LA 2009: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe World Premiere

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

At an off-site venue just ahead of the car’s “official” debut at the LA Auto Show tomorrow, Cadillac has given us a full preview of its new 2011 CTS Coupe. This addition to the CTS lineup, means that Cadillac now offers a Coupe, Wagon, Sedan and the high-performance CTS-V sedan. Cadillac has officially confirmed a CTS-V Coupe is in the pipes, but its unclear when we will get to see (and experience) that amazing machine.

As for the CTS Coupe, it enters a popular segment of the market, competing against vehicles like the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Infiniti G37 Coupe, as well as more high-end offerings like the Audi A5 and Mercedes E-Class Coupe.

One engine will be offered, a 304-hp 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 that achieves maximum power at 6400 rpm. Full torque of 273 ft-lbs will be available at 5200 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard with an available six-speed paddle-shift automatic. A limited-lip differential is also included. Cadillac rates this engine at 18/27 mpg (city/highway) for rear-wheel drive or AWD models equipped with the auto-box, while the manual transmission is rated at 17/25 mpg. AWD models will only be offered with an automatic.

The CTS Coupe is based on the same chassis as the sedan, with the same wheelbase, but an overall height that is roughly two-inches (51mm) lower and a length that is also 51mm shorter. Unlike the sedan, however, it is not a five-seater but a 2+2.

It may look significantly like the sedan, but little of the sheet metal (or anything else for that matter) is actually shared. In fact, the only identical arts are the headlights, front fenders and grille and the instrument panel and center stack. Original design cues on the two-door include the lack of B-pillars and the use of hidden door handles to give a smooth look to the coupe. Other highlights include a more steeply angled windshield and rear glass as well as a dual-exhaust setup with both pipes placed together in the center at the rear of the car.

Optional goodies include two performance packages, the first with 18-inch wheels and all-season tires, and a second with 19-inch wheels and high-performance Summer Tires. Also optional will be the 14-way power Recaro sport seats that until now could only be had on the CTS-V.

The CTS Coupe is scheduled to go on sale in the Spring of next year, with the the CTS-V version following shortly thereafter.

GALLERY: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

Official release after the jump:



LOS ANGELES – Cadillac today unveiled the 2011 CTS Coupe, the latest and most dramatic of the brand’s series of new designs to reach production. Slated to arrive in Cadillac showrooms in the spring of 2010, the CTS Coupe is a new luxury sports coupe designed to become the centerpiece of the brand’s revised lineup.

“CTS Coupe is the new focal point of Cadillac, expressing both our technical and design capabilities,” said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. “It is intended to appeal to a new generation of car enthusiasts.”

The Coupe joins the CTS Sport Sedan, the 556-horsepower (415 kW) CTS-V and new CTS Sport Wagon as the foundation of Cadillac’s lineup. A high-performance V-Series edition of the Coupe will also be released in 2010.

The CTS Coupe’s design carries over virtually unchanged from the concept car that was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2008.
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 or all-wheel drive.

CTS Coupe emerged as a proposal inside Cadillac’s dedicated design studio, where designers develop and evolve the brand’s Art and Science design philosophy.

“Cadillac has always been an emotional brand – it’s about delivering art regardless of body style,” said Max Wolff, director of exterior design for Cadillac. “With the CTS Coupe, it was about taking something very strong – the CTS Sport Sedan – and extending its potential.”

The coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS, but an overall height that is approximately two inches (51 mm) lower and an overall length that is two inches 
(51 mm) 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 
features include:
• Classic hardtop styling, with no conventional B-pillar
• Touch-pad operation for the doors removes the need for conventional door handles, creating a technical, clean profile
• A windshield laid at a faster angle (62.3 degrees) and a long, nearly horizontal backglass area combine to create a dramatic profile
• Sculpted lower front fascia with unique brake-cooling vents
• Rear fascia with mesh lower grilles
• Center-outlet exhaust with twin dihedral-shaped tips that pass through 
the rear fascia
• Signature vertical lighting, highlighted with LED light pipes
• Rear spoiler integrated into the signature center high-mounted stop lamp
• Sculpted roof-mounted antenna for OnStar and XM Satellite Radio.
At first glance, the shape of CTS Coupe is refreshingly simple, yet amplified with intricately carved details. Distinctive and original Cadillac signature cues combine with hand-sculpted forms, artfully articulating the confidence of the chassis. For example, the rear fenders were purposefully developed by hand in Cadillac design studios to visually acknowledge the RWD powertrain. The gestured profile, coupled with Cadillac’s vertical taillamps and pronounced rear centerline, aim to achieve the most visually confident coupe in the segment.

The CTS Coupe extends Cadillac’s emerging performance credentials. The CTS Coupe’s standard powertrain consists of a direct injected 3.6L V-6 and six-speed manual transmission. Direct injection technology delivers fuel more precisely to increase the efficiency of combustion, enabling more power while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions.

The 3.6L DI engine is rated at 304 horsepower (227 kW) and offers EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway. It also runs on less expensive regular unleaded gasoline.

The powertrain’s performance is channeled through a chassis that delivers sports car performance without punishment. The hardware includes an independent short/long arm (SLA) front suspension system, with hydraulic control arm front bushings; and a multi-link rear suspension mounted on a fully isolated subframe. Also included are four-wheel disc performance brakes, premium steering and limited-slip differential.

Two suspension-tuning levels are available: a Performance Package with 18-inch wheels and all-season tires (available in both RWD and AWD,) and the Summer Tire Performance Package, with 19-inch tires and wheels and a higher level of road holding capability. StabiliTrak, the advanced electronic chassis control system, is standard.

The 304-horsepower (227 kW) 3.6L V-6 Direct Injection engine will be standard, equipped with a six-speed manual, featuring a revised clutch and dual-mass flywheel that offers better clutch pedal feel and improved engine isolation. A 6-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control (and available steering wheel mounted shift buttons) is optional.

CTS Coupe blends handcrafted luxury with a contemporary, driver-focused interior that supports the car’s high-performance capabilities. The interior includes hand-sewn accents covering the door, center storage console and instrument panel trim. 14-Way adjustable Recaro sport seats, previously exclusively offered on Cadillac’s V-Series model, will be offered on all CTS Coupe models as an option.

The car offers a host of customer driven technologies, including:
• Integrated iPod/MP3 capability
• 40-gig hard drive, including the ability to store music and pause-and-replay 
live radio
• Pop-up navigation system
• Adaptive forward lighting system
• Bluetooth connectivity
• Standard Keyless Access and Smart Remote Start
• Rear Camera system
• Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround™ audio system

As with other Cadillac models, the CTS Coupe comes standard with OnStar with 
Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar.

About Cadillac
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by dramatic new designs and global expansion. More information on Cadillac can be found at


2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
Body style / driveline:
2-door sport luxury coupe
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.


3.6L V-6 VVT DI
3.6L V-6 VVT (variable valve timing) with 
spark-ignition, direct injection
Displacement (cu in / cc):
217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm):
3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material:
sand-cast aluminum with cast-in bore liners
Cylinder head material:
cast aluminum
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, 
variable valve timing (VVT)
Fuel delivery:
direct high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio:
Horsepower (hp / kw @ rpm):
304 / 227 @ 6400 rpm*
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
273 / 370 @ 5200 rpm*
Recommended fuel:
unleaded regular
Maximum engine speed (rpm):
EPA estimated fuel economy 
(city / hwy):
18 / 27(RWD and AWD with automatic)
17 / 25 (RWD with manual)


Aisin AY6
Hydra-Matic 6L50
six-speed manual
six-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch
Gear ratios (:1)

Final drive ratio:

3.73 (RWD)
3.23 (AWD)


Summer Tire Performance
Front suspension:
independent SLA with monotube shock absorbers; 29 mm hollow stabilizer bar (33 mm bar with AWD)
independent SLA with monotube shock absorbers; 29 mm hollow stabilizer bar
Rear suspension:
independent multi-link with monotube shock absorbers; 25.4 mm hollow stabilizer bar (24 mm bar with AWD)
independent multi-link with monotube shock absorbers; 
25.4 mm hollow stabilizer bar
Chassis control:
4-channel StabiliTrak 
w/ brake assist
4-channel StabiliTrak 
w/ brake assist
18 x 8.5-inch alloy; five-lug
19 x 8.5-inch alloy; five-lug
P235/50R18 V-rated Michelin all-season
P245/45ZR19 Y-rated Continental high-performance
Brakes (type):
4-wheel disc; 4-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP
4-wheel disc; 4-channel 
Front rotors (mm):
316 x 30; vented
345 x 30; vented
Rear rotors (mm):
315 x 23; vented
339 x 23; vented
Front calipers:
aluminum, dual-piston
cast iron, dual-piston
Rear calipers:
aluminum, single-piston
aluminum, single-piston
Steering (type):
variable assist rack-and-pinion
variable assist rack-and-pinion
Steering ratio:
16.1:1 (RWD)
19.1:1 (AWD)
Steering turns, 
2.81 (RWD)
3.26 (AWD)

Turn circle (ft. / m):
35.9 / 10.9 (RWD)
36.6 / 11.2 (AWD)
31.15 / 11


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):
62 / 1576 (front with 18-inch wheels)
61.8 / 1570 (front with 19-inch wheels)
63 / 1600 (rear with 18-inch wheels)
62.8 / 1597 (rear with 19-inch wheels)
Curb weight (lb / kg):
3931 / 1783 (RWD with manual trans)
3909 / 1773 (RWD with auto trans)
4131 / 1874 (AWD)
Weight distribution (% front / rear):
53 / 47 (RWD)
54 / 46 (AWD)

Headroom (in / mm):
36.9 / 937 (front)
34.6 / 879 (rear)
Legroom (in / mm):
42.4 / 1078 (front)
35 / 890 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm):
56 / 1424 (front)
50.9 / 1294 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm):
54.5 / 1385 (front)
47.7 / 1212 (rear)

Seating capacity (front / rear):
2 / 2
EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L):
86.6 / 2452
EPA trunk volume (cu ft / L):
10.5 / 298
Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):
Fuel tank (gal. / L):
18 / 68
Engine oil (qt. / L):
6 / 6.2
Cooling system (qt / L):
10.9 / 10.3

*SAE certified.

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.
Please visit for updates.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

More by Colum Wood

Join the conversation
 1 comment