Coupe arrived in 2011
Cadillac CTS line offers luxury amenities
he Cadillac CTS is a midsize line of
luxury cars available in sedan, coupe
and sport wagon body styles as well as in
high performance CTS-V versions. The
sedan was introduced in 2003 and up-
dated in 2008. The sport wagon first ap-
peared in 2010, and the coupe made its
debut for the 2011 model year.
Though every CTS model offers similar
amenities, the styling of the three body
styles varies considerably. This chiseled
coupe offers a more pronounced trunk
with large, boomerang styled tail lights
and a centered, V-shaped third brake
light. Embedded dual exhaust tips are located side by side directly underneath the
To enter the CTS Coupe, door handles
have been abandoned, replaced with a
stylish “dimple” that features a push button switch to open the long doors once
you have unlocked it with your key fob. Inside, front and back bucket seats offer
plenty of support and ample legroom.
But, take note: Tall rear seating passengers will find head room limited due to
the tapered roofline. Moreover, limited
trunk space may require use of its cen-
tered pass through, effectively removing
two seating positions.
Leatherette seating is standard with upgraded leather seating services optional.
Each CTS Coupe comes equipped with a
Bose sound system, eight-way power adjusted seats, XM radio and a one-year On-Star subscription with driving directions.
Performance and premium trim levels increases the amenities to include a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, power
sunroof, heated front seats and a rear view
Under the hood, a 3.6-liter direct injection
V- 6 engine is paired with six-speed manual
or automatic transmissions. Powered by its
rear wheels with all-wheel-drive optional,
this engine produces 304 horsepower and
with optional sport suspension this coupe
can handle most curves with ease. Credit
the summer tires, 18-inch wheels and FE3
suspension with keeping this two-ton
personal luxury coupe on the road.
For maximum performance, the CTS-V –
retailing for about $26,000 more than the
base CTS’s 2012 $38,715 tag – is worth a
look. The standard coupe motor is shared
with the Camaro, while the top of the line
6.2-liter V- 8 has been borrowed from the Corvette.
This supercharged engine is
rated at 556 horsepower and
benefits from Brembo brakes
with cast-iron rotors and
large front calipers. Sport shocks,
roll control and a Tremec six-speed
manual transmission showcase what this
sport Caddy can do, something its engineers have proven as the sedan version
has successfully lapped Nürburgring,
where the CTS has kept pace with Europe’s finest.
Safety features abound and include
front, side and side curtain airbags, stability control and rear park assist. Choose the
premium package and both HID head-
All Cadillac models are covered by a
comprehensive five-year, 100,000-mile
warranty. Premium care maintenance service covers all required maintenance for the
first four years or 50,000 miles of ownership, whichever comes first.
Matthew Keegan is a freelance auto writer
based in Cary, N.C.