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by Matt Brogan

Cadillac will debut the 2011 CTS-V Coupe at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car is powered by a 556-horsepower (415kW)  551 lb.-ft. of torque (747 Nm) supercharged V8 engine which comes from the CTS-V sedan. Combining the CTS Coupe’s design and the power results in a luxury sports coupe for the driving enthusiasts.

“The CTS-V Coupe marries our most potent and sophisticated technology with our most dramatic production design,” said Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac general manager. “This combination of visual and technical attributes is designed to create a very compelling choice for luxury sports car consumers.”

Set to begin production in the middle of the year the CTS Coupe includes technologies such as Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and an automatic transmission with paddle shift control.
The V series Coupe has a unique grill which doubles the air intake volume, important for the cars high performance requirements. The bonnet also has a raised centre section to provide clearance for the supercharger. Similar to the CTS Coupe the exhaust is centered inside the rear fascia, but has twin outlets. 19 inch cast aluminium wheels can be painted or polished and are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.

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The rear track of the Coupe is almost one inch wider than the sedan it is based on, which gives the car an aggressive stance and also helps with improved handling. The CTS-V Sport Sedan established itself as one of the world’s highest performing luxury sedans, it was the first production car fitted with street tires to break the eight minute barrier at Germany’s Nurburgring track. With the V series Coupe’s sleeker shape and lower weight its performance should be similar to the sedan if not better.
Sharing the same wheelbase as the CTS-V Sport Sedan the Coupe is 51 mm lower and 51 mm shorter, sharing only the instrument panel, console, headlamps, front guards and grille.

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Key design features consist of the classic hardtop styling with no conventional B pillar. The doors have touch-pad operation with no door handles. The windshield is at a 62.3 degree angle with an almost horizontal back window for an aerodynamic profile. Signature vertical lighting with LED highlights and a high mounted stop lamp which functions as a rear spoiler.
Recaro driving seats are an option in the CTS-V Coupe, providing good support for enthusiastic driving. The seats are 14-way adjustable and have pneumatic side bolsters in the cushion and backrest.

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A new and exclusive Saffron colour is an option for the interior with accents carried on the seat inserts and stitching. Microfiber covers the steering wheel, seat inserts and shifter, offering the luxurious character of suede without the negatives of difficult care.
Hand stitched instrument panel, door trim and centre console are standard on the V series. Included is a 40 gigabyte hard drive, navigation system, Bose digital surround audio and Bluetooth phone connection.




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