Detroit Preview: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Unveiled

Detroit Preview: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Unveiled

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After much anticipation, Cadillac has finally announced all the details of the new 2011 CTS-V Coupe. The high-powered version of the new CTS Coupe, which debuted at the LA Auto Show, is powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 found in the CTS-V sedan, with an incredible 556-hp at 6100 rpm and 551 ft-lbs of torque at 3800 rpm. That’s enough to propel the 2+2 seater to 60 mph in an incredible 3.9 seconds.

But the CTS-V Coupe is so much more than a straight line performer, following in the Michelin PS2 tire marks of the V sedan – the first production four-door to run a sub eight minute lap time at Germany’s famed Nürburgring. In fact, the V Coupe should lop off a few more seconds thanks to a rear track that is one-inch wider than the sedan. With the same wheelbase as the four-door, the V Coupe also gets a lower center of gravity thanks to an overall height that is roughly 2-inches (51mm to be precise) lower. The front and rear overhangs are even shortened, with an overall lengh that is also reduced by 51mm.

Other performance highlights include 19-inch wheels and some massive brakes with high-performance Brembo six-piston front calipers with 15-inch rotors and four-piston rear calipers with 14.7-inch rotors. And helping out in terms of delivering a performance oriented (or comfort oriented) ride are GM’s amazing Magnetic Ride Control shocks, which monitor the road every millisecond and adjust shock pressure. First used on Corvettes, this technology is now used by the likes of Ferrari. For the CTS-V Coupe, Cadillac offers the shocks with two pre-sets, Tour and Sport, so a driver can set the car for their preferred driving mode.

As for how the car looks, well, Cadillac certainly didn’t disappoint. The CTS Coupe’s sleek profile gets a very masculine V treatment including some impressive big grilles up front, as well as a massive bulge in the hood to make room for all that engine. The overall look of the car is undeniably like the CTS, however, Caddy designers only carried over the headlights, front fenders and grille from the sedan, along with the instrument panel and center console on the inside.

Now the only thing left to do is drive it, and if it’s anything like the sedan, the V Coupe will absolutely walk all over its German competition.

The new CTS-V Coupe will make it’s world debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show on January 11th and is set to go on sale in early Summer.

GALLERY: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe


Official release after the jump:

For release: Jan. 5, 2010, 12:01 a.m. EST

ART AND SCIENCE: CADILLAC PREMIERES 2011 CTS-V COUPE – New CTS Coupe design combines with V-Series performance – 556-hp (415-kW) supercharged 6.2L V-8 – Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddle shift control – Magnetic Ride Control and Brembo brakes – New Saffron interior trim accent color – On sale in early summer

DETROIT – Cadillac today announced the 2011 CTS-V Coupe, which debuts at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It combines the new CTS Coupe’s dramatic design with the 556-horsepower (415-kW) supercharged V-8 engine from the CTS-V sedan. The result is a luxury sports coupe aimed at driving enthusiasts.

“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.”

The CTS-V Coupe begins production this summer. Its suite of technical and performance elements includes Magnetic Ride Control, racing-bred Brembo brakes and an available automatic transmission with paddle-shift control.

The V-Series Coupe includes a unique grille that doubles the car’s air intake volume, an important enabler for its high-performance capabilities. It is also visually identified by a raised center section of the hood that provides clearance for the supercharger, as well as specific front and rear fascias. Like the CTS Coupe, its exhaust is centered inside the rear fascia, but with unique twin outlets. The car rolls on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels, available in either painted or polished finishes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.

The CTS-V Coupe’s rear track is nearly an inch wider than the CTS-V Sport Sedan, adding to the car’s aggressive stance and enabling an extra measure of handling capability. The current CTS-V Sport Sedan has quickly established itself among the world’s highest performing luxury sedans, becoming the first production four-door on street tires to break the legendary 8-minute barrier at Germany’s famed Nürburgring. The new V-Series Coupe’s sleeker shape and slightly lower mass ensure a similarly high level of performance.

Inside, the 2+2 cabin combines performance and luxury. A new Saffron interior trim color is offered, with contrasting microfiber seat inserts and stitching on the upper trim areas.

Form follows function The CTS-V Coupe’s design is a clear visual statement of the technical precision and performance intent of the car.

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. The two models share only the instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille.

Key design features include: – Classic hardtop styling, with no conventional B-pillar – Touch-pad operation for the doors removes the need for conventional door handles – Faster windshield angle (62.3 degrees) and a nearly horizontal backglass enable an aerodynamic profile – Signature vertical lighting, highlighted with LED light pipes – Signature center high-mounted stop lamp functions as a rear spoiler – Aerodynamic roof-mounted antenna for OnStar and XM Satellite Radio

Supercharged powertrain The CTS-V Coupe employs the LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine also found on the CTS-V Sport Sedan. Rated at 556 horsepower (415 kW) and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm), it is the most powerful engine offered in Cadillac’s history and propels the CTS-V Coupe from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

The LSA engine features an intercooled Eaton supercharger system, premium aluminum-alloy cylinder heads and numerous details designed to ensure it makes its power as quietly and smoothly as possible. The supercharger, for example, has a unique, four-lobe rotor design that enhances quietness while also optimizing the performance parameters of the engine.

A pair of six-speed transmissions is offered in the CTS-V Coupe: a Tremec TR6060 six- speed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with paddle-shift control. Performance Algorithm Shifting is part of the 6L90’s programming and provides a performance-oriented shift pattern during sustained high-performance driving. As with many Cadillac models, the driver needs only to slide the shifter into the manual “gate” to put the transmission into that more aggressive mode.

The paddle shift control requires no shift lever movement. Steering wheel thumb controls allow immediate and quick tap up/tap down gear selection.

Magnetic Ride Control The V-Series reaches elite levels of road-holding performance, but also maintains the poise of a luxury car in “regular” driving conditions. The technical enabler of that dual- mode driving character is Cadillac’s landmark Magnetic Ride Control. It is standard on the CTS-V Coupe and is the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology. It uses shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology, rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision.

Electronic sensors at all four wheels literally “read the road” every millisecond, making constant adjustments to damping to create virtually instantaneous and extremely precise control of body motions. This is of particular benefit for a high-performance car because it helps keep the car very composed during hard cornering, acceleration, braking and other dynamic maneuvers.

The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a broader range of damping control to optimize the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V Coupe, an extra measure of control is offered, with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport), enabling the driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more spirited performance driving.

Braking and tire systems CTS-V includes sophisticated braking and tire systems, in partnership with two companies renowned for high-performance technology: Brembo and Michelin. Brembo brakes are at all four corners and include powerful, six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

Slotted and vented rotors enable strong initial braking force while optimizing heat resistance and eliminating fade. The brake rotors from Brembo employ a “dual-cast” technology that combines cast iron and aluminum, resulting in excellent performance and weight reduction. CTS-V also includes an electric parking brake, enabling more legroom for the driver, key for high-performance driving

Michelin partnered with Cadillac engineers to develop its acclaimed Pilot Sport PS2 summer tire for CTS-V and its exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels. The tires support high levels of grip in track conditions, while also affording good performance on the road.

Interior amenities Recaro performance driving seats are optional in the CTS-V Coupe and provide excellent support for spirited driving. These 14-way adjustable performance seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and backrests.

The CTS-V Coupe also includes an exclusive new Saffron color option for the interior, providing a contrasting color accent carried on the seat inserts, as well as the stitching, which highlights the craftsmanship of the instrument panel, center console, door trim and seats.

The steering wheel, seat inserts and shifter are covered in microfiber, providing the luxurious character of suede without suede’s inherent drawbacks of difficult care and moisture sensitivity. These accents are standard, elegant to the touch and help support high-performance driving.

The car’s integrated center stack is trimmed in Obsidian black material that is also applied to the center console and door trim. Just like every CTS, the V-Series includes a hand-stitched instrument panel, door trim and center console. Leading-edge infotainment features extend to the V-Series. They include a 40-gigabyte hard drive, advanced navigation system with a deployable screen and Bose digital surround audio, as well as factory-installed Bluetooth phone integration, all standard features on the V- Series.


Overview Model: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Body style / driveline: 2-door sport luxury coupe, RWD Construction: unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension EPA vehicle class: midsize car Manufacturing location: Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing, Mich.

Engine 6.2L Supercharged V-8 Displacement (cu in / cc): 376 / 6162 Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 / 103.25 x 3.62 / 92 mm Block material: cast aluminum Cylinder head material: cast aluminum Valvetrain: overhead valve, two valves per cylinder Fuel delivery: 1.9L supercharger with intercooler; sequential fuel injection Compression ratio: 9.1:1 Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 556 / 415 @ 6100* Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 551 / 747 @ 3800* Recommended fuel: premium recommended, not required Maximum engine speed (rpm): 6200 EPA estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): TBD Transmissions Tremec TR6060 Hydra-Matic 6L90 Type: six-speed manual; fully synchronized with single overdrive six-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch Gear ratios (:1): First: 2.66 4.03 Second: 1.78 2.36 Third: 1.30 1.53 Fourth: 1.00 1.15 Fifth: 0.80 0.85 Sixth: 0.63 0.67 Reverse: 2.90 3.06 Final drive ratio: 3.73 3.23

Chassis / Suspension Configuration RWD Differential: limited-slip Front:  independent SLA; 29-mm hollow stabilizer bar; elastomeric handling and ride bushings; 65-N/mm spring rate; Magnetic Ride Control with electro-magnetically controlled shocks Rear : independent SLA; 25.4-mm solid stabilizer bar; elastomeric trailing arm bushing; 90-N/mm spring rate; Magnetic Ride Control with electro- magnetically controlled shocks Steering type: power-assisted rack-and-pinion Steering ratio: 16.1:1 Steering turns, lock-to-lock: 2.7 Turn circle (ft / m): 37.9 / 11.55 Chassis control: four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist

Wheels and tires


Dimensions Exterior Wheelbase (in / mm): 113.4 / 2880 Length (in / mm): 188.5 / 4789 Height (in / mm): 55.9 / 1422 Width (in / mm): 74.1 / 1883 Track (in / mm): front: 61.8 / 1570 rear: 62.8/ 1597 Curb weight (lb / kg): manual: 4204 / 1907 automatic: 4237 / 1922 Weight distribution (% front / rear):  54 / 46

Interior Headroom (in / mm): front: 36.9 / 937.5 rear: 34.6 / 879 Legroom (in / mm): front: 42.4 / 1078 rear: 35 / 890 Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 56 / 1424 rear: 50.9 / 1294 Hip room (in / mm): front: 54.5 / 1385 rear: 47.7 / 1212

Capacities Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 2 EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L): 86.6 / 2452 EPA trunk volume (cu ft / L): 10.54 / 298 Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg): TBD Fuel tank (gal / L): 18 / 68 Engine oil (qt / L): 6.3 / 6 Cooling system (qt / L): 12.42 / 11.75

*SAE certified.

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

Wheel size and type: front: 19 x 9-inch; forged alloy, 5-lug rear: 19 x 9.5-inch, forged alloy, 5-lug Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport  PS2 front: P255/40ZR19 96Y high-performance summer tire rear:  P285/35ZR19 99Y high-performance summer tire Type: four-wheel disc with four-channel ABS, hydraulic brake assist and dynamic rear brake proportioning Rotor type and  thickness (in / mm) Front : 15 x 1.26 / 380 x 32, vented, co-cast Rear: 14.7 x 1.1 / 373 mm x 28 mm, vented

  • Barry A Clarke

    Why does the CTS-V only get 18-19 mpg on the highway while the Vette gets reports of 30 mpg for highway MPG. Could it be that the engine in Vette at hwy spds is turning at a fast idle where as the CTS-V sounds like a F16 winding up for a carrier launch. I am coming up on 70 and this will be my last new car for my life time. I want a highway car, not a car that I drove when I was in my early 20’s look to blow off the first BMW-M. Please, give me a quite running CTS-V like the Vette where as I am getting 25+ mpg and I will be happy. I have wrote to GM several times but it appears that they are still building cars they way they want and not for the people who want to buy them. Such as shame that they turn away American buyers and send them to the German or Japanese auto markers…..

  • V

    if you don’t like the mpg buy the Vette and stop wining!