DRAMATIC DESIGN WITH UNCOMPROMISING
PERFORMANCE SETS OFF THE ALL-NEW 2011
CADILLAC CTS COUPE AND CTS-V COUPE
New luxury sports coupe is Cadillac’s most dramatic expression of Art & Science
Touch-pad door entry
Rear vision camera
2-Inch wider rear track, “faster” windshield angle
Revised gearing, increased cornering capability, more responsive driving experience
New exterior colors: Carbon Flash Metallic and Evolution Green Metallic
Launched in September 2010 as the new focal point of Cadillac’s product lineup
Middle East - Cadillac has unveiled the 2011 CTS Coupe and CTS-V Coupe, the latest and most
dramatic of the brand’s series of new designs to reach production. Having arrived across the
region in September 2010, the CTS Coupe is a new luxury sports coupe designed to become the
centerpiece of the brand’s enhanced lineup.
“We built on the very sucessful CTS Sports Sedan, extending its potential in order to develop a
compelling new alternative for luxury and performance minded drivers, and resulted in the CTS
Coupe and CTS-V Coupe,” said Don Butler, Vice President of Cadillac Marketing, “The addition
of a Coupe provides an entryway for new consumers to experience the Cadillac Arts & Science
philosophy of the brand.”
“CTS Coupe and the CTS-V Coupe is the new focal point of Cadillac, reinforcing the brand’s
leadership role in bold designs with dramatic presence and striking detail,” said Fadi Ghosn, Chief
Marketing Officer at GM Middle East Operations.” The CTS-V Coupe, especially, is a combination
of visual and technical attributes designed to create a very compelling choice for luxury sports car
The CTS Coupe and CTS-V Coupe joins the CTS Sport Sedan and the 556-horsepower (415
kW) CTS-V as the foundation of Cadillac’s lineup.
The overall effect is a destinctive design that is both precise and refined, and includes touch-pad
door entry, revised gearing, increased cornering capability, and more responsive driving
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 and all-
The 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. The new CTS
Coupe is powered by a 3.6L direct injected V-6 rated at 304 horsepower (227 kW). The high-
performance CTS-V Coupe receives the same, 556-horsepower (415 kW) 6.2L supercharged V-8
found in the landmark CTS-V Sport Sedan.
The coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS Sport Sedan, 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
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 capability of the chassis. 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 centerline crease, aim to
achieve the most visually confident coupe in the segment.
The CTS Coupe extends Cadillac’s emerging performance credentials, with its standard direct
injected 3.6L V-6 and a six speed automatic, featuring a revised clutch and dual-mass flywheel
that offers better clutch pedal feel and improved engine isolation. A six-speed automatic
transmission with Driver Shift Control (and available steering wheel mounted shift buttons) is
standard. The Coupe’s final drive ratio is 3.73:1, up from the 3.42:1 ratio of other CTS body
styles, providing more responsive acceleration.
The 3.6L DI engine is rated at 304 horsepower (227 kW) and offers EPA-estimated fuel economy
of 8.71 L/100km on the highway. It also runs on less expensive regular unleaded gasoline. Direct
injection technology delivers fuel more precisely to increase the efficiency of combustion,
enabling more power while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions.
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.
Befitting its luxury sports coupe status, the Coupe has a number of adjustments in the chassis
enabling crisper driving performance. The car’s wider track gives it a more planted feel and
slightly better cornering. The Coupe has a smaller 29mm front stabilizer bar (2mm less than the
Sedan) while the rear bar is increased from 20mm to 24.5mm. Damping force is firmer at all four
corners, helping the Coupe reach 0.88g peak lateral acceleration in standard form, and more than
0.90 for the V-Series edition.
Two suspension-tuning levels are available: a Performance Package with 18-inch wheels and all-
season tires (standard on AWD models,) and the Summer Tire Performance Package, with 19-
inch tires and wheels and a higher level of road holding capability (standard on RWD models).
StabiliTrak, the advanced electronic chassis control system, is standard.
The CTS Coupe’s interior emphasizes technical precision with elegant, hand-crafted details. The
hand-assembled center console leads seamlessly into the center stack, providing a sportier
“cockpit” feel for the driver and passenger without compromising space.
The interior includes hand-sewn accents covering the door, center storage console and
instrument panel trim. Available heated and ventilated seats incorporate “thin-seat” technology for
maximum occupant comfort and enhanced rear-seat leg, knee and foot room. Fourteen-way
adjustable Recaro sport seats are optional.
The Coupe also 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
Standard Keyless Access and Smart Remote Start
Rear vision camera system
Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround™ audio system.
CTS Coupe is designed to enhance Cadillac’s reputation for providing safe occupant
environments in luxury vehicles. Details include:
Dual-stage driver front air bag
Segment-first dual depth front passenger air bag
Driver and front passenger side seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side air bags
Roof-rail side curtain air bags that cover front and rear seating rows
Front safety belt pretensioners
Tire pressure monitoring system
Body structure with strategically placed high-strength steel.
CTS-V Coupe details
The 2011 CTS-V Coupe 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. Its suite of technical and performance elements
include Magnetic Ride Control, racing-bred Brembo brakes and an available automatic
transmission with paddle-shift control.
Unique design features include a grille that doubles 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 2.55 cm wider than the CTS-V Sport Sedan, adding to
the car’s aggressive stance and enabling an extra measure of handling capability. 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.
Power for the V-Series Coupe comes from Cadillac’s LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, 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 0-100 kph 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 Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed
manual with a dual-disc clutch and a 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. 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
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.
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 ebony seats with a saffron sueded fabric
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
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.