Dealers Begin Receiving the Long-Awaited 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

It’s been a long wait since Cadillac first debuted it CTS Coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2008.

This week, dealers nationwide began receiving the first shipments of the eagerly awaited model.

Cadillac’s vice president of marketing, Don Butler, said, “CTS Coupe is a compelling new alternative for luxury and performance-minded drivers. The addition of a Coupe, especially one this dramatic, provides an important entryway for new consumers to experience Cadillac Art and Science.”

From a design standpoint, the CTS Coupe is not as radical as the CTS Sportwagon, but still features some distinctive features including a shorter, wider body and lower roofline than the sedan. The lines are sleek and Cadillac has used Corvette-inspired touchpad instead of handles to maintain the look. The Coupe’s hard top has done away with the traditional center pillar, and its centerline tailpipes and large aluminum-alloy wheels add to the sporty, contemporary appearance.

The base Coupe is equipped with a powerful but smooth 3.6-liter direct injection V6 engine that delivers 304 hp. The next step up, the CTS-V Coupe, offers a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 capable of 556 hp, which is comparable to what you’ll find under the hood of the Corvette ZR-1.

Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual or automatic transmission featuring manual gear selection. You’ll also have the choice of rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive. The CTS-V also comes equipped with Brembo disc brakes and magnetic rid control for greater comfort, performance and control with braking.

Since launching the CTS nameplate, Cadillac has earned a reputation for style and craftsmanship from its tasteful use of wood and leather. The CTS Coupe continues that tradition with stitched coverings for the doors, center console and dash. The interior of the CTS-V is draped in luxurious leather and suede.

The CTS Coup is loaded with the latest hi-tech features including a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround audio system with USB connectivity. You’ll also find an onboard 40-gig hard drive, glide-up navigation screen, automatic, dual-zone climate control Bluetooth connectivity and, of course OnStar. Not enough creature comforts to suit you? You might want to consider the optional heated steering wheel.

Cadillac has also enhanced the CTS Coupe’s safety features by giving it dual front and side air bags, side curtain airbags and a wide-angle, rear-facing camera.

According to Butler, “CTS Coupe is designed to bring new energy and allure to the luxury coupe category. In addition to the emotional appeal of its design, CTS Coupe delivers advanced technology and world-class performance.”

The CTS nameplate has ranked in the top 10 in J.D. Power & Associates 2010 quality survey and has made Car and Driver’s “Ten Best” list for three consecutive years.

Pricing for the V6 Coupe starts at $39,990 with the CTS-V Coupe priced at $62,990.

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