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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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