X

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe preview drive (photos)

Cadillac's CTS sedan proved such a success that the company is creating variants. The CTS Sport Wagon has already been released, and later this year the Coupe version comes out. Cadillac invited us for a preview drive of the new CTS Coupe in the sunny hills of Northern California.

Wayne_Cunningham.jpg
Wayne_Cunningham.jpg
Wayne Cunningham
34121731_SS01.jpg
1 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
Cadillac is getting a lot of mileage out of its CTS model. The car originally launched as a sedan, after which Cadillac released a wagon version. The Coupe version represents a radical exterior style. Along with the standard body types, Cadillac is also releasing high-performance V versions.
34121731_SS02.jpg
2 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
The CTS Coupe cuts a different stance from its sedan sibling, with 2 inches shaved off length and height; the track has been increased 2 inches for greater cornering stability.
34121731_SS03.jpg
3 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
Similar to the CTS sedan, the Coupe gets vertical light pipes in the head casings to serve as markers at night.
34121731_SS04.jpg
4 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
The rear pillar of the Coupe is very wide, which Cadillac says increases the car's rigidity.
34121731_SS05.jpg
5 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
These door handles are a nice design touch. An electronic pad underneath the skin opens the door.
34121731_SS07.jpg
6 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
This angular style, what Cadillac calls Art and Science design language, sets the CTS Coupe apart from other cars on the road.
34121731_SS08.jpg
7 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
Unlike the sedan, the Coupe's tailpipes are set in the center of the bumper, and have trapezoidal tips to complement the general styling of the car.
34121731_SS09.jpg
8 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
The long back glass dictated a small trunk opening, so Cadillac fitted the lid with long arms.
34121731_SS10.jpg
9 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
Top-stitched leather covers the dashboard, and wood trim elements run through the doors, giving the CTS Coupe a luxury treatment worthy of Cadillac.
34121731_SS11.jpg
10 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
With the Coupe body, the rear seating area became more compact. Cadillac lowered the seat bottoms to ensure head room for rear seat passengers.
34121731_SS19.jpg
11 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
Because of the low roof-line, the rear windows are small triangles of visibility.
34121731_SS12.jpg
12 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
The steering felt a little lifeless during hard cornering, as Cadillac engineers leaned toward a luxury feel in the tuning.
34121731_SS13.jpg
13 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
The LCD motors up vertically out of the dashboard. In its recessed position, it serves as an audio display on the exposed strip of screen.
34121731_SS15.jpg
14 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
Cadillac uses a Full Speed iPod connection, which separates the cable into USB and audio jacks.
34121731_SS14.jpg
15 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
The onscreen interface is very usable for audio options, and attractively designed.
34121731_SS16.jpg
16 of 16 Wayne Cunningham/CNET
The navigation system's maps, stored on the car's hard drive, are easy to read and show useful route guidance information. We particularly like the traffic data.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
US Air Force at 75: These Are the Aircraft It's Flown
110403-f-ka253-155

US Air Force at 75: These Are the Aircraft It's Flown

45 Photos
Toyota C-HR Prologue Sharpens Up the Small SUV
Toyota C-HR Prologue

Toyota C-HR Prologue Sharpens Up the Small SUV

11 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
2024 Acura Integra Type S Looks Sharp in Camouflage
2024 Acura Integra Type S

2024 Acura Integra Type S Looks Sharp in Camouflage

9 Photos