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From Concept To Showroom Floor: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Review – Second Drive 8
Nov
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac CTS, cadillac cts coupe, featured, Test Drives on 11 8th, 2010

The all-new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is the first Cadillac to go directly from concept form to the showroom floor.  The look is brilliant, expressing Cadillac’s ‘Art & Science’ direction.  It is a perfect balance of dramatic styling with uncompromising performance, comfort and luxury. The CTS-Coupe is the new focal point of Cadillac, expressing both its design and technical capabilities.  It is intended to appeal to a new generation of car enthusiasts.

The coupe joins the CTS Sport Sedan, the 556hp CTS-V high-performance sedan and the new CTS Sport Wagon as the foundation of Cadillac’s lineup.  A 556hp high-performance CTS-V Coupe will be released later this year.

The coupe is a classic 2+2 layout bolstered with advanced technology, such as a rear-view camera system, and a performance-oriented suspension system coupled to rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS-Sport Sedan, but an overall height that is approximately two inches lower and an overall length that is two inches shorter.  Although it draws from its sport sedan sister, the CTS Coupe shares only the instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille.  Key design feature include a classic hardtop styling with no conventional B-pillar; a touch pad operation for the doors removing the need for conventional door handles, creating a technical, clean profile; a windshield laid at a faster 62.3-degrees, and a long, nearly horizontal backglass area combining to create a dramatic profile; sculpted lower front fascia with unique brake-cooling vents; a rear fascia with mesh lower grilles; deep lower side extensions, a full-perimeter chrome strip that wraps around the sharp, pulled-up greenhouse glass; a center outlet exhaust with twin-dihedral-shaped tips that pass through the rear fascia; signature vertical lighting, highlighted with LED light pipes; a rear spoiler integrated into the signature center high-mounted stop lamp and a sculpted roof-mounted antenna for ONSTAR and XM satellite radio reception.

From any angle, the shape of the CTS Coupe is refreshingly simple, yet amplified with intricately carved details.  There is nothing on the high-end two-door 2+2 coupe market that even comes close to the looks and details of the all-new 2011 CTS-Coupe.

Driving the new CTS-Coupe is pure heaven, fun and easy to accelerate and maneuver whether it is around slow moving city traffic, merging then cruising on the freeways, or when tackling curving mountain roads.  The standard engine is a 3.6 liter, DOHC, VVT, Direct Injected, all-aluminum V6 that generates a healthy 304hp at 6,400rpm and 273lb.ft. of torque at 5,200rpm.  It is mated to a standard six-speed manual, featuring a revised clutch and dual-mass flywheel that offers better clutch pedal feel and improved engine isolation.  A six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control and steering wheel mounted shift buttons comes standard on the Summer Tire Sport Package that I tested.  The Coupe’s final drive ratio is 3.73:1, up from 3.42:1 of the CTS Sedan, providing more responsive acceleration.  The CTS-Coupe Sport Package can blast out to 60mph from a standstill in just 5.5sec.  Power is put down on the pavement with a standard limited slip differential on the Sport Package model.

The powertrain’s performance is channeled through a chassis that delivers sports car performance without punishment.  The hardware includes an independent front suspension featuring a short/long arm (SLA) setup with hydraulic control arm bushings, monotube shocks, and a hollow 29mm stabilizer bar.  The multi-link rear suspension is mounted on a fully isolated subframe and features monotube shocks, and a 24.5mm hollow stabilizer bar.  Befitting its luxury sports coupe status, the Coupe has a number of adjustments in the chassis tuning enabling crisper driving performance.  The Coupe’s two-inch wider rear track gives it a more planted feel and slightly better cornering.  The Coupe has a smaller 29mm front stabilizer bar compared to the CTS-Sedan, while the rear bar is increased from 20mm to 24.5mm compared to the sedan.  Damping force is firmer at all four corners, helping the Coupe to reach 0.88g peak lateral acceleration in standard form.

You can really feel the cornering power utilizing the new ZF Servotronic 2, power-assisted, rack & pinion steering system.  Turn-in is immediate without delay and the front suspension is so tight as both systems are tweaked with the large, aluminum, re-enforced strut tower brace under the hood.  Standard Cadillac StabiliTrak and all-speed traction control keep you on your chosen path when you take the car to its limit on steep curving roads.

The all-new CTS-Coupe Sport Package stops as fast as it accelerates thanks to big, power-assisted, 4-wheel steel disc brakes.  Up front are 13.6in. vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 13.3in. vented discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  You stopping power and control are enhanced with standard ABS and Brake Assist.

The standard CTS-Coupe rides on 18X8in. aluminum alloy wheels and tires but the Sport Package adds 19X8.5in. aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 245/45ZR19in. front, and 275/40ZR19in. rear, Continental Contact high-performance tires that enhance grip, traction and give a more compliant ride over poorly paved surfaces.

The interior is comfortable, luxurious, with high-tech wonders and plenty of safety systems to keep you and your passengers happy on short or long drives.  The interior emphasizes technical precision with elegant, hand-crafted details.  The hand-assembled center console leads seamlessly into the center stack, providing a sportier ‘cockpit’ feel for you and your passenger without compromising space.  The interior also includes hand-sewn accents on the door, dashboard top, center storage console and instrument panel trim.  The fully power-adjustable bucket seats are comfortable and well bolstered for sporty driving times.  The optional heated and ventilated seats incorporate ‘thin-seat’ technology for maximum occupant comfort and enhanced rear-seat leg, knee and foot room.  The Coupe also offers a host of customer driven technologies including an integrated iPod/MP3 capability, 40-gig hard drive, including the ability to store music and pause-and-replay live radio, a pop-up navigation system, adaptive HID forward lighting system, Bluetooth connectivity, standard Keyless Entry with Smart Remote Start, rear vision camera system and a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound Audio System with 10-speakers.

Standard equipment includes automatic headlamps, heated, power-remote side mirrors, self-dimming reaview mirror, power tilt-telescoping, wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, rear heating ducts behind the center console to enhance rear seat area temperature, LED interior ambient lighting, cargo net, universal home remote, memory seat adjuster, sapele wood trim, remote start, rear park assist, power tilt sunroof, dual map lamp, lighted glove box and trunk, power windows/door locks with one-touch up/down, rain-sensing wipers/washers, center console with dual cupholders, padded storage bin, flip-open front storage with 12-volt plug and one in the center console, rear dual cupholders, rear reading lamp, aluminum door sill plates, thick cut-pile carpeting and front/rear floor mats.  My CTS-Coupe came with those standard features plus a performance cooling system and was covered in Tuscan Bronze Chromaflair custom paint.

Standard safety systems include dual-stage driver front airbag, segment-first dual depth front passenger airbag, driver/front passenger side seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side airbags, roof-rail side curtain airbags that cover front and rear seating rows, 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, a tire pressure monitoring system, front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door, and a body structure with strategically placed high-strength steel.

The price for the Summer Tires Sport Package equipped CTS Coupe  is stickered at just $50,205.00.  That’s not too much to ask for a stunningly styled, luxury, sport coupe.  This coupe competes against the BMW 335i coupe, Audi A5 coupe and Infiniti G37 coupe but after test driving the all-new CTS-Coupe, I don’t think that there is any comparison.

Overall the CTS-Coupe wins hands down!
















COPYRIGHT:2010:HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base CTS Coupe $38,165 As-Tested CTS Coupe Performance $50,205
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: United States
EPA Class: Midsize Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 189.3 in.
Width: 74.1 in.
Height: 56 in.
Wheel Base: 113.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3909 lbs.
Gross Weight: 4792 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 36.9 in.
Front Hip Room: 54.5 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.1 in.
Rear Head Room: 34.6 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 50.9 in.
Rear Hip Room: 47.7 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 35 in.
Luggage Capacity: 10.5 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine Size: 3.6 liters
Engine Type: V6
Horsepower: 304 hp
Max Horsepower: 6400 rpm
Torque: 273 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 5200 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 35.9 ft.
0-60mph: 5.5 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Automatic: 17 mpg / 26 mpg / mpg
Range in Miles:
Automatic: 306 mi. / 468 mi. / mi.



2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Review & Test Drive 14
Oct
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac CTS, cadillac cts coupe, featured, Test Drives on 10 14th, 2010

Cadillac has injected the automotive market with a secret weapon in the form of the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe. With its modern chic looks and sports-coupe performance to back it up, the CTS Coupe fills a gap that Cadillac has had for many years.

We had the opportunity to review the new Cadillac CTS Coupe, and during our test drives we encountered several positive comments from on-lookers along the way. Cadillac has created something stylish and enduring. The CTS Coupe is much more than just a CTS Sedan minus two doors. It is more of its own character having many characteristics that set it apart from anything else that Cadillac offers.

From the unique dual exhaust tips molded into the rear bumper to the electronic touchpad door handles, the CTS Coupe has long smooth flowing lines. When was the last time that you saw so many long uninterrupted lines on a luxury coupe?

The 2011 CTS Coupe not only manages to look like a classic Cadillac, but at times it drives like one. That can be a good or bad thing depending on which aspect you are talking about. Our CTS Coupe Performance with the 3.6-liter 304 horsepower V6 engine mated to a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission is a good performer. The downside to the coupe is that its suspension is a bit too bouncy at highway speeds. Although the suspension is firm enough to keep its staggered wheel/tire sizes planted on the road, it tends to give away too easy when pushed close to the limit. The choice to use staggered sized wheels/tires on the CTS Coupe is a major plus for Cadillac. Our test vehicle had big 19-inch wheels with 245/45 in the front and 275/40 in the rear. If you remember, the 4-door sedan version of the CTS gets the same width on all 4 corners.

Chasing the Germans is not an easy task. Cadillac has taken them up on the challenge and has done well so far. By putting the CTS-V Coupe into the equation you have a win by miles, literally. When it comes to the regular CTS Coupe with the standard 3.6-liter V6 in all coupe trim levels, it feels like it can hold its own if you can get over the fact that the 6-speed hydromatic auto takes a moment to find the proper gear at times. This may have been a programming issue that Cadillac may prove to solve but we found our test car stumbling a few times when going from very little throttle to full-throttle around the 50mph mark.

Gas mileage for our CTS Coupe was decent giving us slightly less MPGs (about 15mpg city and 24mpg highway) than the advertised 17mpg city and 26mph highway.

Outside of the CTS Coupe you will find a uniquely styled luxury sports coupe. There is no denying that what you see here is a Cadillac in sexy lined sheetmetal. One of the aspects of an awesomely designed vehicle is if it makes it to production without much change from the concept version. Cadillac held onto that concept design and it worked well, just ask my neighbors.

Copied over from the CTS sedan is a familiar interior up front. In the back, for obvious reasons, the two seats are specifically designed for the CTS Coupe. Although it may be a task for a guy over 6 feet tall, such as myself, to get in the back seat, it is still very useable and comfortable on short rides. The center divider with cup holders in the rear is also a nice touch.

I have always been a fan of the CTS interiors even though it has a pop-up toaster-style LCD touch-screen for navigation and radio controls. The idea that it is a touch screen makes the CTS feel valuable. Speaking of radio, our test CTS Coupe had an excellent Bose audio system with a built-in hard drive that allows us to pause and rewind live music broadcasts while storing your favorite tracks. The heated and cooled front seats are comfy but they could desperately use some extra side bolster support. The dashboard along with the instrument cluster is carried over from the CTS Sedan.

Our CTS Coupe came with the large power-tilt sunroof without the slide functionality. It is somewhat interesting that Cadillac offers such a sunroof that does not slide but only tilts. The CTS Coupe Premium adds the slide function while our Performance trim did not allow it. The touchpad electronic door handle is an interesting feature using proven technology from the Corvette. This eliminates any handles or keyholes from the two doors. The key can still be used to open the trunk via an upside-down keyhole between the tag and the chrome valance. Inside the trunk you will find a release cord to manually open the doors. In the unfortunate event that you are inside of the car during a failure of the electronic door handles, there is an emergency latch on the edge of the floorboard. Don’t worry, the engineers have thought about your personal safety.

The Cadillac CTS Coupe is a well constructed vehicle with a smooth and quiet ride.  This car has the looks to turn heads but will not completely deplete your bank account.  If you are in the market for a luxury sports coupe, the CTS is one you do not want to overlook in your car shopping adventure. The 2011 CTS Coupe starts at $38,165 and our CTS Coupe Performance test vehicle came in around $50,000.





















Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base CTS Coupe $38,165 As-Tested CTS Coupe Performance estimated $50,000
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: United States
EPA Class: Midsize Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 189.3 in.
Width: 74.1 in.
Height: 56 in.
Wheel Base: 113.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3909 lbs.
Gross Weight: 4792 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 36.9 in.
Front Hip Room: 54.5 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.1 in.
Rear Head Room: 34.6 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 50.9 in.
Rear Hip Room: 47.7 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 35 in.
Luggage Capacity: 10.5 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine Size: 3.6 liters
Engine Type: V6
Horsepower: 304 hp
Max Horsepower: 6400 rpm
Torque: 273 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 5200 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 35.9 ft.
0-60mph: 5.8 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Automatic: 17 mpg / 26 mpg / mpg
Range in Miles:
Automatic: 306 mi. / 468 mi. / mi.







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