CTS-V 'Sedan' at Laguna...>


Anonymous said... »January 07, 2010

Reg; "It has not been a mega bucks luxury brand"

This needs a correction... That only applies to 'Post war' Cadillac's. The twenties Cadillac's, and thirties Cadillac Twelve's and Sixteen's were some of the best in the world at any price point.


Anonymous said... »January 09, 2010

The styling is overdone for my simpler tastes. I do not care that much about all of that power. I perfer the "base" coupe for it's clean lines and more traditional grille. If there is a market for this more powerful beast, I still think it looks too "boy racer", but hey, it is all about choice. Kudos for that, Caddy! I hope it sells.

Kiyoshi Manabe said... »January 10, 2010

The styling is artistic yet rather undigested.
But her total performance is a towering achievement just as her sibling CTS-V sedan.
She could do well against the Mercedes-Benz CLK63AMG,the Jaguar XKR,and the BMW M6,in same idiom as CTS-V sedan does against the BMW M5 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo!

Anonymous said... »January 10, 2010

The price will be a big factor, even for what I think will be a very limited run. Coupes tend to sell poorly in the U.S.A. so it will be interesting to see how this car does. I will admit, I am shocked by the huge sales numbers of the beautiful Dodge Challenger and decent looking Chevy Camaro in light of the economy. Perhaps this new CTS coupe (even in "v" form) will be a success. BTW, do you or any of your readers know how the CTS wagon is selling? Above, below expectations? I have yet to see one on the road yet and I do a great deal of traveling.

Anonymous said... »January 11, 2010

i cannot see the wagon staying in the line-up for long. they do not sell in the u.s. the coupe will have to do well, too. i credit cadillac, but what they need desperately is a dts replacement. i think that model will be shown as a concept in detroit tomorrow, eh?

Anonymous said... »January 13, 2010

Wow, I like the car and it looks good. But just like anything the Dealership‘s receive and they think is, on the slightest bit, in demand they are going to rip you a new one with additional dealer markup or market adjustment; whatever you want to call it just plain greed.

Anonymous said... »January 13, 2010

Lets get one thing straight...there was never a problem with power. A CTS-V in any shape is plenty powerful and tap dances far better than an M5...

...but I had a lot handing on the coupe's styling; hoping it would blow me away. Sadly, neither flavours of the coupe (v and non-v) really do anything for me.

I guess that means I'd take the CTS-V sedan.

Anonymous said... »January 13, 2010

CTS-V raped the 'Ring and is nothing to scoff at for all those GT-R lovers.

Anonymous said... »May 18, 2010

since everybody is talking about the hemi and now the new 2011 ford mustang with the 5.0 liter lets see how they compare with this gm product

alfie said... »June 23, 2011


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