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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe: Caution, may eat lesser cars

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
Cadillac released official photography and details today about the forthcoming CTS-V Coupe.

View the CTS-V Coupe from all angles in this linked slideshow.

The CTS Coupe is already a bold design in and of itself, the V treatment capitalizes that design and adds an exclamation mark.

The CTS-V Coupe scores the same 556-horsepower, 551 lb.-ft. of torque 6.2L engine that breathes fire in the CTS-V sedan.  That kind of whomp will send you to 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Cadillac chief Brian Nesbitt had this to say about the new addition to the Cadillac family,
The CTS-V Coupe marries our most potent and sophisticated technology with our most dramatic production design.  This combination of visual and technical attributes is designed to create a very compelling choice for luxury sports car consumers.
When it comes to shifting gears, you can row it yourself with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual featuring a dual-disc clutch or let a computer do the work with a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with paddle-shift control.

Bringing the whole thing to a halt are Brembo brakes with impressive six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.  The Brembo's bite down on slotted and vented rotors.  Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 summer tires are standard equipment.

Keeping things sporty inside are available Recaro seats and an exclusive Saffron color option.  The same "suede like" microfiber steering wheel, seat inserts and shifter also make it over from the CTS-V sedan.

If you recall, there was a recent study that showed that men who drove a Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet for an hour had significantly higher levels of testosterone in their saliva than after driving a 16 year old Toyota Camry.  I would like to see a similar test for drivers who spent an hour behind the wheel of this coupe:  I would imagine that the levels would be off the charts.

Pricing is not yet available, but the CTS-V sedan starts at $62,845 with destination, so you have a framework for what the CTS-V Coupe will set you back when it arrives in early summer.

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