The Cadillac CTS is a mid-size produce by General Motors since 2002. So far, it has seen two generations with a third in the works for 2013.
The current model is offered in sedan, coupe, and sport-wagon variants with a choice of three different engines. The first is a 3.0L V6 developing 260hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. The second engine is a 3.6L V6 producing 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the top of the line 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine delivers 556hp and 551 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
We don’t know if General Motors is jumping the gun with their increasing excitement or if the market interest for the new Cadillac CTS Coupe is stronger than any of us anticipated. Either way, GM announced that their new flagship coupe is already being produced at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and, on top of that, they’ve bumped the vehicle’s expected shipping schedule sooner than the expected August dealership date.
Whatever their reasoning is, prospective customers for the CTS Coupe must be grinning from ear to ear right now. Not only do they get the car they’ve been waiting for ahead of schedule, but they’re also given an option to purchase the CTS Coupe with either a 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct injection that produces 304 horsepower ($38,990) or an upgraded version – the CTS-V Coupe – with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine ($62,990).
Not that we’re complaining ourselves, because to be honest, we’ve had our eye on this car for quite some time and now that it’s dealership drop date has been scheduled earlier than announced, it should give us a clearer understanding of everything we need to know about the car sooner than expected.
The luxury arm of General Motors, Cadillac has added a sportier new model to their CTS lineup of midsize vehicles. Cadillac showed off the CTS Coupe Concept back in 2008 at the Detroit Auto Show and following much of the same lines, the new model is set to go on sale in the spring of 2010, with a more powerful V-Series version later on in the year.
The Cadillac CTS Coupe is powered by a direct injected 3.6 Liter V6 gas burning engine and is mated to a six speed manual transmission standard with a Driver Shift Control automatic as an option. The combination is good for a total of 304 HP sent either directly to the rear wheel or routed through an all wheel drive system. Depending on how you want your CTS Coupe Cadillac is offering first the Performance Package that comes complete with a set of 18 inch wheels wrapped in all season tires and is available for both the RWD and AWD versions as well as the all out Summer Tire Performance Package that upgrades your rollers to a set of 19 inch units as well as stickier rubber for a higher level of road holding. No matter which you choose, you are sure to have BMW 3 Series drivers gawking at you wherever you go.
Updated 05/20/2010: Cadillac today announced prices for the all-new 2011 CTS Coupe that will go on sale in early August. The CTS Coupe will be offered in a range of four packages:
Standard ($38,990 RWD, $40,890 AWD): Six-speed automatic with tap up/down shifting, 18-inch wheels, performance suspension, rear park assist, Bose audio, MP3 input, EZ Key, remote start, power driver and front passenger seats.
Performance Collection ($43,430 RWD, $45,330 AWD): HID Xenon headlamps, adaptive forward lighting, 10-way power leather seats, Bose 5.1 Surround Sound, USB integration, 40GB hard drive.
V-Series ($62,990): 6.2L Supercharged V8, paddle shift controls, Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, 19-inch wheels with performance tires.
UPDATE 07/06/2010: GM announced that their new flagship coupe is already being produced at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and, on top of that, they’ve bumped the vehicle’s expected shipping schedule sooner than the expected August dealership date.
GM revealed a new video that presents details on the new CTS-V Wagon. Like the sedan and coupe models, the CTS-V sports Wagon is powered by the same 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Sales will begin in late 2010.
Check out this video of pure awesomeness featuring a Cadillac CTS thwarting a thief from successfully swiping the bag of a poor lady. The footage, which we assume was taken by a street camera, captured the thief as he wrestled the bag away from the woman and ran away, bag in hand. Unfortunately, Chinese Batman - on-board the CTS - came to the rescue, successfully pulling off a drifting maneuver as he caught up with the petty thief and prevented him from escaping with the stolen bag.
Assuming, of course, that this video is legitimate, we can’t help, but raise a glass to the driver of the CTS who seemed to know a thing or two about using his car in superhero fashion. Way to make an impression, buddy.
Cool Hunting unveiled today their new Apple iPad application that takes inspiration from the new Cadillac CTS Coupe. Available beginning on April 3, the new Apple iPad is fixing to become the next great technological offering from Apple, one that a lot of car manufacturers - Alfa Romeo being one of them - are expected to use as a tool to promote new marketing endeavors through the creation of auto-inspired applications.
And now, it looks like Cadillac has jumped on-board.
"The Cadillac CTS Coupe serves as muse for our design and technology stories." says Josh Rubin, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cool Hunting. "We’re always looking for ways to inspire our audience — both with the content we create and the way we deliver it. We’re excited that our relationship with Cadillac enabled new opportunities for our readers to engage with our content while pushing the innovative ways we work with brands."
Lingenfelter has developed a new tuning package for the Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan. After the addition of a Supercharger Pulley upgrade kit, the 6.2 liter LSA supercharged engine delivers a total of 630 BHP and 630 lbs.-ft. of torque.
Lingenfelter offers three options for ordering the CTS-V Supercharger Pulley package: as an out-the-door parts kit retailing for $589.95; as a parts and labor package that allows buyers to send in components for labor work; or as a complete in-house installation package where Lingenfelter takes possession of the car.
Cadillac is getting serious about the European market, and that’s evident with the new 2010 CTS Sport Wagon. While wagons have not always been the preference for North American customers, the extra space finds favor with European customers. The wagon was a natural evolution for Cadillac considering the CTS was designed to compete with sedans from Germany such as the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series. The more aggressive lines suggest that the CTS Sport Wagon is going after A4 Avant customers.
The base engine in North America will be the 3.6-liter 263 horsepower V-6. Optional will be a the 3.6-liter with added direct injection, which increases output to 304 horsepower. There is also a 2.9-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine option making 250 horsepower for the European and Asian markets. The gas engine V-6 Sport Wagon’s fuel economy is expected to be similar to the peak rating of the sedan’s 26 mpg highway rating. All will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission as well as all-wheel drive.
UPDATE 09/02/2010: Check out our review of the CTS Sport Wagon by clicking here!
Hennessey Performance never seems to run out of cars that it modifies to become faster and even more powerful than its standard type. For this occasion, HP decided to feast on a 2011 Cadillac CTS-V, a car that is already powered by a Corvette ZR1 derivative 6-2-liter V8 engine, and try to make it even more powerful than it already is.
The result, as you can expect, is staggering. In tuning the CTS-V, Hennessey decided to add a few instruments to the coupe, including a cold air induction system, a smaller supercharger pulley, ling tube headers, a three-inch exhaust system, an improved intercooler, and a new engine management system, among others.
After finishing up on their new work of art, the completely souped-up CTS-V now throttles with up to 700 horsepower with 70 lb-ft of torque, giving it a more than impressive top speed of 211 mph and a 0-60mph time of 3.3 seconds.
Check out the video of the CTS-V doing some test work and see for yourself how Hennessey Performance was able to turn an already powerful coupe into something that can fluster even the most expensive of supercars.
The way Cadillac is positioning the 2011 CTS-V Coupe in its new commercial, you figure that this may be one of those cars that have the capacity to withstand any form of natural disaster Mother Nature throws its way.
Of course, realistically speaking, there aren’t a lot of things that can look nature’s wrath in the eye and live to tell about it. But with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that packs 556 hp and 551ft’lbs of torque, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is a good car to have when you’re running away from a natural disaster.
You may not be familiar with General Motors Vice-President of Design for North America Bryan Nesbitt, but you will definitely recognize his work. Namely the PT Cruiser from his time with Daimler Chrysler and the equally retro Chevrolet HHR. Aside from throwbacks to early people movers, Nesbitt also had a say in the design of the open air sport compact speedsters, the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky before their untimely demise. However these days the young designer has moved on to more grown up things, like managing the development of Cadillac’s latest BMW 3 Series competitor, the CTS Coupe.
The challenge that GM’s design team set before them was to integrate the art and science of engineering a great rear wheel drive chassis to create a very dynamic and expressive luxury sport coupe complete with styling cues like a low slung roofline, flared arches and hidden door handles to create an extremely sporty design. The Cadillac CTS Coupe is powered by a direct injected 3.6 Liter V6 gas burning engine and is mated to a six speed manual transmission standard with a Driver Shift Control automatic as an option, the combination is good for a total of 304 HP and looks that just won’t quit.