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2011 Preview: Cadillac CTS Coupe


Cadillac is about to introduce a stylish two-door version of it’s highly regarded CTS sedan. While other automobile manufacturers seem to play fast and loose with the term coupe, Cadillac is stick to tradition by introducing a two-door coupe version of its world class CTS sedan.


 


The term two-door and coupe used to be redundant until some European carmakers started referring to some of their specialty four-doors as coupes, but Cadillac is having none of that foolishness. The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, unveiled prior to the Los Angeles Auto Show at the Grove, seems to have come largely intact from a design study developed by Cadillac’s dedicated design studio. It has the sharp creases, vertical taillights and a well-defined centerline so it has a strong family resemblance to other popular CTS Cadillac models, but it also has a distinctiveness all its own.


 


Many auto enthusiasts may find it hard to wait for the high-performance V-series edition of the Cadillac CTS Coupe which is scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms next year. But at the start of production buyers will be offered only the GM 3.6-liter V-6. It won’t be anything to sneeze at with a rating of 304 horsepower and EPA fuel economy estimates of 27 miles per gallon on the highway, but with a 556 horsepower, supercharged V-8 engine scheduled for later release, some buyers may decide to wait.


 


Inside, the Coupe we saw, it had hand-sewn leather accents and we liked the sound of the Bose 5.1 cabin surround sound with its pause and play feature. It’s kind of like TiVo for mobile radio.


 


Cadillac officials would not discuss price but said that when it arrives in dealer showrooms next year the CTS Coupe is expected to be priced under $50,000. Don’t expect to get a supercharged V-8 version for that kind of money however. When the CTS V-series high-performance version arrives, it will surely cost much more.

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