Cadillac today announced the 2011 CTS-V Coupe, which debuts at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Practically we have a CTS Coupe with a 556 hp V8 engine.
However, there are some differences between the standard CTS and this one. The V-Series Coupe includes a grille that doubles the car’s air intake volume, an important enabler for its high-performance capabilities. It is also visually identified by a raised center section of the hood that provides clearance for the supercharger, as well as specific front and rear fascias. Its exhaust is centered inside the rear fascia, but with unique twin outlets, and the car rolls on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels, available in either painted or polished finishes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.
The Coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS-V Sport Sedan, but its overall height is about two inches (51 mm) lower and its overall length is two inches (51 mm) shorter. The two models share only the instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille.
The CTS-V is powered by the 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, the same engine found on the Sedan. With 556 Hp, and 551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm), it is the most powerful engine offered in Cadillac’s history and propels the CTS-V Coupe from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
The engine is connected thru a pair of six speed transmissions: a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with paddle-shift control.
New: Magnetic Ride Control
The technical enabler of that dual-mode driving character is Cadillac’s landmark Magnetic Ride Control. It is standard on the CTS-V Coupe and is the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology. It uses shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology, rather than mechanical valves, to greatly accelerate response time and precision.
The Magnetic Ride shocks also enable a broader range of damping control to optimize the ride and handling for all driving conditions. In the CTS-V Coupe, an extra measure of control is offered, with two selectable modes (Tour and Sport), enabling the driver to tailor the suspension for grand touring or more spirited performance driving.
Like most of the sport cars, CTS-V comes with great seats, but Recaro performance driving seats are available as optional. These 14-way adjustable performance seats include pneumatic bolster controls in the seat cushions and backrests.
The steering wheel, seat inserts and shifter are covered in microfiber, central console include a 40-gigabyte hard drive, advanced navigation system with a deployable screen and Bose digital surround audio, as well as factory-installed Bluetooth phone integration.
Overall, the car looks really good, very sporty. The back of the car looks more aggressive compared to the front of the car. The third led break stop installed on the upper part of the trunk is amazing. The entire design of the car with straight lines, gives you an impression that you really drive a 2010 car, not an old one.
The only problem of this car is the moment when it is launched. That engine even is very efficient will consume something and today, more and more people are considering this issue.