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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

GM has taken wraps of the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe today, unveiling the company's new luxury sports coupe that is expected to arrive in dealerships in spring 2010.

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe extracts power from a direct-injected 3.6-litre V6 engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission that is able to output 304 HP (227 kW) and 274 Nm of torque. With this engine the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe can return 27 mpg on the highway, and GM says a high-performance V-Series edition of the Coupe will also be released in 2010.

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe will be offered as a rear-wheel or an all-wheel drive vehicle with two suspension-tuning levels available, while the advanced electronic chassis control system StabiliTrak is standard.

Details regarding technology inside the cabin mention that the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe comes with integrated iPod/MP3 capability, Bluetooth, a 40 GB hard drive, pop-up sat-nav, Rear Camera system and a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround audio system.

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe price was not announced yet.

GM press release :

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 design and technical 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.

Design

CTS Coupe emerged as a proposal inside Cadillac’s design studio, where designers have developed and evolved 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 sleek, aerodynamic look
    * Sculpted lower front fascia with unique brake-cooling vents
    * Diamond cut-style 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 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.

Performance

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.

Technology

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 advanced 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.

2011 CADILLAC CTS COUPE SPECIFICATIONS

Overview

Model:

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

Body style / driveline:

2-door sport luxury coupe

Construction:

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.

Engine


3.6L V-6 VVT DI

Type:

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

Valvetrain:

DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing (VVT)

Fuel delivery:

direct high-pressure fuel injection

Compression ratio:

11.3:1

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):

6950

EPA estimated fuel economy
(city / hwy):

17 / 26 (RWD and AWD with automatic)
17 / 25 (RWD with manual)

Transmission


Aisin AY6

Hydra-Matic 6L50

Type:

six-speed manual

six-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Gear ratios (:1)



First:

4.15

4.02

Second:

2.51

2.36

Third:

1.69

1.53

Fourth:

1.27

1.15

Fifth:

1.00

0.85

Sixth:

0.75

0.67

Reverse:

3.67

3.06

Final drive ratio:

3.73

3.73 (RWD)
3.23 (AWD)

Chassis/Suspension


Performance

Summer Tire Performance

Configuration

RWD or AWD

RWD

Differential:

limited-slip

limited-slip

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

Chassis/Suspension (cont.)


Performance

Summer Tire Performance

Wheels:

18 x 8.5-inch alloy; five-lug

19 x 8.5-inch alloy; five-lug

Tires:

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 ABS/TCS w/ DRP

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)

16.1:1

Steering turns, lock-to-lock:

2.81 (RWD)
3.26 (AWD)

2.81

Turn circle (ft. / m):

35.9 / 10.9 (RWD)
36.6 /11.2 (AWD)

31.15 / 11

Dimensions
Exterior

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)

Interior

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)

Capacities

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):

TBD

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 http://media.cadiilac.com for updates.

 

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