2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Video

For the 2011 model year, Cadillac’s lineup expands again with the addition of the CTS coupe and 556-horsepower supercharged CTS-V coupe, which we faithfully tested for this video. According to Cars.com editor Mike Hanley, the CTS-V coupe is an impressive car, with a surprisingly quiet powertrain and luxurious cabin. However, the optional automatic transmission robs the car of some power, Hanley says. Overall, Hanley thinks the coupe is a good fit for most high-performance luxury coupe shoppers. Watch the video to find out why.

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By Colin Bird | September 28, 2010 | Comments (7)

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Hits Dealerships Ahead of Schedule

The newest member of the Cadillac family, the 2011 CTS coupe, makes its way to dealerships today. Hundreds of coupes are being shipped across the country nearly a month ahead of schedule.

The CTS coupe is produced at the same factory that makes the CTS sedan and Sport Wagon and the long-in-the-tooth STS sedan.

The coupe has a starting price of $38,165, not including an $825 destination charge. A high-powered V-Series coupe will top out at $62,165. The CTS-V coupe won’t be available for at least a few more weeks until reviews of the car are made available, said Cadillac spokesman Nick Twork.

Besides the long-anticipated CTS-V coupe, Cadillac fans will have to wait till the end of this year for the CTS-V Sport Wagon, which is the brand’s only other scheduled new model.

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By Colin Bird | July 6, 2010 | Comments (1)

Cadillac Rolls Out Free Maintenance

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We’re not saying we started something here, but it seems that since our post on free maintenance programs, more automakers are adding them.
 
Last week, Lincoln started offering a three-year free maintenance program as a summer incentive. Today, Cadillac announced that it will begin a full-time free maintenance program for all 2011 models. The plan covers all required maintenance for the first four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.

That includes oil changes, tire rotations, replacing engine and cabin air filters and the more significant/expensive multipoint inspections.
 
The first vehicles included in the program, called Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance, will be the 2011 CTS lineup, including the new CTS coupe.
 
By David Thomas | June 21, 2010 | Comments (4)

Cadillac CTS Coupe Starts at $38,165

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GM announced that the all-new 2011 Cadillac CTS coupe will start at $38,165, not including a destination charge of $825.

Moving up the trim levels, the Performance Collection Package begins at $42,605 and includes features such as xenon headlights, 10-way power leather seats, Bose surround sound and a 40-gigabyte hard drive.

The Premium Collection begins at $47,010 and adds a rearview camera, navigation system, sunroof, wood trim and heated front seats.

Finally, the V-Series gets you performance, including a 556-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, and pushes the price tag up to $62,165. All trim level prices do not include the destination charge.

The CTS goes on sale this August.

By Stephen Markley | May 21, 2010 | Comments (6)

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe on the Streets of Chicago

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Cadillac spokesman Nick Twork dropped by our Chicago offices this morning to take us for a spin in an early production CTS coupe. The car hits dealerships this summer, and journalists won’t get to drive it until later this spring. So, coffee in hand, we hopped in the passenger seat and learned some new tidbits about the car.
By Kelsey Mays | April 29, 2010 | Comments (26)

iPad App Inspired by 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

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Cadillac and Cool Hunting have created a new app for the upcoming Apple iPad with exclusive content “inspired by” the 2011 Cadillac CTS coupe.

Although the companies are hazy on what this content includes, the app will have Cool Hunting coverage “inspired by the CTS Coupe’s dramatic design and performance,” along with content about the 2011 CTS coupe.

Cool Hunting provides a daily update on art, design, culture and technology. Theoretically, those are the iPad users Cadillac wants to reach.

The app will be available through Apple’s App Store on April 3, when the iPad goes on sale to the public.

By Stephen Markley | March 31, 2010 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2003-2007 Cadillac CTS

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GM has issued a recall for an undetermined number of Cadillac CTS vehicles from the 2003-2007 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall is due to a defect in CTS vehicles currently registered or originally sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Some of these vehicles have a hose fitting at the caliper on the front brake that may corrode from exposure to snow or water containing road salt or other contaminants, which could get into the routing sleeve. If the fitting corrodes enough, the brake hose-tube interface may develop a leak, which could increase vehicle stopping distance and lead to an accident.

Dealers will replace both front brake hose assemblies for free. The recall is not expected to begin until May. Owners may contact Cadillac at 866-982-2339 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.

By Stephen Markley | March 23, 2010 | Comments (0)

2010 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers: Production Cars

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It's been a busy media preview at the Detroit auto show with the launch of a number of new production cars, and now it's time to assess the hits and the flops. All the models below will hit showrooms sometime in the next year — although we have to wait longer on the new Focus — and some are vitally important to their respective automakers. Let us know what your favorite new production car was in the comments.
 
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Mike Hanley: Winner
The new global Focus doesn't go on sale in the U.S. for another year or so, but from what I saw of it at the show, it definitely looks worth the wait. Stylish design, good fuel economy and high-tech features come together in this small car, positioning it to steal market share from the competition; it's already stolen the Detroit auto show.
By David Thomas | January 14, 2010 | Comments (8)

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe at 2010 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
  • Looks like: One fast cheese grater
  • Drivetrain: 556-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8; six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Early summer 2010

If you have the need to hit 60 mph in under four seconds and like the looks of the upcoming CTS Coupe, the CTS-V Coupe is for you. The huge 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 needs a unique hood to cover its magnitude. The hump is one of the design elements that sets the CTS-V apart from the standard Coupe, along with a grille that allows twice the amount of air intake. Around back, the center-mounted exhaust gets beefed up, too.
 
19-inch wheels, front and rear body molding and a Saffron interior color are all unique to this version of the coupe. Like the CTS-V sedan, it also sports optional Recaro front seats and, more importantly, the same Magnetic Ride Control sport suspension along with Brembo brakes.

While it may seem like Cadillac is offering too many high-powered variants these days, BMW makes sure its M3 model is offered in sedan, coupe and convertible body styles.

More photos of the CTS-V Coupe can be found below.

By David Thomas | January 4, 2010 | Comments (11)

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe: Up Close

The CTS coupe, a car GM placed on hiatus during its bankruptcy, joins a sedan and wagon to give the CTS nameplate as many variants as a typical BMW or Audi might offer. True to the CTS coupe concept shown at last year’s Detroit auto show, this is no watered-down production version — the arcing taillights, central exhaust pipes and brash C-pillars are the stuff of concept cars and will make it to driveways.

GM went that direction with the Chevrolet Camaro, and owners paid a price for it in visibility, backseat room and trunk space. I’m glad to see that isn’t the case for the CTS coupe. The car’s sightlines are decent, though I could only gauge this in the auto show's static setting. The C-pillars are small enough and the rear head restraints are also tiny, keeping blind spots minimal; sizable side mirrors should keep adjacent traffic on your radar. The front seat belts need no device that keeps them within reach; they’re easy to grab, which is unusual in a two-door car.

I’m not wild about the coupe’s electronic door handles. Like in the Chevy Corvette, you reach into a crevice to press a button that unlatches it. That’s fine, but it also means the cabin swaps the CTS sedan’s tasteful door handles for plastic buttons. It may be high-tech, but it feels low-rent.

The backseat is a squeeze to get into, but adults should find legroom manageable. I’m 5 feet 11 inches tall and my head mashed the headliner. If I leaned back, I wouldn’t quite reach the rear glass — a more tenable position, at least until the road got bumpy.

At 10.5 cubic feet, the trunk is small. Granted, buying a luxury coupe for the trunk room is like getting a Whopper for the fiber. Like fast food, the CTS coupe is a guilty pleasure.

By Kelsey Mays | December 3, 2009 | Comments (0)

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