First Look: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

Cadillac surprised many people with the introduction of a CTS Coupe concept at the 2008 Detroit auto show. Now we're getting a look at the production car and not much has changed. Design has been Cadillac's focus for the past few years and the CTS Coupe is the ultimate expression of Cadillac's current design language.

Fans of the concept's B-pillarless design will be happy to see the production Coupe lacks a B-pillar and has hidden door releases, like a Corvette. According to Cadillac, only the instrument panel, console, grille, headlights, and front fenders are shared between the coupe and sedan versions of the CTS. Inside, the Coupe seats four in a classic 2+2 layout.

Of course the CTS Coupe isn't just about looks. The only engine offered is a 3.6-liter V-6 featuring direct injection and delivering 304 hp. A choice of six-speed transmissions will be available, though only rear-wheel-drive cars are available with a clutch pedal. Two suspension packages are offered: a so-called performance package includes 18-inch wheels and all-season tires while the summer tire performance package upgrades to 19-inch wheels and Continental summer tires, though it can't be paired with AWD. A Limited-slip differential is standard for all CTS Coupes. A V-series Coupe will follow, likely at the Detroit show.

Inside, driver and passenger can choose Recaro buckets borrowed from the CTS-V sedan for more support during spirited driving. Cadillac's pop-up navigation system remains an option as well as Bluetooth, and a Bose surround sound system. Those stuck riding in the rear seat will give up quite a bit of personal space compared with a CTS Sedan, but there are only two seats back there in the Coupe. Sometimes comfort is sacrificed for fashion and the CTS Coupe is plenty fashionable.

Not bad looking but the styling looks like an offspring from a union of a Isuzu Fuego and a VW Rabbit from the 80s. This doesn't bode well for this car in my book.

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