The production Cadillac CTS Coupe is relatively unchanged from the concept shown in 2008 at Detroit. Compared with the sedan, the Coupe’s roof is about 2 in. lower, but its wheelbase is identical. This wedgy 2+2 comes standard with a 6-speed manual and 3.6-liter V-6 sourced from the sedan—sure ingredients for a sports coupe. Making 304 bhp, the direct-injected V-6 offers decent performance, but also an estimated 27 mpg on the highway, all while running on regular gasoline. A revised clutch and dual-mass flywheel are said to improve pedal feel and engine isolation, and the changes are sure to be made to the sedan as well.
Being a sports coupe, this CTS has a limited-slip differential as standard, but two optional performance packages exist: one with 18-in. all-season tires that’s available in both rear- and all-wheel drive, and a 19-in. summer tire package that’s sure to offer the highest level of grip. Helping to further differentiate the CTS Coupe from the sedan is the availability of Recaro seats from the Cadillac CTS-V. For those who don’t like the manual, a 6-speed automatic with steering wheel paddles is an option.
Not enough for you? Don’t worry; the CTS Coupe will get the V treatment of 556 supercharged horsepower. It will likely be shown at Detroit. The Coupe may lose two doors and 2 in. of overall length, but that doesn’t mean it will be less expensive. The starting price should be just above $50,000. Nobody ever said style was cheap.