2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

The Cadillac CTS is back with two fewer doors and gobs more sex appeal.

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The CTS Coupe features a track that is a full two inches wider than the Sedan, which adds to its low slung aesthetic.

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Up front, the CTS features a large chrome grille and jewel-like headlamps with steerable projectors.

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Out back, the CTS features all new bodywork with rear glass that's so steeply raked you'd be forgiven if your mistook the coupe for a liftback.

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Cadillac has simplified the CTS Coupe's doors by removing the handles, replacing them with hidden door pop buttons.

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The rear end is punctuated by a center exit dual exhaust with angular tips that mirror the coupe's edgy aesthetic.

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Our engine bay has been beautified with a $110 underhood appearance package.

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The standard transmission on the CTS is a six-speed automatic with manual and sport shift modes. The Performance package adds paddle shifters and the option to swap the whole kit out in favor of a six-speed manual gearbox and a $1,300 price drop.

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Our ebony interior was trimmed with wood and chrome accents with a metallic center stack that features an angular theme that reflects the exterior aesthetic.

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The center stack is topped with a motorized 8-inch touch screen that can be retracted, leaving only a fraction of the screen visible to display audio source information.

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The Cadillac's instrument cluster is understated with white electroluminescent numbers on a black background.

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The instrument cluster features a small LCD information display that is controlled with this small bank of buttons located near the steering wheel.

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The steering wheel itself falls nicely into the hands with thumb-actuated buttons for audio and phone controls.

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Connect an iPod or USB mass storage device to the Cadillac's USB port and the infotainment system will decode the digital audio and display track metadata.

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The system will also allow users to browse their devices by folder, artist, album, as well as by other categories.

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Audio source and map data can be viewed simultaneously in this split-screen.

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The map can also be expanded to a full screen view. Map data is stored on a 40GB hard drive, so browsing and response times are snappy.

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The XM satellite radio receiver pulls in audio, as well as traffic and weather data.

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Weather data can be organized and viewed in a variety of ways, including forecast, current conditions, and alerts along route.

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Destination entry features a predictive text system that blanks out invalid characters as new letters are input.

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The infotainment system's hard drive adds a bonus feature that allows users to pause live radio broadcasts. Simply hit the pause button and the stereo will begin to cache up to 20 minutes of audio.

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The single optical disc slot supports CD audio and DVD video playback--when the vehicle is parked, of course.

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