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Dynamic duo of American muscle

Ford unleashes the 2011 Mustang GT and Cadillac let the 2011 CTS-V Coupe out of its cage at the 2010 Detroit auto show.

2011 Mustang GT
The 2011 Mustang GT, sporting a 5-liter V-8, debuts at the Detroit auto show. Sarah Tew/CNET

DETROIT--The 2011 Ford Mustang GT and the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe may be an unlikely pair, but they were two great examples of American muscle at the 2010 Detroit auto show. The Mustang borrows looks from the past, but the CTS-V Coupe is something completely new.

Both are bruisers, the Mustang GT's new 5-liter V-8 making 412 horsepower, while the CTS-V Coupe's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 puts out 556 horsepower. The Mustang GT looks blue collar, while the CTS-V Coupe has a hint of European sophistication. And each delivers blistering performance.

Each car can also hold its own technically, with iPod integration, Bluetooth phone systems, and navigation systems that get you around traffic, so you can keep on the move.