Preview: Cadillac CTS Coupe

Cadillac today unveiled the 2011 CTS Coupe, the latest and most

Cadillac has released photos of what the production CTS Coupe will look like, and we are pleased to see it was faithful to the concept car. Sales are expected to start in Spring of 2010. Cadillac considers the CTS Coupe as the ‘centerpiece’ of the brand. Motivation of the CTS Coupe comes from a 3.6L direct injection V-6 rated at 304hp. A six-speed manual will be standard, with available 6-speed automatic. Buyers can choose from rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Expect a V-Series CTS Coupe later in 2010. No doubt a 6.2L 556hp V-8 should make this one fun ‘centerpiece’.

Instantly recognizable as a CTS, the Coupe shares the sedan’s wheelbase, but is 2″ lower and 2″ shorter. And the only parts we see-the instrument panel, console, headlights, front fenders and grille are all the Coupe and sedan share; the rest of the Coupe is unique.

The evolution of the CTS has been fascinating to watch. In its first generation all we had was the base sedan and the V-Series. Cadillac could have left that formula alone, and no one would have said a word about it. Instead, Cadillac has introduced the CTS Sport Wagon, and now the Coupe. I applaud Cadillac for having the guts to go for it. Sure, the sedan will get the majority of the sales, but that’s almost besides the point. Cadillac is sending direct notice to BMW and Audi that they have them covered for every style against the 3-series and the A4/A5, but with one exception-a convertible. Maybe next year?

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

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